Nortel taps Greg Mumford for CTO post

Nortel Networks Corp. yesterday announced the appointment of Greg Mumford, 55, as chief technology officer, a position that hadn't been officially filled since February, when Bill Hawe left the company.

Mumford, a 30-year veteran at Nortel, was previously president of Optical Long Haul Networks, a business unit of Nortel. He will be succeeded in that position by Brian McFadden, 47, a Nortel manager who has been with the company for 22 years in various engineering and leadership positions.

After Hawe left earlier this year, chief technology officer duties were handled by Nortel's previous president and CEO, John Roth, according to Nortel spokeswoman Ann Fuller. Roth recently retired and was replaced early last month by Frank Dunn.

"Thanks to Greg's leadership and commitment to driving the next-generation optical long-haul portfolio . . . we're in a position to proceed with the transition that sees him moving to the CTO position and Brian McFadden succeeding him as president of the optical long-haul business," Dunn said in a statement.

According to Nortel officials, Mumford was instrumental in the development of Nortel's 10G-bit/sec. optical network portfolio of products.

Mumford, who has bachelor's and masters of applied science degrees from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, will be based at Nortel's central labs in Ottawa and report directly to Dunn, officials said.

Nortel, which this year has trimmed its workforce from 92,000 to approximately 45,000 employees, reported a third-quarter loss of $3.5 billion.

Chris Nicoll, vice president of Current Analysis Inc. in Sterling, Va., said Nortel needs to leverage the strengths of its installed base of traditional digital multiplexing switches used in telephone company central offices and its technical expertise in optical networking.

"Mumford has a good background in both of those," Nicoll said.

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