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Procket Recruits Cisco Connection

William G. (Bill) Conlon, a former Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) executive, is being considered for a seat on the board of directors at Procket Networks Inc., Light Reading has learned.

Conlon's consideration by Procket's managers only confirms that the company is still retrenching its leadership. The move also adds fuel to the rumor that Procket has changed product strategies. If he gets the post, Conlon would replace Raza Foundries' Atiq Raza and U.S. Venture Partners' Irwin Federman, who were both on Procket's board last year but have since stepped aside.

Table 1: Procket's Board of Directors
Board Member Title
Randall J. Kruep President & CEO, Procket Networks
Richard Lowenthal Founder, Lightera, VP Engineering, Stratacom
William Lynch Founder & CTO, Procket Networks
Sharad Mehrotra Founder & Chairman, Procket Networks
Stuart Phillips � General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners
Geoff Yang Partner, Redpoint Ventures
Jorge Del Calvo � Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop
Source: Company data


Last week, Procket fired about 20 workers, mostly engineers, and it dismissed about 30 contract workers, according to a Light Reading report (see Is Procket Heading Toward the Edge?). Several sources in that article said that Procket had changed its plans to build a core router and is now building an edge router.

On Wednesday, Brad Kashani, Procket's vice president of global support and services, sent an email to Procket's founders, Tony Li and William Lynch, and several members of Cisco's executive staff, announcing that Conlon was being considered for a board position at Procket, according to a source who forwarded what is believed to be the original email to Light Reading.

The email note, written as an introduction, says that Conlon retired from Cisco a few months ago and reported to Doug Allred, Cisco's senior vice president of customer advocacy, at the time of his departure.

    Bill was a competent and seasoned leader who was well respected by many different organizations at Cisco. He spend a few years streamlining worldwide sales organization operations... His strong financial background also had positioned him as one of the potential candidates to succeed Larry Carter (CFO) if he ever left the position...

    If Doug Allred ever retired, Bill would most definitely be his replacement...

    Bill is not a technologist. His strengths are in the areas of Sales Operations, Finance, and Services. His particular contribution to Procket could be in the area of scaling the business.


The titles Conlon held at Cisco included VP of Worldwide Sales Finance (1996), VP of Market Development (1999), and, his most recently held title, Senior VP of Customer Advocacy.

A spokesperson for Procket said the company had no comment regarding its board or product plans. A Cisco spokesperson confirmed that Conlon resigned from the company in September 2001.

— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading
http://www.lightreading.com
Belzebutt 12/4/2012 | 11:02:45 PM
re: Procket Recruits Cisco Connection On Wednesday, Brad Kashani, Procket's vice president of global support and services, sent an email to Procket's founders, Tony Li and William Lynch, and several members of Cisco's executive staff, announcing that Conlon was being considered for a board position at Procket, according to a source who forwarded what is believed to be the original email to Light Reading.

A rather general question, I'm just wondering what motivates people to send internal information outside? The thrill of seeing your information on a public site? You don't get credit though. Disgruntled employee? Doesn't sound like it...
lightbulb0 12/4/2012 | 11:02:44 PM
re: Procket Recruits Cisco Connection It seems more like a US military compaign rather than a desparate silicon valley startup trying to finds its niche. Procket has been doing very well to stay so-called "stealth" mode and if they use it wisely, lightreading can be of their great help to build up positive and attractive images.

Excellent PR, but dont forget the bottomline, folks.
etherguy 12/4/2012 | 11:02:43 PM
re: Procket Recruits Cisco Connection kashani himself is ex-cisco, and still has the cisco e-staff email addresses in his contact folder. he accidentally cc:d them. nothing more to the story than that.
signmeup 12/4/2012 | 11:02:39 PM
re: Procket Recruits Cisco Connection Being an ex-Cisco'er and working for Brad, I can honestly say that if this were anything other than an accident (that the email got out) I would be suprised.

Incidentally, I would view Brad's assessment of BC right on target...

etherguy 12/4/2012 | 11:02:34 PM
re: Procket Recruits Cisco Connection the more you read this story the more you realize what a joke of a publication lightreading really is. all they know is that procket MIGHT be recruiting conlon to the board. that doesn't mean the company is re-trenching or re-thinking product strategy at all. all it means is procket wants that much more operating experience on its board. i applaud them. too few boards in the startup world have anyone with anything close to real world experience. lightreading takes this data, puts it together with other speculations and ties it back into "re-trenching." in-freaking-credible. run with it lr! it's all you've got, so you might as well make the most out of it!
deepciscothroat 12/4/2012 | 11:02:28 PM
re: Procket Recruits Cisco Connection Guys, don't you think this is weird? Conlon is still on the Cisco payroll -- well, at least here is still vesting -- and he is interviewing with one of Cisco's key competitors in the Internet router space?
Chambers really prides himself on loyalty and he inspires it in the troops he makes rich
myresearch 12/4/2012 | 11:02:05 PM
re: Procket Recruits Cisco Connection It is obvious that someone delibrately leaked the email. It is not clear what he or she trying to achieve. It could be that someone did not like
Conlon to join Procket's board; leaking the info
into public at early stage of negotiation will make it more difficult (particularly if Conlon is still on th epayroll of cisco).

MR
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