Lucent Metro Boss Leaves

The Optical Networking group at Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) has regrouped once again. And a key personality has moved on.

Lucent has confirmed that Bob Barron, former president of Lucent's now-defunct Metropolitan Optical Networking division, has left his office in Herndon, Va., as of this past Friday. No information is available on where he's going.

"The integration of the Chromatis product line is complete, and he wants to pursue other interests. The parting was an amicable one," says Lucent spokesperson Frank Briamonte.

Wherever Barron lands, the move is yet another sign of the perpetual reorganization underway in Lucent's various networking groups.

Barron had headed up Lucent's Metro unit since August 2000, when Lucent first reorganized its Optical Networking group in the wake of the departure of Harry L. Bosco, former Optical Networking group president (see Lucent Shakes Up Optical Group). Barron came to the company via Lucent's June 2000 purchase of Chromatis, a DWDM metro startup at which he served as CEO.

The group Barron was heading up, Metropolitan Optical Networking, has now been folded back into the overall Optical Networking division, after being temporarily shifted to Lucent's InterNetworking Systems division last fall.

The temporary shift took place because Lucent wanted to get rid of duplication between the Metro and InterNetworking groups, spokespeople say.

The metropolitan networking products are now back in the Optical Networking group as of last month, under the supervision of Jeong H. Kim, group president of Optical Networking.

By the way, any rumors that Kim has left are completely false, Lucent says. "He's totally committed to staying at Lucent," says Briamonte.

Lucent's metropolitan networking products include the WaveStar AllSpectra enterprise optical system; the Chromatis DWDM platform series; and the Metropolis DMX edge aggregation device. A platform formerly dubbed WaveStar AllMetro was cancelled after the consolidation was completed. The Chromatis product line also incorporates some of the technology that Lucent acquired in its acquisition of Ignitus last year (see Lucent, Chromatis & Ignitus: A True Tale?), Lucent says.

These products are in varying stages of readiness. AllSpectra and the Chromatis platforms are now in beta trials, Lucent says (without saying where the trials are taking place). The DMX platform has completed beta trials and is shipping in release 1.

This story will be updated as we get more information.

- Mary Jander and Phil Harvey, Senior Editors, Light Reading http://www.lightreading.com
photonic 12/4/2012 | 8:38:03 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves I would appreciate it if you stop the gossip and write real articles about Redback's pre-announcement. NT's pre-announcements were followed immediately by scathing articles. I am waiting.
Scott Raynovich 12/4/2012 | 8:38:01 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves We'll be getting to Redback... tomorrow.
optinuts 12/4/2012 | 8:37:58 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves another LR story way out of date. lr makes it sound like it got a scoop. for those that work at lucent, this is old hat.
NorthByNorthwest 12/4/2012 | 8:37:57 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves Please eliminate my post!!! Why:

1. I do not advertise

2. I have little tolerance for constant inaccuracy

3. I have little tolerance for reporting that is biased for companies who don't sponsor LR.

Censor me, for God's sake!!!

shredj 12/4/2012 | 8:37:50 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves Ok, maybe it is old news. But lets face it, this is fun stuff.
gea 12/4/2012 | 8:37:49 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves What a kook! Hell, there are a lot of kooks reading Lightreading out there.
I'm almost tempted to think this is the first time this guy has read any reporting on a field he had any knowledge of.
What do you kooks expect? Journalism has never been particularly objective, or accurate. Lightreading does about as well as the New York Times (maybe better, read Noam Chompsky's writings on the NYT's reporting). In addition, they need to spice it up and make it sound juicy.
The result is the kind of reporting you see anywhere in this country. Take it for what it is, and then you'll enjoy it.
jimbo59 12/4/2012 | 8:37:42 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves Chromatis...great acquisition it was too. Came in under the Mcginn regime and with the Ignitus controversy to boot. ergo McGinn...et tu Barron. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
voyeur 12/4/2012 | 8:37:37 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves This is interesting considering the legal rumblings about Chromatis investors possibly filing suit against LU. Supposedly, the investors are angry that their booty is no longer worth as much as originally expected. Of course, most acquisitions are no longer worth what they were originally valued at, but how much did Barron know?
hujifan 12/4/2012 | 8:34:46 PM
re: Lucent Metro Boss Leaves Does anyone know how the DMX is different from Cisco's 15454? It seems the DMX is a classic "me too late" box.
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