Edzard J C Overbeek, VP for Channels & Alliances in EMEA, Cisco Systems Inc

Cisco Systems Inc has appointed Edzard J C Overbeek as VP for Channels & Alliances in EMEA, based at its new Amsterdam campus. He will be responsible for strategy and operations throughout EMEA, providing channel partners with training, tools and resources. He will also be part of the global channel leadership team led by Paul Mountford, VP WW Channels.

Overbeek joined Cisco in June 2000 and was previously general manager of Cisco Systems Netherlands. Other positions since 1991 included senior management positions with Fujitsu ICL Trading, the ICP division of Siemens.

Brynjolfur Bjarnason, chief executive officer, Iceland Telecom

Iceland Telecom (Síminn) has appointed Brynjólfur Bjarnason, CEO of Grandi since 1984, as its new chief executive officer. Bjarnason replaces Óskar Jósefsson, who now rejoins PwC after a one-year tenure as an interim CEO.

Brynjólfur has a BSc degree in Business administration from the University of Iceland and an MBA in microeconomics from the University of Minnesota.

Michele Caforio, Sales Manager Italy, LDCOM Networks

Michele Caforio has been appointed Sales Manager Italy for LDCOM Networks, the French operator which has a fibre network extending to Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

Caforio will develop the business in Italy, represented by a large co-location centre in Milan and a fibre network from Milan to France and Switzerland. LDCOM is able to offer dark fibre in both long-haul and metropolitan areas of Milan and Turin.

Caforio has much experience in the telecom industry, both in products and services. Prior to his appointment he opened and managed the Italian office of Energis Carrier Services.

Syrus Madavi, president and COO, JDS Uniphase

JDS Uniphase has named former Texas Instruments executive Syrus Madavi as president and chief operating officer. He replaces Greg Dougherty, who is on a leave of absence to care for an ill family member. Dougherty is credited with spearheading JDS' restructuring. Madavi's main strategic challenges include continuing cost-cutting without losing the ability to ramp up once growth returns.

Madavi was chairman, president and CEO of analogue and mixed-signal IC maker Burr-Brown from 1994 until it was acquired by Texas Instruments in 2000.

Doug Beatty, CFOr, Nortel Networks,

Nortel Networks Corp's Frank A Dunn (who has been chief financial officer as well as president and CEO since February) has appointed Douglas C Beatty as CFO of both Nortel Networks Corp and its principal operating subsidiary Nortel Networks Ltd.

Beatty joined Nortel in 1985 after six years in control and treasury with a diversified Canadian investment company. In 1995 he joined Sprint Canada Inc as VP finance. He returned to Nortel in March of 1999 as controller, responsible for external and management reporting requirements.

Beatty will be responsible for the functions of treasury, control, investor relations, tax, financial operations and planning, general auditor, and corporate development.

Beatty will remain based at Nortel's Brampton, Ontario HQ.

John Pluthero, CEO, Energis

Former utility-owned UK telecoms group Energis has replaced CEO David Wickham (who becomes deputy chief executive) with John Pluthero, founder and head of UK Internet service provider Freeserve, which is one of Energis' largest clients and runs most of its services on its networks.

Since Energis Holdings Ltd was acquired in July by Chelys, a company majority owned by a consortium of financial institutions, Pluthero and Wickham will head Chelys together with new chairman and UK Conservative Party MP Archie Norman. The UK business will retain the Energis brand.

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