Industry Veteran brings 25+ years Tier 1 carrier experience to CENX
Chicago, Thursday June 10th, 2010. CENX Inc., operator of the world’s first and most connected Carrier Ethernet exchanges, today announced the appointment of Tony Thakur as Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations. Tony brings more than more than 25 years of Tier 1 carrier engineering, design and operational expertise to CENX.
“We are delighted to welcome Tony to the CENX team,” said Nan Chen, CENX CEO. “Tony’s reputation and extensive experience will be an invaluable asset to our carrier customers as we accelerate our world-wide rollout of Carrier Ethernet exchanges.”
“The challenge of interconnecting Carrier Ethernet networks is the number one issue facing the industry today” said Thakur. “It’s clear from the market’s rapid acceptance of CENX’s Exchange offering, that the company has all of the necessary assets to solve this issue and bring the world’s leading Carrier Ethernet providers together.”
Prior to joining CENX, Tony spent fifteen years at tw telecom inc., the nation’s 3rd largest Carrier Ethernet service provider (after AT&T and Verizon). Most recently, Tony served as Vice President, Network Technologies and Systems, having led the Company’s architecture, engineering, operations, and systems development at various times during his tenure, where he helped build tw telecom to its eventual IPO (with a current market capitalization of $2.5b). Tony also held engineering and management positions with Sprint’s UTF division and MCI Telecommunications. Tony has an MS Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology and BS Electrical Engineering from University of Texas.
CENX Inc., operates the world’s first and most connected Carrier Ethernet exchanges. CENX delivers carrier-neutral, location-neutral, Carrier Ethernet exchange services to global, regional and local telecom/ Internet service providers. CENX interconnects service providers’ Carrier Ethernet networks worldwide, providing access to more than ten million Ethernet Service Locations. CENX simplifies, expedites and enables vast revenue opportunities, dramatic cost-saving and Carrier Ethernet global ubiquity – a foundation for next generation telecommunications networks. Through its work in the MEF (www.MetroEthernetForum.org) and in the industry, the CENX management team has played a leading role in the definition of standards and the development of the Carrier Ethernet market over the last nine years.