Nortel appoints new CTO

As the new CTO of Nortel, Kunis will lead the company’s strategic vision regarding its product and technology portfolio

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By  Shankar Sharma Published  April 4, 2005

Nortel Networks has appointed Gary Kunis as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Kunis was a chief science officer at Cisco Systems until 2002 and was an early pioneer of the internet during the 1980s, leading several developments in internet protocol (IP) developments and routing technology. As CTO, Kunis will lead the company’s strategic vision regarding its product and technology portfolio. COO and Nortel President, Gary Daichendt highlights the company’s sentiments following the appointment. “We’re thrilled to have Gary join our team,” he says. Daichendt says the appointment of Kunis will have a strong impact on the corporation globally, resulting in trickle-down effects to the Middle East and Africa region. “His [Kunis] track record in leading the building, servicing and selling of network technologies globally will be a strong addition,” he adds. Kunis’ appointment is coupled with the announcement that his predecessor and 26-year Nortel veteran Brian McFadden, is appointed to the role of chief research officer (CRO). In this new role, McFadden will oversee the company’s advanced technology, research and standards organisation, and continue to report to Nortel’s president and COO. McFadden will be responsible for setting Nortel’s research priorities to ensure that they support the company’s business strategies. These include the maintaining of the company’s industry-leading status in end-to-end broadband, voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, plus wireless broadband solutions.

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