Overture names Velez as VP of Latin America, Caribbean sales

Overture Networks has added some new muscle to its Caribbean and Latin American sales team by naming Mario Velez as the region's new vice president of sales.

Velez has plenty of experience to draw from in helping to shape the vendor's Latin America drive. Before coming to Overture, he oversaw ECI Telecom's Andean and Southern Cone operations. In addition to ECI, Velez held a number of sales and executive management positions with BT (NYSE: BT), Worldcom--now Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ), UUNET (also now part of Verizon Business), Facturnet, Grupo ONO and Telkonet.

Coming on the heels of the vendor's hiring of Fraser Moffatt to lead its Canadian sales efforts, adding Velez to its Caribbean and Latin American sales is part of the company's broader initiative to target more international markets.

The timing to expand its Latin America presence is spot on. Over the past year, a number of major service providers, including America Movil (NYSE: AMX), BT, Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT), Orange Business Services, and Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) have all been expanding their network and service suites throughout the region.

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