Musical Chairs

January 16th, 2009 by · Leave a Comment

Alongside the economic blizzard and the winter cold has come a reshuffling of executives at carriers and service providers.  That’s natural I suppose in a time where everyone is trying to streamline.  So to keep up, let’s go through a few of the recent events in this game of musical chairs.  This is obviously not a complete list, if you have one to add please don’t hesitate to post it in the comments section.

Two former metro fiber CEOs resurfaced recently, Danny Bottoms from OnFiber is now at Cavalier Telephone, and Lynn Refer from Looking Glass is now at Telecom Transport Management.  Welcome back to both of them!

XO Holdings (news, filings) has a new President of Business Services, Daniel Wagner, effective immediately.  Wagner was most recently at Global Crossing as EVP of Enterprise and Collaboration Services. At XO he will focus on “accelerating the division’s profitability and revenue growth by creatively integrating new and different approaches to delivering voice, data, converged and managed services for businesses and enterprises.”  Yeesh, what a long way to say ‘business services’.  Excuse me while I ‘creatively integrate new and different approaches to discussing telecom, data, content, and the internet for investors and industry participants’ – err, I mean ‘write a blog post’.

Over at glbc, Gary Breauninger took the Strategy & Corp Development team while its former head, David Cary, became Chief Marketing Officer. That of course, probably changes little more than the signs outside their offices, but congratulations anyway.  Also in the category of nameplate upgrades this winter:  PAETEC (news, filings) promoted Mary O’Connell to Senior VP, General Counsel, and Secretary.  Does that mean she gets three offices? 🙂

And while they haven’t made an announcement, it looks like Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) has a new head of Human Resources.  Gone from the Level 3 website is Margaret Porfido, who had been Chief HR Officer, and in her place is Michele Vion, Group VP of HR, who held various high tech HR positions before joining Level 3 a few years ago.  I have no idea whether this is a move by new COO Jeff Storey, or simply a case of Ms. Porfido moving on, or even if the company just messed up an update of its website.  Word has it though that the ranks of executives at Level 3 have thinned somewhat since Storey took over.

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