Dunstan third networking vice president to leave CenturyLink

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Adam Dunstan left his position at CenturyLink in May after working on several key projects for the telco. (CenturyLink)

Adam Dunstan has left the (CenturyLink) building.

After a two-year stint at CenturyLink, Adam Dunstan left his position as vice president of SDN/NFV engineering in May. While he was there, he led the development engineering team responsible for network functions virtualization (NFV) and services.

Dunstan is the third CenturyLink executive that has left the company of late. Travis Ewert departed from his position as vice president of software defined network and big data at the end of last month after coming over to CenturyLink once the Level 3 deal was completed.

After 14 years, James Feger also moved on from CenturyLink after most recently serving as vice president of network virtualization. Feger is now vice president and general manager of F5 Networks' service provider business.

Anil Simlot, vice president of virtual services development and support, took over Feger's former responsibilities. According to a CenturyLink spokeswoman, Dunstan's work also transitioned to Simlot and his team.

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Dunstan joined CenturyLink after it purchased the networking assets of Active Broadband Networks in 2016. The CenturyLink spokeswoman said that Dunstan left CenturyLink because his work on integrating Active Broadband with CenturyLink was finished.

At Active Broadband, Dunstan, who was president and CEO, led a team that developed OSS for the cable industry and SDN/NFV access technology. 

Based on his Active Broadband experience, Dunstan spearheaded CenturyLink's agile IT software approach for implementing NFV. During the build-out of CenturyLink's third iteration of NFV, Dunstan and his team sought to reduce the complexities in CenturyLink's network by writing software internally and also cutting down on the number of devices and vendors that were being used. The software approach was designed to speed up CenturyLink's velocity around SDN and NFV.

Dunstan was also involved in CenturyLink's deployment of a virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG) for DSL services for residential and business customers using CORD (Central Re-architected as a Data Center.) CenturyLink borrowed elements of ONOS' CORD project to develop its own version in-house.

Dunstan and Ewert have both posted network-related articles that they have written on LinkedIn.

Citing automation and redundant positions from the closure of its Level 3 deal, CenturyLink announced in May that it was cutting roughly 1,000 jobs from its total of 50,000 employees.