Poll was VP of emerging technologies at Qwest; he was one of the folks that helped evaluate startups and evolve the carrier's network technology. Having Qwest on your resume these days does raise eyebrows, but Mahi CEO Chris Rust assures us that Poll is "squeaky clean."
Porta, a 34-year SBC veteran, is coming out of retirement to join Mahi. In his new job, he'll help the startup respond to large carrier requests for proposals (RFPs) while using his connections to give Mahi a boost in the access market.
Mahi now has 160 employees, and Rust says the company will add another 25 to 30 this year in order to support some upcoming business.
Sources say Raza is arranging to take the intellectual property from SiSilk Networks, Maple Optical Systems, and some other failed Raza Foundries startups in order to form a new chip company called RFI Microelectronics.
Raza, however, disputes the speculation. "Your information is wrong and I am not discussing anything relating to our future," he writes in an email to Headcount. "I consider such information to be sensitive and confidential."
The New Jersey-based company developed a vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) designed to support up to 36 channels on singlemode 850nm fiber ribbon. It spun off from Bell Labs in 2000 and raised about $10 million in funding. During the past year, its headcount dwindled from about 45 employees to around 25 in April 2002 (see AraLight Cuts It Short).
McManus says the company continues to support both LambdaXtreme and Metropolis products, which have already gained support from several carriers. Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has been trialing the LambdaXtreme. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), Belgacom, and Slovak Telecom have announced trials for EON. Verizon was rumored to be reconsidering EON in lieu of a product from Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) (see Tellabs: Alcatel's Silent Partner at Sprint?).
“We reached the point where we now have five solid differentiating factors on our products,” says Kris Shankar, vice president of marketing for Metro-Optix. “We don’t need to add a lot of incremental features to the product, so we felt it was best to focus on sales and marketing.”
In the end, the merged company will combine fewer than 50 employees from Lightwave, and another 50 from NeoPhotonics, for a tally of less than 100. Neophotonics CEO Tim Jenks adds that NeoPhotonics kept "key parts of the management and technical teams in Lightwave" and that the company has continued the production of Lightwave's existing products.
- "Although the decision to significantly reduce our workforce was extremely difficult to make, it is intended to right-size our corporate resources. – Dr. Richard Nottenburg, chairman, president, and CEO, Multilink Technology Corp. (Nasdaq: MLTC) (see Multilink Lays Off).
- “A total of approximately 150 people were made redundant.” – Song Networks Holding AB (Nasdaq: SONW) press release (see Song Reports Q4, Full Year)
- "We have made decisions that certain individual positions were not optimally organized for our business as it looks today.” – Eric Brown, director of public relations, Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) (see Scratch My Back).
- More than 25 percent of Digital Bridges Ltd. staff has been "de-emphasized" due to the company's tighter focus on Java. – Paul Maglione, senior VP of marketing (see Retrenching Around Java).
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Here's a summary of other industry appointments, disappointments, and workplace issues from the past week:
- Metromedia Names Chairman/CEO
- AsiaInfo Names CEO, Chairman
- Redback's Arnold Included in SEC Suit
- Tenor Goes Silent
- Path 1 Appoints VP/GM
- Prosecutors' Party at Qwest
- IP Unity Names Sales Chief
— Marguerite Reardon, Phil Harvey, Craig Matsumoto, and Mary Jander, Senior Editors, Light Reading