In 2001, then Procket CEO Randall Kruep, a Cisco veteran himself, had this observation regarding Cisco's culture, which is worth revisiting in light of the Procket deal: "Cisco has grown so big and become so bureaucratic that it is no longer a place where the best engineers want to work," Kruep told the Financial Times.
When the next Procket CEO, Roland Acra, left Cisco to take his post there, he told Light Reading that the three reasons for joining the startup were the superior technical team; the company's viable, shipping products; and the chance that it could sell a lot of systems in the next 12 to 18 months.
Two out of three ain't bad.
Let's give that topic the pink slip for now and run through the other hirings and firings happening recently in the telecom world:
Here are some other appointments and disappointments of note:
- Gary Smith: I’m OK, We’re OK
- Hyperchip Has a Hiccup
- Big Bear Hires VP Sales
- Phyworks Appoints Global Sales VP
- Xtend Hires Sales VP
- Newport Hires Ex-Nortel Exec
- Pandatel Names VP Sales N. America
- Amedia Adds Vets to Board
- Court Gives Movaz More Time
— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading