Tellabs' Absence of Malis

Andy 'The Basher' Malis, a Vivace founder and MPLS guru, has cut out of Tellabs for Verizon.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2006

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Tellabs' Absence of Malis

The man with the title of Chief Technologist at Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA), Andrew G. Malis, has figuratively put away his Echo Boomer-branded incense burner and skateboard so he could go to work for Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).

Malis left Tellabs in November and now holds the title Director of Packet Network Architecture at Verizon, where his job is to become the resident expert in telecom and data networking protocols including IP, MPLS, Ethernet, ATM, Frame Relay, and others.

To say Malis is well traveled in the telecom world is understatement. His 30-plus year career has included stops at Cascade Communications, Ascend Communications, Lucent Technologies, Vivace Networks, and Tellabs.

He is also President and Chairman of the Board of the MFA Forum . He's the MPLS/Frame Relay Alliance 's founding Technical Committee Chair. He's chaired a number of working groups in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the ATM Forum . Yes, he can even bend spoons with nothing but mental energy. And a pair of pliers.

Malis was one of very few Vivace Networks execs left at Tellabs. Tellabs bought Vivace in 2003 and has since seen the departure of Vivace's two founders and its marketing VP. But, when reached via email, Malis says things were good at Tellabs and he is happy with the Vivace product line, now the Tellabs 8800. (See Vivace Founder Leaves Tellabs, Tellabs Snags Vivace for $135M, Headcount: Family Time, and Tellabs Edges Into GPON.)

One thing you won't find on Malis's extraordinary resume: a stop at a service provider. Yes, Malis confirmed via email today that Verizon is indeed his first job at a service provider of any sort, despite being in the telecom business since Tellabs was a hip company.

"I'm already enjoying the opportunity to be the basher rather than the bashee," Malis gleefully writes from the IPsphere Forum in London. "I've had three vendor meetings already in my first two weeks."

Cheers to Andy "The Basher" Malis. Apparently being that close to New Jersey is already rubbing off.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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