Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

Matt Bross has left Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to join -- according to one industry source -- Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR).

Juniper wouldn't comment, citing a policy to keep mum on rumors. Huawei did confirm that Bross has moved on, however.

His departure makes sense. Part of Bross's mission as Huawei's North American CTO was to help the company make inroads with North American carriers. He even got profiled in Business Week for it. But -- a Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) deal notwithstanding -- Huawei's chances in the United States are pretty much nil. The government has declared Huawei's equipment a security risk, making it highly unlikely that either AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) or Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), the real prizes of the U.S. market, will ever be buyers.

Huawei also recently lost John Roese, its senior vice president, who's become CTO at EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC).

Bross is known to Light Reading readers going way back to his days with Williams Communications, where he got unwanted attention for accepting pre-IPO stock from equipment companies. He later joined BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) and spent seven years helping implement its 21CN strategy.

Huawei gave Bross some kind words in confirming his departure. "Matt not only has been a key figure in Huawei technology advancements in the past three years, he also brought a business acumen that contributed significantly to Huawei’s continuous pursuit of customer-centric innovation of products and solutions. We thank Matt for all of his contributions to Huawei and wish him well in the future," Huawei spokeswoman Jannie Luong wrote in an email to Light Reading.

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Stevery 12/5/2012 | 5:18:22 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

Anyone who is in the market for an exec who will make major purchasing decisions while openly taking shares awarded by the suppliers, here's your chance.

billy_fold 12/5/2012 | 5:18:20 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

Sorry dude.  Bross is not going to help them with execution or vision.


geekhole 12/5/2012 | 5:18:20 PM
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The only possible reason to bring Bross into Juniper is to close a sale, which would confirm Wall Street rumors. The company needs more execution, not vision.

photon2 12/5/2012 | 5:18:20 PM
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Seriously, Juniper?  If they hired Bross, I now have no respect left for that company.


Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:18:19 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

I'd agree with geekhole that Juniper has about as much vision as it can handle.

geekhole 12/5/2012 | 5:18:18 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

In the west, Huawei needs to focus on high volume, low cost markets like DVRs, Femto/Wi-Fi residential routers, wireless APs, FTTH/FTTC, smartphones, etc where security is less a concern and their lower prices would be welcome, not the network core where they are not. 

rainbowarrior 12/5/2012 | 5:18:18 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

Is this a sign of more to come at Huawei? It seems to be right on the heels of the Congressional statement and the 60 Minutes story. 

Is Huawei dismantling the US operation?

desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 5:18:18 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei


You're being kind today.  Right now, they don't have either vision or execution.  I'm sure there are Juniperians who despised PBT and may not be able to stomach Bross in an exec role there...


myhui 12/5/2012 | 5:18:17 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

What are the underlying causes of Juniper's slow execution problem?

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 5:18:13 PM
re: Matt Bross Leaves Huawei

When you think about it the timing of this article is pretty funny:  Sycamore just shut down, and they really wouldn't have been worth a damn without the Williams contract.

I'm glad to see that he's been immortalized in the literature.

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