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Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom

Light Reading
11/18/2003
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Well, someone had to fill Carl Russo's spot on the list, didn't they?

When Ron Martin in 2002 left Fujitsu's FNC division to work at Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), a Fujitsu spokesman remarked the move was "completely voluntary." (See Fujitsu's Martin Joins Cisco.) Well, that's nice to know. At least Cisco doesn't yet have the power to force executives to work there.

It was a crafty hire by Cisco. Martin had worked big RBOC accounts for Fujitsu, which sells plenty of Sonet gear to the incumbents. Cisco figured Martin would give the Cisco ONS 15454 more credibility with the big telcos, which have traditionally resisted John Chambers's Southern charms and homespun discounts. Martin may have even had something to do with Cisco's defeat of his alma mater with the big deal at BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) (see BellSouth Chooses Cisco (and Lucent)).

Martin's arrival also closed the gap created by the departures of Don Listwin and Kevin Kennedy. In particular, Kennedy was trusted enough that, upon his departure, SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) wanted his personal reassurance that Cisco's future plans were still on target, so the story goes (see Cisco's Kennedy: Recruiter's Dream?).

Not to slight Jayshree Ullal, senior VP of the optical networking group. But her forte seems to be new markets, whereas survival during the downturn means crawling to the old-boy network of telcos.

The question of whether Martin gets to the next level may revolve around a big optical networking contract at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ). Verizon has famously shunned Cisco's advances and is using Cisco's gear in a secondary role as a Sonet supplier, according to many sources. If Martin can muscle out Fujitsu and Lucent and earn some serious green for Cisco in North America's largest RBOC account, we'll give him four spots on our list.

Hell, maybe we'll even invite him over for cocktails at our oceanfront timeshare in Missouri.

 
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sir-wish-pro-wide-her
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sir-wish-pro-wide-her,
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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
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btierney,
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12/4/2012 | 11:14:42 PM
re: Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Telecom
oops was refering to anderson and ferri
btierney
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btierney,
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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
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DCITDave,
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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
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Tony Li,
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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
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Scott Raynovich,
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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
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indica1019,
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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
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dodo,
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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
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DCITDave,
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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.
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sevenbrooks,
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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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