Long-time AT&T (NYSE: T) executive Marian Croak, who headed up the company's Domain 2.0 initiative, has retired after 32 years with the company. Croak, who most recently was senior vice president of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services at AT&T Labs, has been replaced by Andre Fuetsch, who previously served as AT&T's senior vice president of software development and engineering. He will now oversee the company's Domain 2.0 initiative.
Most recently, Croak was in charge of the company's advanced technologies group as well as the AT&T Foundry innovation centers. In addition, she supervised the Domain 2.0 initiative in which AT&T outlined its goal of transitioning from the TDM-based network to an all-IP network that is user-defined by 2020. As part of that, the company must embrace the world of software-defined networking and network functions virtualization.
Croak is a well-respected leader at AT&T who managed more than 2,000 engineers, developers and designers and also mentored many AT&T staffers. She joined AT&T in 1982 and during her tenure received more than 175 patents in VoIP technology and other areas.
AT&T issued this statement about Croak: "Marian's efforts have served both AT&T and humanity. For example, her patent enabling the now ubiquitous 'text-to-donate' capability has changed the world for disaster response. Her leadership and passion to help others will be missed."
Croak's influence also reached beyond AT&T. Earlier this year, she was elected as first vice-chair of the ATIS board of directors. In addition, she was named one of FierceWireless' Most Influential Women in Wireless in 2014.
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