Navini Nabs Celite CEO

The founder, president, and CEO of DSL equipment maker Celite Systems Inc., Roger Dorf, has left his company to take the top job at Navini Networks Inc., a developer of broadband wireless gear, Light Reading has learned.

Dorf was announced as Navini's CEO to company employees on Monday, sources close to the company say. Alastair Westgarth, who is still listed as Navini's president and CEO on the company's Website, still works for Navini, but it's not clear what his role is.

"I can't say anything at this point," Westgarth told Light Reading when reached by phone on Wednesday evening.

Like several of Navini's top brass, Dorf -- not to be confused with Derk Dorf -- has some Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) experience in his past. He was the VP and general manager of Nortel's Broadband Access group (formerly Promatory Communications), prior to his stint at Celite.

The executive shuffling at Navini is nothing new. Since the company closed its most recent funding round, its management ranks have been turning over (see Navini Nabs $30M).

A few weeks ago, Bjorn Kirchdorfer, executive VP of commercial operations, and controller Jeffrey Havlock left the company. In their place the company installed Greg Marzullo, as the new VP of global sales, and former Chorum Technologies executive George Simpson as VP of operations (see Headcount: The World Needs People).

And, of course, the flight of Dorf may not spell good news for Celite, which has gone quiet since its last funding announcement in August 2003 (see Celite Scores $10M More). Celite officials could not be reached for comment.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

dodo 12/5/2012 | 1:23:42 AM
re: Navini Nabs Celite CEO Expect at least two more jumps from Celite to Navini. Dorf never goes alone.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 1:23:41 AM
re: Navini Nabs Celite CEO "Dorf never goes alone."

Movie tagline?
green hornet 12/5/2012 | 1:23:27 AM
re: Navini Nabs Celite CEO Roger didn't leave Celite - Celite left him, and all the others. They shut down about 2 weeks ago, so he was looking for a job when his contacts at Navini paid off.
wirelessbabe 12/5/2012 | 1:22:34 AM
re: Navini Nabs Celite CEO ...Kirchdorfer is an empty suit. Navini's better off without him. Havlock, on the other hand, was the one ethical guy in Navini's finance department - that one's a loss.
wirelessbabe 12/5/2012 | 1:21:47 AM
re: Navini Nabs Celite CEO Any idea why the BOD would approve of a CEO who couldn't make his last venture swim? Both are Austin Ventures companies, so looks like that's the connection. He must be pretty smooth...

Will be interesting to see what other top mgmt changes come about. Dorf's known to bring his good ol' boys with him...
teknow 12/5/2012 | 1:07:05 AM
re: Navini Nabs Celite CEO rumor has it he's looking for a new CTO and CFO...
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