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Press Release -- August 6th, 2015
Source: Metro Ethernet Forum

MEF Appoints New Board of Directors for 2015-2016 Fiscal Year

World-class talent and expertise will build on CE 2.0, develop LSO capabilities, and accelerate the Third Network Vision

Los Angeles, August 6, 2015 — The MEF is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 – 2016 Board of Directors elections and subsequent appointments by the Board at the MEF Annual Members Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. This leadership team will lead the MEF’s continued efforts to build on the worldwide adoption of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and define Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) capabilities and supporting APIs to deliver the MEF Third Network Vision of agile, assured, and orchestrated connectivity services.

Nan Chen, President of the MEF said: “The MEF has had an industry-defining year, with growth in CE 2.0 certified services, CE 2.0 certified network equipment, and certified professionals; the broadening of our membership base to include more software-centric companies; increased collaboration with other industry standards organizations; and the advancement of dozens of marketing, technical, certification, and services operations initiatives in support of the Third Network and LSO development.”

Chen continued: “I would like to thank the MEF Board Members for their outstanding contribution over the past year. The ecosystem of expertise and experience on the Board is key to the success of the MEF in the midst of the industry paradigm shift toward cloud-centric, dynamic connectivity services that are orchestrated over more automated and interconnected networks. I am delighted to work with the Board on exciting new initiatives that will promote and accelerate the MEF Vision and unleash innovation across the communications landscape.”

The full list of the MEF Board of Directors are:

Vincent Alesi – Associate Director, Network Services Planning, Verizon

Nan Chen – Executive Vice Chairman, CENX

Ken Countway – Vice President, Network Architecture, Comcast

Lance Hassan – Principal Engineer – Business Class Engineering & Architecture, Time Warner Cable

Scott Mansfield – Principal Engineer, Ericsson

Eric Puetz – Director, Standards and Industry Alliances, AT&T Labs

Raghu Ranganathan – Principal, Office of CTO, Ciena

Ralph Santitoro – Director of Solutions Architecture, Fujitsu Network Communications

Shahar Steiff – AVP Business Operations, PCCW Global

Michael Strople – President, Allstream

Alessandro Talotta – Chief Executive Officer, Telecom Italia Sparkle

Appointment of Honorary Director

Bob Metcalfe – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Innovation at the University of Texas at Austin

Appointment of Advisory Directors

Axel Clauberg – Vice President, IP & Optical, Deutsche Telekom AG

Jeff Schmitz – Executive Vice President, Spirent and Chairman, OpenCloud Connect

James Walker – Vice President, Managed Network Services, Tata Communications and President, OpenCloud Connect

Huiling Zhao – Vice President of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, Director of the Cloud Research Center, China Telecom

Appointment of Officers

Nan Chen – President

Mike Strople – Chairman

Kevin Vachon – Chief Operating Officer

Eric Puetz – Treasurer

Scott Mansfield – Secretary

Appointment of Committee Co-Chairs 

Certification Committee – John Hawkins (Ciena), Eric Puetz (AT&T)

Global Marketing Committee – Matthew Duckworth (Verizon), Ralph Santitoro (Fujitsu), Rami Yaron (Telco Systems)

Service Operations Committee – Dawn Kaplan (Ericsson), Allan Langfield (Comcast), Shahar Steiff (PCCW Global)

Technical Committee – Raghu Ranganathan (Ciena), Jason Wolfe (Bell Canada)

Unite Program Leadership

Board of Directors Representative – Scott Mansfield (Ericsson)

Unite Co-leader – Abel Tong (Ciena)

About the MEF

The MEF is the driving force behind the $80+ billion global market for Carrier Ethernet services and technologies and the defining body for LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) standards that underpin emerging Third Network services with CE 2.0, SDN, and NFV. An industry alliance consisting of nearly 220 member organizations based in 43 countries, the MEF operates through a powerful collaborative framework of service providers, network solutions suppliers, and other stakeholders to achieve CE 2.0 and LSO development and globalization objectives – including alignment of LSO with SDN and NFV.

MEF’s flagship work is CE 2.0, including specifications, operational frameworks, and certification programs for services, equipment, and professionals. Visit for more details on these programs.

Building on fourteen years of success with Carrier Ethernet, the MEF is now focused on development of LSO with APIs to enable paradigm-shifting agile, assured, and orchestrated services over more efficient, automated networks. The MEF’s vision for the transformation of network connectivity services and the networks used to deliver them is referred to as the “Third Network,” which combines the on-demand agility and ubiquity of the Internet with the performance and security assurances of CE 2.0. For information on the Third Network and LSO download the MEF’s Third Network Vision & Strategy White Paper and Third Network Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Vision White Paper.

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