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The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking

Lost, stolen, or strayed

David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls aren’t the only ones now residing in a “Where Are They Now?” file.

In fact, it’s one of the remarkable things about the optical networking industry that some of its most famous faces can be here one day, gone the same day.

It’s as if they’ve accidentally leaned on the secret handle over the mantelpiece and suddenly vanished – eek! – through the revolving panel into the secret passageway [ed. note: get on with it!].

Okay. Here, then, we present a list of former A-list players who have gone... no one knows where.

Rich McGinn

Is it possible for McGinn to get another job in networking? Don’t bet against it. He’s hotly tipped to become a VC. We want to know where.

Joe Furgerson

Joe was formerly vice president of marketing at Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR), and saw the company through from its formative days as a startup (when people kept calling it Jupiter), through its IPO, to infinity and beyond. Then, one day, he just disappeared.

Enquiries as to his whereabouts are met by Juniper with a shrug, a wink, or a wry smile and a shake of the head. Rumor has it he was ousted (gasp!) following an outside audit by a New York image consultancy (which seems churlish if so), but no one knows for sure [cue theme from Twilight Zone].

It’s a mystery: one that we want to unravel.

Bob Barron

He was the president of Lucent Technologies Inc.'s (NYSE: LU) now-defunct Metropolitan Optical Networking division. Now, not. (See Lucent Metro Boss Leaves.)

He never calls... he never writes...

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If you have information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals, contact us at [email protected]. Solid leads will be rewarded with a Light Reading limited edition T-shirt.

Alternatively, if you know someone who you think should be listed on this page, let us know. Heck, it’s cheaper than putting their photo on a milk carton.

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MrLight 12/4/2012 | 9:33:42 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking Yes for startups, if they have the right product, at the right time and at the right price.

However, it looks like the "The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking" needs updating.

We should at least have someone from Cisco, Ciena, Juniper (well they will get more optical), Nortel/lucent (yoyr pick), JDSU, Bookham, Huawei, Tellabs/Fujitsu

also a VC name, a customer name (who is building an optical Ethernet network say), and finally someone in one of the new up and coming startups.

MrLight :-Q,wanting some light shed on the new movers and shakers
actual 12/4/2012 | 8:20:46 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking Absolutely amazing piece of garbage. Lightreading is becoming the National Enqirer of Optical Networking
NoObjectivity 12/4/2012 | 8:20:45 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking Crappy, desparate pseudo-humour on Russo and Lucent, nonsensical tech ranking...these guys are sinking.
fatchance 12/4/2012 | 8:20:43 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking This must be a slow news day, at least give us some real scandals or at least make up something outrageous that will get the message board burning. You can always print a retraction later.
noitall 12/4/2012 | 8:20:42 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking he's not only very smart, and very connected but he's a humble, decent guy who people can trust. worldview is the best vc firm you've never heard of, that's true, but it's for a good reason: they spend more time with their companies than promoting themselves.
noitall 12/4/2012 | 8:20:37 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking what has cisco done in optics???? the cerent box is the ONLY real success story they've ever had and now that product is under fire from multiple vendors, they have no products they've built that are really compelling under his leadership...and anyone who's serious about optics knows cisco's product line, across the board, sucks....pirelli? shut down. qeyton? shut down. they are nowhere in optics! is lr on the cisco payroll?
optical-tracker 12/4/2012 | 8:20:35 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking Keep looking for Joe Furgerson and let us know where he is. I have a marketing position he would be great for.
bear 12/4/2012 | 8:20:32 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking that's part of the fun in it...chill out and stay a while.
bear 12/4/2012 | 8:20:32 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking agreed
LightCycle 12/4/2012 | 8:20:31 PM
re: The Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Optical Networking Here's a little kicker on Huber.

Apparently in recent months hes been introducing himself to potential Carrier customers as "...I co-founded CIENA..."

Nice foot-in-the-door Huber!
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