New appointments to Marconi's board include:

  • John Devaney (seated), former chairman of Exel plc, as chairman. He replaces interim chairman Derek Bonham (standing), who remains a non-executive director until the end of Marconi's financial restructuring.
  • Kent Atkinson, former Lloyds TSB group finance director, as non-executive director and audit committee chairman.
  • Werner Karl Koepf, former executive chairman of Compaq Computer in EMEA, as a non-executive director.
  • Allen Thomas as chairman of the remuneration committee, after being made non-executive director in May 2002.


The Resilient Packet Ring Alliance has made Jack Basi, Infineon Technologies Catamaran Inc's marketing VP, as board member and VP of marketing. He will continue efforts to promote the value of RPR technology and the IEEE 802.17 RPR standard through marketing initiatives and research projects.

"As we move to working group ballot for draft 2.0 of the IEEE 802.17 RPR standard, the Alliance sees increasing demand for our organisation to be the de facto credible source of information for RPR and its value to the market," said chairman John Hawkins, Nortel Networks' senior marketing manager for Optical Ethernet. "Jack offers tremendous insight into the market."

Cambridge, UK-based optical switch module developer Polatis has appointed Dave Lewis as CEO. Interim CEO and chairman Dr Gary Vanstone will continue as chairman.

"Polatis has strong financial backing and has developed a unique core technology that can be exploited in a number of applications — the first is a very low loss optical switch," said Lewis.

Lewis has over 20 years experience in the telecoms industry. He was executive VP & general manager of Marconi's Optical Networks business unit. Earlier, he was managing director Optical Networks, managing director Access & Transport Networks and Network Systems Group engineering director.

Alzenau-based Leybold Optics GmbH has made Carsten Kipping chief financial officer. In cooperation with CEO Jürgen Meinel, he will conduct company expansion.

Kipping will be responsible for finance and production. "In our project-oriented business we want to achieve maximum flexibility and efficiency," he says. One goal is to halve delivery time.

After working in technical sales and distribution Kipping studied business management at the Wissenschaftliche Hochschule für Unternehmensführung, Germany. He was excecutive consultant at McKinsey, responsible for strategy and business development of high-tech and telecoms companies.

TeliaSonera-Group has made Rune Nyberg director of human resources. He will assume his duties in the spring, by 1 June at the latest.

Nyberg has been Sandvik AB's director of human resources since 1996. He has experience in HR at AB DAGAB, JS Saba AB and PAIR Ltd. From 1982–92 he was director of HR at AB Sandvik Coromant, from 1992–95 president of PAIR Ltd in London, and since 1996 group VPt at Sandvik AB. Nyberg is chairman of AB Sandvik Service, Sandvik South East Asia Pt Ltd and Göranssonska Skolan. He is also a board member of Seco Tools AB. "He will be an asset to the new Group with his business-oriented background in industry and commodities," says TeliaSonera AB president and CEO Anders Igel.

Lars Härenstam, Telia AB's former director of HR, has been made director of HR for Coop Norden, with its head office in Gothenburg.

The MPLS Forum's new president and chairman is Andrew G Malis, who is vice chairman and chair of its Technical Committee as well as chief technologist of Vivace Networks Inc.

He will continue working with board members to support development and deployment of MPLS technology through interoperability testing, implementation agreements and educational programs.

After working on Arpanet 25 years ago Malis held senior engineering positions at Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Ascom Nexion, Cascade Communications, Ascend Communications, and Lucent Technologies. He is also involved in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the ATM Forum.

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