Bethesda, MD, - March 21, 2007 FiberZone Networks Inc., a provider of Automated Fiber Management (AFM) solutions, welcomes industry luminaries Ross Ireland, Jack Wimmer and William L. Schrader to its advisory board, joining with founding advisory board member Dr. Ralf Rieken.
Mr. Ireland served as Senior Executive Vice President of Services and Chief Technology Officer for SBC Communications (now AT&T). In this capacity, he was responsible for Network Planning and Engineering, SBC Laboratories, Procurement, Real Estate, the Network Staff Groups and IT. Ross also ran six of the company's National Businesses, including SBC Long Distance, SBC Paging, SBC Operator Services, SBC Public Communications, SBC Video Services, and SBC Messaging. Mr. Ireland retired from SBC in May of 2004 after 38 years of service. He currently serves on several boards and advisory boards.
Mr. Wimmer served from 1973 to 2006 in a variety of roles at Verizon / MCI Communications, most recently as VP Network Architecture and Advanced Technology (2001 to 2006) and VP Network Technology and Planning (1998 to 2001). In his last position, Mr. Wimmer assumed global corporate responsibility for the development of all aspects of network technology and architecture for the MCI network, which drove $1B to $3B in annual capital investment. In that role he led numerous strategic network initiatives for MCI including; development of their advanced high speed optical network; architecture for the converged IP/MPLS packet network; and design of an industry leading carrier class Ethernet infrastructure.
Mr. Schrader has 30 years of technology management experience, including 23 years as a CEO. From 1989 to 2001, he was founder, Chairman and CEO of PSINet Inc., a NASDAQ traded firm providing Internet services over a global fiber network. PSINet's fiber Internet system spanned five continents, served 30 countries, employed over 10,000 people, produced $2 billion in annualized revenue, and was one of the world's largest Internet providers. Since February 2005, he has served as Chairman, President and CEO of Synchris Inc., a Virginia-based software firm offering document management, collaboration, and secure communications.
Messrs. Ireland, Wimmer, and Schrader join long time FiberZone advisor Dr. Ralf Rieken. Since January 2005 Dr. Rieken has held the position of President and CEO with Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California. He previously served as VP Strategy Development with Siemens Information and Communication Networks and VP Engineering of Optisphere Networks. In this capacity he led initiatives to enhance and automate fiber connectivity systems. Dr. Rieken has worked with FiberZone since the company's founding and initial product definition phases.
"Ross, Jack, and Bill have each played central roles in the deployment of the global fiber infrastructure," said Gil Eyal, President and CEO of FiberZone. "They led efforts at major network operators to establish requirements, assess alternatives, and select successive generations of technology for optical networks. Ross, Jack, and Bill understand from experience the operational and management challenges posed by the fiber-rich infrastructure. Their joining with Ralf on the FiberZone team is a clear validation of the need for AFM in general and the suitability of FiberZone's technology in particular."
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FiberZone Networks delivers remote fiber connectivity solutions to datacenters and networks with its Automatic Fiber Management (AFM) product line, delivering reliability, flexibility, fault tolerance and management to the fiber infrastructure. FiberZone's AFM significantly increases network reliability and availability, reduces operating costs, minimizes network faults and human errors, and prevents revenue losses & SLA (Service Level Agreement) penalties. FiberZone's AFM product line utilizes patent-pending Latched Optical Coupling (LOCTM) technology that delivers reliable passive connectivity in a remotely-managed automated fiber management system. FiberZone's AFM product line has been deployed by leading datacenter and network operators in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.