Nortel Man Pleads Guilty

9:45 AM -- Just when Nortel Networks Ltd. was getting its public image back in shape...

Joel Hackney, part of the new senior management team at the Canadian vendor, has pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a parking lot in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Hackney, the firm's senior VP of global operations and quality, was one of a number of executives brought in by CEO Mike Zafirovski at the beginning of 2006. (See Zafirovski Adds Another GE Exec to Nortel.)

For more details, see the News & Observer report, Nortel exec admits guilt in assault.

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 3:14:01 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty GÇ£ItGÇÖs such a minor thing that I havenGÇÖt been involved in it,GÇ¥

Can you feel the love... Ogden felt it!

Oh come on, it's just an "A" personality type, 37 year old exec. Execs will be execs.

Blame Canada.

sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:14:00 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty Was this a matter of road rage or did Hackney already know Ogden? And just how do you grab the left side of someone's face?
CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:13:59 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty All you have to do is look at this guy's face to understand why he would be a likely candidate for anger management...

(blow up the zip file is you dare want the full effect).

The its no big deal attitude expressed by hackney does not bode well for the probability that anger management training will have an impact.
hitekeng 12/5/2012 | 3:13:56 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty This incident is more of a personal rather than a professional behavior. Just because he is a Nortel employee does not necessarily mean that he is infallible. So he lost his marbles and took it out on the poor lady-driver!! He should be (and I hope he is being) punished like any other average "joe" and it is end of the story. If on the other hand his offence leads to a police record, then management should quietly take a hint of potential behavioral problems clouding his professional interactions and would and/or should have him re-assigned to another position or let him go altogether depending on the severity of the offence. I would however understand putting him in the spot light if he cooks the books, beat a customer or break ethical corporate guidelines.
pazybien 12/5/2012 | 3:13:56 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty First full discloser. I work for a competitor of Nortel and live in the same metro region as Mr. Hackney. I was surprised by his statement that the incident was a minor thing. He struck and threatened a 21 year old woman because she beeped her horn at him after he cut in front of her in a parking garage. I am of course not privy to the details of what appears to be a plea bargain but from the sounds of it the woman he hit has a lot more class than Mr. Hackney. He was ordered to give a modest amount of money to charity and basiclly get some help for himself. I think she could have made things much harder on him if she wanted to.
sigint 12/5/2012 | 3:13:56 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty I'm surprised at how lightly he got off. At motorist in virginia was sentenced to two years for throwing a paper cup at another motorist. Wouldn't grabbing someone's face (or other body part) be considered a more grave transgression? Strange.
alchemy 12/5/2012 | 3:13:55 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty This guy must be a bundle of laughs in a conference room. When Nortel gives him his game misconduct, he has a future down the street on the Duke Lacrosse team.
CoolLightGeek 12/5/2012 | 3:13:45 PM
re: Nortel Man Pleads Guilty HiTekEng,

I think you have it wrong. Illegal behavior reflects badly on a company even if it is on personal time and not done "on the job".

I have to wonder how many times he's gotten away with beligerent behavior especially toward people that are physically or politically less powerful than he is.

I would guess if you did a survey of Nortel female employees that they would not certainly not nominate him for position as a human resources VP.

Since as far as I have read, he has not denied touching the woman, the evidence suggests he deserves the spotlight.

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