Musical Chairs 1-29: AOL, AboveNet, BroadSoft, MegaPath

January 29th, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

A few quick notes on the everlasting game of musical chairs amongst executives across the sector:

Mike Manos has resurfaced as the new Senior VP of Technology at none other than AOL.  Manos headed up Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) for many years, and last year was working over at Nokia.  His appearance at AOL suggests that the company is reinventing itself again, this time with data center infrastructure and the cloud in their sights.  In his own blog, Loose Bolts, Manos didn’t give much away about those plans, but suggested that internally AOL has the feel of a startup with excitement in the air.  A resurgent AOL would make for an interesting 2011 to be sure.

Over at abvt, Rajiv Datta is taking on the newly created position of COO, overseeing the company’s Operations, Sales, Marketing, IT, Product and Engineering divisions.  Datta was most recently the company’s CTO of course, and hence the move doesn’t forecast big changes at AboveNet – he probably just needs a new plaque outside his office.  But it does reflect AboveNet’s growing size and complexity, requiring a bit more delegation from CEO Bill LaPerch perhaps.

Broadsoft (NASDAQ:BSFT, news, filings) has added two new board members: David Bernardi and Charlie Ill.  Bernardi is currently CTO of Canada’s Telesystem, Ltd. and has been managing partner at ID Capital Management.  Ill is an SVP of Fair Isaac Corporation, and was previously an SVP at Avaya.  Broadsoft also unveiled an integrated suite of UC services aimed at 4G networks last week, and is pushing their BroadCloud SaaS offering.

And finally, Megapath (news) has named Chris Gellos as SVP of Sales.  Gellos had been VP of Sales at Speakeasy, which of course was one of the three companies that merged last year to create today’s MegaPath.  Gellos will be doing the same job in his new position as in his old, building and managing both direct and channel sales organizations.  MegaPath also plugged their hosted VoIP services this week for the SMB market, listing Seattle-based manufacturer Pace International as an example customer.

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