TORONTO Nortel Networks Corp. named Gary Kunis its new chief technology officer Thursday (March 31), as the network infrastructure company continued to clean house at the management level.
Kunis was Chief Science Officer at Cisco Systems until 2002. One of the pioneers of the Internet in the 1980s, Kunis has led numerous development and engineering breakthroughs related to Internet Protocol (IP) standards and routing technology used to connect the worldwide web of networks that make up the Internet.
Earlier in his career, Kunis was involved in the design, implementation and operation of large scale data and telecommunications networks for several U.S. government agency programs, including the Dept. of Defense, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as for civilian agencies while working for the Boeing Company.
Kunis' appointment becomes effective April 4. He will report to Gary Daichendt, appointed president and chief operating officer of Nortel (Toronto, Canada) earlier this month. Daichendt is also a former Cisco executive.
In addition to the Kunis appointment, Nortel announced that Brian McFadden, a 26-year Nortel veteran and the current chief technology officer, has been appointed chief research officer effective April 4. In his new role, McFadden will oversee the Advanced Technology, Research and Standards organization and will continue to report to the president and COO.
McFadden will be responsible for setting Nortel's research priorities to ensure they support the company's business strategies, which include maintaining an industry leadership position in end-to-end broadband, voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband solutions.