Light Reading Unveils Speaker Lineup

NEW YORK -- More than 20 telecom industry leaders will take the podium to offer their insights into the telecom sector’s ongoing recovery and its future prospects at a major new industry summit to be hosted in September by Light Reading Inc. (www.lightreading.com).

Light Reading’s Links 2004 Executive Summit™, to be held September 19-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Golf Resort and Spa in Northern California, will bring together more than 200 key telecom industry executives from the service provider, enterprise user, and technology supplier communities. The event will explore the role of emerging services and technologies in shaping future supply and demand for telecom services.

The following industry leaders will be speaking at Links 2004:

Keynote speakers:

  • Mike Volpi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Routing Technology Group, Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO)
  • Scott Kriens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Juniper Networks (Nasdaq: JNPR)
  • Rod Randall, Senior Managing Director, Vesbridge Partners

Session speakers:

  • Mark Kaish, VP, Next-Generation Solutions, BellSouth (NYSE: BLS)
  • Ralph Ballart, VP, Broadband Infrastructure and Services, SBC Laboratories (NYSE: SBC)
  • Steve Liddell, Senior VP, Transport, Infrastructure & Access, Strategic Business Unit, Level (3) Communications
  • Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Ex-FCC Commissioner who helped author the 1996 Telecom Act of 1996 and became an outspoken critic of federal telecom policy
  • Carl Russo, President and CEO, Calix
  • Kevin J. Dundon, Senior VP, Wholesale VOIP Services, Level (3) Communications
  • Stan Lumish, CTO, JDS Uniphase
  • Jason P. Talley, CEO, Nuvio
  • Karl Thedéen, VP, Wireline, Ericsson
  • Bob Hammer, Chairman, President, and CEO, CommVault Systems
  • Hubert (Bert) Whyte, President and CEO, net.com
  • Hemant Bheda, President and CEO, Parama Networks
  • Stephen M. McCarthy, Senior Executive VP, Global Customer Sales and Service, Tellabs
  • Samir Samhouri, VP, Marketing, Applications and Product Line Management, Telecommunications Division, Agere Systems
  • Paul Segre: Chief Technology Officer, Genesys, an Alcatel Company
  • Surya Panditi: Chairman, Avici Systems Inc., President and CEO, Polaris Networks

Links 2004 conference attendees also will receive an exclusive preview of new research from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), Light Reading’s paid research division, analyzing current and projected supply and demand patterns for telecom services and products. The new research is based on surveys involving more than 1,000 enterprise and residential customers, telecom service providers, and systems and components manufacturers.

The event also features Light Reading’s inaugural Executive Golf Tournament, to be held on Sunday, September 19, at the Ritz-Carlton’s prestigious Ocean Course, as well as a gala banquet featuring a post-dinner speech by TV talk-show icon Jerry Springer.

Attendance to Links 2004 is open to qualified executives from the telecom industry, enterprise user community, and financial community. For more information on Links 2004 or to register, go to http://www.lightreading.com/event/links2004.

A limited number of press passes are available for this event.


David A. Williams
Sales Director
Heavy Reading
(415) 293-8470
[email protected]

Press contact:
Dennis Mendyk
Managing Director
Heavy Reading
(201) 587-2154
[email protected]
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