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Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

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11/18/2003

At 41, Dolce has already sold three startups and he’s now executive vice president of worldwide field operations at Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR). A question has landed him on this list: When will this man be the successor to Juniper CEO Scott Kriens? And wherever did he find such an enormous suit?

If Juniper ever hits the skids, would Dolce be the Marc Bulger to Scott Kriens' Kurt Warner – the backup who goes from a supporting role to carrying the franchise on his shoulders overnight? Or will he, like former Juniper chief operating officer Lloyd Carney, decide to take the top job at another company (see Headcount: Survey Sez)?

These questions – and all of the trumped up sensationalist drama that they imply – are what is keeping us interested in Juniper these days. Honestly, Juniper's been a bit of a yawner recently, but we look at Dolce and think: What is this guy's next move?

At 27, Dolce founded his first startup, Promptus Communications, a manufacturer of high-speed, digital network access. In 1995, he co-founded Arris Networks, which was sold a year later for about $175 million to Cascade Communications, which was later sold to Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU). After Cascade, Dolce founded Redstone Communications, which he sold in 1999 for $500 million to Unisphere Networks, the U.S. subsidiary of German telecommunications giant Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE).

Dolce eventually became president and CEO of Unisphere and, during that time, the company excelled in the edge router and broadband remote access server markets, coming in second only to Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO).

In August 2000, Unisphere filed for an initial public offering and, two years later, after formally splitting from Siemens, Dolce helped broker the deal that landed him at Juniper (see Juniper Nabs Unisphere for $740M).

So what's Jim going to do now? Hasn't he read our 2003 Predictions?

In anticipation of greatness, we're listing Dolce until we can think of a good reason not to. And, yes, that last sentence was carefully crafted with the intent of baiting the message boards.

 
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sir-wish-pro-wide-her
sir-wish-pro-wide-her
12/4/2012 | 11:14:43 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
1. You guys are seem a bit harsh on those that seem to have fallen from grace
2. Is there a typo in Really Horrible Haiku"? Is it supposed to be Hagger The Horrible?
3. I think you missed one more deserving entry in the "Has Been Bin". I would have included the lightreading staff member that had picked the previous top 10 movers and shakers :-)
btierney
btierney
12/4/2012 | 11:14:42 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
oops was refering to anderson and ferri
btierney
btierney
12/4/2012 | 11:14:42 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
and these guys really thought they could walk on water....
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
You admit that Lucent isn't performing well and yet you suggest we put Pat on our list because she's a woman?

Or because Fortune called her a powerful woman?

That sounds like the wrong thing to do for all the wrong reasons.

ph

P.S. Fortune magazine called Enron "America's Most Innovative Company" for six consecutive years.
Tony Li
Tony Li
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

Is it just me, or are all of the links pointing to their staging area?

Tony
Scott Raynovich
Scott Raynovich
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
no, it's not you... we screwed up.

we are fixing, but in the meantime the links on the left-hand side of the page in the black bar will get you where you need to go
indica1019
indica1019
12/4/2012 | 11:14:41 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
It's shameful that Lightreading contributes to the sexism in the telecom industry by not including a single woman on the Top Ten list.

While Fortune has put Pat Russo on it's 10 Most Powerful Women in Business again this year, she apparently doesn't make LR's cut. Lucent might not be at the top of it's game, but it's a hell of lot better off after Pat's tough decisions that none of her predecessors had the balls to make.

LR editors - when are you going to wake up from your cozy British boy's club and realize that the rest of the world has moved on? Get with it, mates.
dodo
dodo
12/4/2012 | 11:14:40 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
you may disagree but Pat's tough decisions were made(are being taken) to ensure that she together with her ilks can continue to fill their pockets whilst a lot of talent may be queuing in the food line once their severance and unemployment run out.

What innovative or groung-breaking decisions has she taken so far to sustain the business ?
Zilch !

Hence she has no place in the top ten JMHO
DCITDave
DCITDave
12/4/2012 | 11:14:39 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
re: "Hey Phil -- aren't you from Texas?"

Yep.

re: "What's this 'cozy Brit boys club' that indica's talking about?"

Dunno. Maybe someone's been reading Orwell's "Burmese Days" and they think I'm Ellis.
sevenbrooks
sevenbrooks
12/4/2012 | 11:14:39 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

I would have nominated Pat Russo for perhaps the worst CEO in telecom. She needs to cut horrible businesses and move along. Yet, she refuses to do so at the peril of Lucent. Its still a dog, its shrinking and no obvious path to growth.

Get rid of the dead wood.

Jim
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