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October 27, 2014
Genband CTO Fred Kemmerer has left the vendor to start his own consulting practice, Light Reading learned on Monday.
Kemmerer's LinkedIn profile indicates that he left the unified communications company sometime earlier this year to become president and CEO of Strategic Options Business Consulting. He was with Genband Inc. for six years and also served as the Chairman of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) 's Technology and Operations (TOPS) Council since 2012. (See Genband Exec to Head ATIS Tech Council.)
Genband didn't respond to a questions about when Kemmerer left the company and who would be filling the CTO role, but a former employee says he's been gone for a while now. The management team page on Genband's website doesn't currently list anyone as CTO.
We will update this story as soon as we get a reply from Genband about the CTO role.
Want to keep up on the headcount changes, exits and new hires in the industry? Check out our dedicated jobs page on Light Reading.
Genband has had several shakeups to its top-level management ever since CEO Charlie Vogt left the company in June 2013, taking a few executives with him to Harris Broadcast, and turning the reins over to Chairman David Walsh. (See Genband CEO Quits, Joins Harris Broadcast, What's Next for Genband? and Pulling the Strings at Genband.)
The vendor has since been working hard to shed its legacy image and build out its mobile and enterprise stories, as well as convince operators that it has a well-paved path to NFV and SDN. (See Genband Builds Out Its Mobile Strategy, Genband Unifies Its Enterprise UC Story and Genband Starts NFV Push With Distributed SBC.)
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading
Director, Women in Comms
Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.
She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.
As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.
Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.
Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.
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