50 Ways To Leave Your Lucent
It’s hard to find good help these days, and even harder to keep it – a lesson Lucent is learning by rote.
The optical behemoth is losing important personnel at an impressive rate. Most recently, Mark H. Mortensen, who was director of operations innovations and architecture at Lucent http://www.lucent.com, has just now signed with Granite Systems Inc. http://www.granite.com, a privately held software company that offers configuration management for broadband and wireless carrier networks.
Lucent’s loss is Granite’s gain. Engineers of any type are hard to come by these days, but those with software expertise command the highest valuations of all. “[Mortensen] has got a high profile, he’s highly technical, and he’s been looking for a while,” said a source at one of Granite’s competitors, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mortensen, who started with Bell Labs in 1978, will be overseeing the design and marketing of Granite’s products worldwide. It should be an easy transition for him. At Lucent he was in charge of overseeing the design and integration of the software products that managed Lucent telecom gear, including switches and cross-connects.
Mortensen’s just the latest in a line of Lucent leavers. In March, Brad Kummer, former chief technology officer of the optical fiber systems engineering group, joined Cogent Communications http://www.cogentco.com, an Internet service provider, as chief technology officer of optical transport.
Lucent also recently suffered the loss of seven key staff within its optical component group. And last December Mayan Networks Corp.http://www.mayannetworks.com, an optical networking startup, snapped up an entire team of ATM design engineers from a Lucent subsidiary called AG Communication Systems (see Alan Brown, from Lucent to Mayan ).