Genband CTO Fred Kemmerer has left the vendor to start his own consulting practice, Light Reading learned on Monday.
Kemmerer's LinkedIn profile indicates that he left the unified communications company sometime earlier this year to become president and CEO of Strategic Options Business Consulting. He was with Genband Inc. for six years and also served as the Chairman of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) 's Technology and Operations (TOPS) Council since 2012. (See Genband Exec to Head ATIS Tech Council.)
Genband didn't respond to a questions about when Kemmerer left the company and who would be filling the CTO role, but a former employee says he's been gone for a while now. The management team page on Genband's website doesn't currently list anyone as CTO.
We will update this story as soon as we get a reply from Genband about the CTO role.
Genband has had several shakeups to its top-level management ever since CEO Charlie Vogt left the company in June 2013, taking a few executives with him to Harris Broadcast, and turning the reins over to Chairman David Walsh. (See Genband CEO Quits, Joins Harris Broadcast, What's Next for Genband? and Pulling the Strings at Genband.)
The vendor has since been working hard to shed its legacy image and build out its mobile and enterprise stories, as well as convince operators that it has a well-paved path to NFV and SDN. (See Genband Builds Out Its Mobile Strategy, Genband Unifies Its Enterprise UC Story and Genband Starts NFV Push With Distributed SBC.)
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading