|Executive Vice President and General Manager|
|Ascend Communications, Inc.|
Curtis N. Sanford is Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Access Switching Division of Ascend Communications, Inc. He has been with Ascend for 9 years, having joined as a member of the original management team. He previously served as Vice President, Marketing, and as the Sr.V.P. of International Operations, where he built Ascend's international sales from scratch to over $400M.
Prior to Ascend, Mr. Sanford spent 10 years with Internet pioneer Bolt, Beranek, and Newmann (BBN), with management posts in Software Engineering, Marketing, and International Sales. He has a degree in Computer Science from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Sanford has lived and worked in Europe and the Far East.
|Director, Internet and E-Commerce Business Unit|
|Compaq Computer Corporation |
As Director of Compaq's Internet and E-Commerce Business Unit, Mark Linesch is responsible for directing Compaq's efforts to enable customers to gain true business advantage from Internet technologies and solutions. He and his team are tasked with delivering breakthrough simplicity to reduce the risk of planning, deploying and operating industry standard Internet solutions for enterprise and Internet Solution Provider (ISP) customers.
Prior to his current position, Linesch was responsible for developing the initial market entry and ongoing strategy, business development and partnering activities in support of Compaq's leadership goals in the NT/x86 workstation market. During his nine-year tenure at Compaq, Linesch has held positions in product marketing, strategic planning and business development - playing a key role in the planning and introduction of Insight Manager, Compaq's industry-leading server management software and the growth of Compaq's server business.
Prior to joining Compaq, Linesch worked for 10 years at Texas Instruments in a variety of positions, including TI's Advanced Systems Division, where he was instrumental in the introduction of TI's Personal Consultant, the industry's first expert system tool for personal computers. Originally from Ohio, Linesch graduated with highest honours from the University of Cincinnati and is a recipient of the University of Cincinnati Scholarship Award for academic excellence.
| General Manager, Telecom Systems Division |
|Hewlett Packard |
Andy Belcher is General Manager of Hewlett Packard's Telecommunications Systems Division (TSD), based at South Queensferry in Scotland. Prior to becoming TSD's General Manager, Belcher was the Operations Manager for NetMetrix Operations in Colorado Springs, and previous to that was the Manager of HP's Communications Test organisation in the U.K. Belcher joined HP in September 1985 and has held a variety of management positions within the company over the past 12 years. Belcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Bath University
in the United Kingdom.
|Vice President of Sales & Marketing Group and General Manager for EMEA|
|Intel Corporation |
Rob Eckelmann is a Vice President of Intel's Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager for Europe, Middle East, Africa Operations (EMEA). Based in Munich, Germany, his responsibilities include the company's sales, marketing, and administration across EMEA. He was appointed Vice President in January 1999.
Eckelmann transferred to Germany in 1997 from Singapore, where he developed Intel's Asia-Pacific channels, branded products businesses and startup in emerging markets. He has held positions in corporate marketing, mobile computing, networking, and the microprocessor and platform businesses. He began his Intel career in 1988 in the office of Intel Chairman Andy Grove, where he handled international strategy ranging from manufacturing to new business development.
Prior to joining the company, he served in the U.S. government, acting as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Science and Electronics, charged with trade policy and development in microelectronics, computers, and communications.
Eckelmann holds degrees in international affairs, religion and chemistry from Princeton University, the University of Chicago, and Williams College, respectively. Apart from Germany and Singapore, he has lived in France, Japan, Australia, and the United States.
|IP Networked Services, |
WW Telecommunications, Sun Microsystems
Kelvin Rowlette is an 18 year veteran of the computer and telecommunications industry. He is responsible for developing Sun's presence in the telecommunications marketplace and fostering
relationships with strategic partners in the industry. Since 1989, he has focused specifically on the telecommunications and cable industries, developing partner alliances and integrated solutions for large multi-national communications companies, including GlobalOne, USWest, AT&T;, TCI and China MPT. His areas of expertise include integrated billing and customer care solutions, re-engineering of host-based applications, network management services and Next Generation IP services. Rowlette attended Plymouth State College and holds a degree in Biological Sciences. He also attended graduate school at Lesley College, where he studied Business Management.
Marianne Nivert joined Televerket in 1963 after attending Televerkets school of telecom engineering. Between the years 1963-1976 she worked at Televerkets Human Resources division. In 1976 she became senior administrative officer at Televerkets Industrial division Teli. She leftTeli in 1977 to become head of the Stockholm inner telephone area where she
remained until she was promoted to Director of the Gothenburg telephone area in 1982. She stayed in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden until 1992.
The more than 100-year-old government institution Televerket became the company Telia in 1993. During this time Marianne Nivert was area manager of Telia region east.
In 1995 she returned to her "roots" i.e. she became head of personnel for the entire Telia corporation. In 1995 she also was appointed corporation director.
In 1997 she became vice president of Telia with special responsibility for the Network Services Division. In 1998 she not only continued as vice president but was also made head of Telia Network Services which is the single largest business area within Telia.