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MEF appoints new Board of Directors

The MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) has announced the results of the 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors elections and subsequent appointments by the board. This leadership team will lead the MEF’s continued efforts to accelerate worldwide adoption of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services and technologies, and to advance global standards initiatives aligned with today’s increasingly dynamic services environment.

MEFThe MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) has announced the results of the 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors elections and subsequent appointments by the board. This leadership team will lead the MEF’s continued efforts to accelerate worldwide adoption of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services and technologies, and to advance global standards initiatives aligned with today’s increasingly dynamic services environment.

MEF president Nan Chen said, “The MEF has had an industry-defining year, with growth in membership, certified services, certified network equipment, and certified professionals. We are delighted to see accelerated use of CE 2.0 in every geographic region of the world and are particularly excited about the extraordinary popularity of the MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals program.The number of MEF-CECPs grew more than 160% to over 2,300 in the 12 month period ending June 30, 2014.”

MEF Board of Directors

Vincent Alesi – Director, Regional Ethernet Services, Verizon
Nan Chen – Executive Vice Chairman, CENX
Scott Mansfield – Principal Engineer, Ericsson
Andrew McFadzen – Head of Global Marketing, Network Services, Orange Business Services
Steve Mood – Chief Technology Officer, Omnitron Systems Technology
Eric Puetz – Director, Standards and Industry Alliances, AT&T Labs
Raghu Ranganathan – Principal, Office of CTO, Ciena
Robert Rockell – Vice President, Regional Engineering, Comcast
Ralph Santitoro – Director of Solutions Planning, Emerging Markets, Fujitsu Network Communications
Shahar Steiff – AVP Business Operations, PCCW Global
Michael Strople – President, Allstream

Appointment of Board Officers

Nan Chen – President
Andrew McFadzen – Chairman
Eric Puetz – Treasurer
Scott Mansfield – Secretary

Appointment of Advisory Directors

Bob Metcalfe – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin
Axel Clauberg – Vice President, IP & Optical, Deutsche Telekom AG
Zhao Huiling – Vice President of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, Director of the Cloud Research Center, China Telecom
Jeff Schmitz – Executive Vice President, Spirent Communications, Inc. and Chairman of the CloudEthernet Forum
James Walker, Vice President, Managed Network Services, Tata Communications and President of the CloudEthernet Forum

Appointment of Committee Co-Chairs

Technical – Raghu Ranganathan, Ciena and Mike Benchek, Siama Systems
Certification – Eric Puetz, AT&T and Sachin Vasudeva, Juniper Networks
Service Operations – Shahar Steiff, PCCW Global and Allan Langfield, Comcast
Global Marketing – Matthew Duckworth, Verizon, Mark Durrett, Overture Networks, and Ralph Santitoro, Fujitsu Network Communications

A communications industry alliance consisting of more than 225 member organizations, the MEF is the defining body for Carrier Ethernet and the driving force behind the global market for Carrier Ethernet services & technologies. The MEF operates through a collaborative framework where service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other member companies contribute to the development of technical and operational specification, certification, and marketing programs.

For more information about the MEF – including details about services, network equipment, and professional certification – visit www.MetroEthernetForum.org.

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