Calix names Kevin DeNuccio to its board

Calix (NYSE: CALX) on Monday appointed Kevin DeNuccio as the latest member of its Board of Directors.

Kevin DeNuccio, MetaSwitch

DeNuccio (Image source: MetaSwitch)

DeNuccio is a 25-year telecom veteran who most recently served as the CEO of MetaSwitch where he still holds a director position on the softswitch vendor's board.

During his two-year stint at MetaSwitch from February 2010 to June 2012, DeNuccio not only led the vendor's West Coast expansion, but also oversaw two acquisitions: AppTrigger, a Texas-based service broker vendor and Norway-based instant messaging and presence systems provider Colibria.

He is probably best known as the CEO of IP edge router vendor Redback where he helped establish it as a major player in the segment. Redback was acquired by Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC) in 2007 for $2.1 billion.

In addition, he held various management positions at other telecom vendors and service providers including Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Bell Atlantic, now Verizon (NYSE: VZ). DeNuccio grew Cisco's service provider division from a 500-employee organization into a 4000-employee operation generating $4 billion.

Besides Calix and Metaswitch, DeNuccio also currently serves on the boards of SanDisk and Northeastern University.

DeNuccio's appointment to Calix's board comes at a time when the vendor is looking to expand outside of its traditional U.S. ILEC customer base and into the international telecom market that's been traditionally dominated by the likes of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE (Shenzhen: 000063.SZ).

Calix bolstered its presence in the international last mile market in August when it purchased Ericsson's GPON assets and signed a reseller agreement with the Swedish vendor.

For more:
- see the release

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