Monday, 12 April 2021 01:01

Broadband Forum strengthens leadership with newly elected Board of Directors from North America, Europe and Asia


Member experts from AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Huawei, Maxlinear and Verizon elected at Q1 meeting part of overall team helping to directly impact the entire future of the broadband eco-system for service providers and the broadband user’s experience.

Broadband Forum. The organisation is "a non-profit industry consortium dedicated to developing broadband network specifications", and it says the continued importance of broadband standards has been highlighted by the calibre of industry leaders elected to the its Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting last month.

Broadband Forum announced the results of newly elected and re-elected members of its Board of Directors and the annual election of its officers that brings together representatives from leading global companies.

Chosen for a two-year tenure, leaders from a variety of operators and product and technology developers have joined or re-joined the eleven-member Board including Aleksandra Kozarev of MaxLinear, Barbara Stark of AT&T, Hongyu Li of Huawei, Manuel Paul of Deutsche Telekom and Mike Talbert of Verizon.

As part of its annual officer elections, the organisation reports Mike Talbert was voted in as Broadband Forum President and Manuel Paul as Vice President. They join the re-elected officers: John Blackford of CommScope (Chairman), Dave Sinicrope of Ericsson (Vice President), Frank Van der Putten of Nokia (Treasurer) and Aleksandra Kozarev of MaxLinear (Secretary).

Accepting his new role of President of the Broadband Forum, Mike Talbert stated: “It is an honour and privilege to be elected by my industry peers.

"This is such an exciting time for the whole broadband industry, the terrible pandemic we have witnessed has truly demonstrated the importance of broadband for all areas of society from consumer, IoT, business and public services.

"The work we do delivering the open standards and open software directly impacts the entire future of the broadband eco-system for service providers and the broadband user’s experience.”

Bernd Hesse of Calix was appointed to the new role of Chief Marketing Officer of the Board. The new role, combined with Mr Hesse’s success in evangelising the Forum and its activities, provides a well-established, industry champion to drive Forum awareness and development.

“Building strong partnerships and vision within service providers, application drivers and vendor organisations is critical to the leadership of the Broadband Forum. I am delighted that additional world-class leaders have been elected to the Board of Directors to drive what continues to be an exciting and fast-moving time for the Forum,” said Broadband Forum’s Managing Director Ken Ko.

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