Bell South veteran Ray Smets joins Metaswitch

Metaswitch has added yet another well-known former service provider executive to its management roster by appointing Ray Smets as its new vice president of global field operations.

Ray Smets, Metaswitch

Smets

Reporting directly to CEO Kevin Denucio, Smets will be based in San Francisco and will oversee the company's direct and channel sales, customer support and international product development.

Prior to taking the new post at Metaswitch, Smets was the vice president and general manager of Cisco's (Nasdaq: CSCO) Wireless Networking Business unit.

Besides Cisco and various stints at Packeteer and Netopia, Smets is probably best known as the president for his tenure at Bell South--now AT&T (NYSE: T)--where he served in various roles, including president of Internet Services, president of Applied Technologies, Inc., and vice president of Network Transformation.

Like Denuccio, who joined Metaswitch last year following a successful run at the former Redback Networks--which later was bought by Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC)--Smets is another executive who can bring his knowledge to a company that's trying to appeal to larger domestic and international Tier 1 carrier customers.

For more:
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