Lucent Metro Boss Leaves
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