CEO FORUM: STRATEGIES
Tuesday, 1 December 2009 •ن7:45ن- 9:45 • Tapa Ballroom 2 & 3
The planet is witnessing a major transformation in the telecommunications industry, with the morphing of the traditional telco into an emerging softco. This transformation is driven as a result of the infrastructures from the past not being capable to move/change/adapt on the same time cycles as customer needs. Innovation must come increasingly on software cycle times versus legacy hardware infrastructure-based cycle times in order to meet customer expectations. This emerging customer expectation drives the need for more agile development.
There are three key factors that interplay in the transformation of service providers from a telco to a softco. They are web services (such as Web 2.0), software-driven platforms and next-generation network technologies.
In this forum, executive-level speakers will address strategies for:
. Deliveringنservice innovation;
. Unlocking the investments being made in broadband;
. Future networks such as NGN; andن
. System-software processes enabling service providers to effectively compete in the 21st century.
Matt Bross, Global CTO, Huawei Technologies
DooWhan Choi, President, Korea Telecomن
Hossein Eslambolchi, Chair & CEO, 2020 VPن
Howard Janzen, CEO, One Communications
Shyue-Ching Lu, Chair & CEO, Chunghwa Telecomن
Matt serves as a commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC) and Regional Director for Europe since December 2005. In 2008, he was appointed Vice Chairman for a two-year term. The GIIC is a confederation of CxO level executives engaged in the development, deployment, operation, financing, and use of ICT services and products.
From 2002 to 2009, Matt served as CEO BT Innovate and Chief Technology Officer at BT Group plc where he was responsible for setting the vision and direction of innovation to drive and optimise BT’s innovation ecosystem.
He was also responsible for BT’s research and venturing efforts globally and was the leading force behind BT’s multi-billion pound, 21st Century Network transformation.
Matt has served on the boards of many companies providing strategic, technology and business leadership.
Matt is widely regarded as a visionary speaker on technology and innovation. In 2007, he was awarded a Stevie International Business award for "Best MIS & IT Executive" and a William Pitt Fellowship by Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. In 2008, Matt was listed in the Global Telecoms Business top 100 most influential people in the telecoms industry.
He is married with 5 children and proud to have one of the coolest jobs on the planet.
Dr. Choi is President of KT in charge of Service Design and New Business Development of KT. He rejoined the executive team of KT in late 2006 along with his years of experience in the areas of telecommunication equipment, wireless services, and media business. He previously worked at KT from 1991 to 1994 as Managing Director in charge of both fiber optic systems R&D and PCS systems R&D. Prior to joining KT in 1991, he was the Member of Technical Staff of Bell Labs from 1984 to 1988, and Distinguished Member from 1988 to 1991. After that, Dr. Choi’s professional career included Executive Vice President & CTO of HanChang Group, and Founder and CEO of NeoWave, Inc. Dr. Choi graduated from Seoul National University with a BS and a MS in Electronics Engineering, and received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
During his career, he received numerous awards including Professional Development Award from the University of Texas at Austin, Exceptional Contribution Awards and Distinguished Staff Award from Bell Labs, Digital Innovation Award from HanKook Daily, the Best Promising SME Award from the Ministry of Information and Communication, Grand Prize of the Korean Venture Award from Korea Management Association, Grand Prize of the Venture Company Award from Korea Economic Daily, and others.
He is an IEEE Senior Member and works as an ISSLS International Council Member. He also serves as Chairman of TTA (Korea Telecommunications Technology Association), Vice President of KICS (Korea Information and Communications Society), and Chairman of KCSA (Korea Cloud Services Association).
Hossein Eslambolchi is chairman of 2020 Venture Partners, which provides technology and operations consulting to private equity firms and venture capitalists in the area of telecommunications infrastructure. He was also chairman and CEO of Divvio Inc., a Web portal that allows users to build personalized "channels" of digital content by leveraging the best and most advanced adaptive learning technologies and Web 2.0 community behavior.هه
For nearly two decades, Dr. Eslambolchi led the transformation of AT&T's network, systems and services. He left AT&T soon after its merger with SBC in late 2005.ه Upon his departure, BusinessWeekهcalled him "a critical player in maintaining AT&T's status as a technology leader" (Dec. 30, 2005) and noted that he is "a bold, but pragmatic, visionary."ههDr. Eslambolchi served as Chief Technology Officer and advised its top leaders on the formulation and implementation of a strategic technology vision from 2001 to 2005. Early on, he predicted that IP would "eat everything" and advocated an architecture that would allow all services to run on IP and work together with connectivity to any device. His recent published book "2020 Vision" has set the foundation of communications industry over the next two decades.هه
Light Reading said that "[Dr. Eslambolchi's] evangelizing has underscored the notion of where the entire communications infrastructure is heading" when it named him to the # 1 spot on its list of Top 10 Movers and Shakers in Telecom (Nov. 2003). And The New York Times credited Dr. Eslambolchi as "the technological strategist behind AT&T's ambitious turnaround plan to become a data transmission company selling an array of software products like network security systems" (Jan. 22, 2005).ههIn addition to serving as CTO, Dr. Eslambolchi was also President of AT&T's Global Networking Technology Services, President and CEO of AT&T Labs and Chief Information Officer, giving him end-to-end responsibility for implementing the company's technology and operational vision of 21st century. As President and CEO of AT&T Labs, he led a team of some of the world's best scientists and engineers in developing an architecture that transformed AT&T's legacy voice and data networks into a converged IP/MPLS network that now reaches all major business centers around the globe.هه
As President of Global Network Services, Dr. Eslambolchi had responsibility for the design, development, engineering, operations and reliability of AT&T's global network, as well as for its Global Network Operations Center - AT&T's networking nerve center.ه As CIO, he provided the leadership that reengineered AT&T's underlying information technology (IT) infrastructures with his unique Concept of One and Concept of Zero business processes. While moving AT&T's legacy networks onto an IP/MPLS platform, he also directed the convergence of the operating support and customer service systems underlying the network, making AT&T the lowest-cost major carrier. This also improved cycle times and allowed customers unprecedented access to the network that permits them to monitor and control their services.ههه
Dr. Eslambolchi has won numerous Awards including notable AT&T Science and Technology Medal and became AT&T Fellow and received the most prestigious technical award in 2002 given to any individual in history of AT&T Communications.ههDr. Eslambolchi holds over 800 worldwide patents - Issued, Pending and in preparation - and was named as one of the most prolific innovator and visionary in communications industry and was named "Inventor of the Year" by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2001.
Howard Janzen is CEO of One Communications - the largest privately-held, multi-regional integrated telecommunications solutions provider in the United States. The company serves 160,000 small and mid-sized business customers in 18 states across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Upper Midwest, plus the District of Columbia.هه
Janzen has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and energy industries. Prior to joining One Communications, he was president of Sprint Business Solutions, where he was responsible for Sprint's $12 billion worldwide business customer base, ranging from small business to Sprint's largest domestic and international accounts. His responsibilities included integration of Sprint's wireless, wireline, local voice and data services.
Previously, he served as president of the Sprint Global Markets Group, responsible for its long distance business. Prior to Sprint, Janzen was chairman, president and CEO of Williams Communications Group, where he led the company in completing its $7 billion next generation fiber network. Janzen also served in a number of leadership roles in Williams' energy and natural gas pipeline businesses.ههA recognized leader in the telecommunications industry, Janzen received the 2001 Ovations award from Telecom magazine and COMNET for the company's extraordinary achievement in technology and operations.هه
Janzen earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. Janzen was named a Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Achievement Medalist and was inducted into the University of Tulsa, College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Hall of Fame.
Janzen is involved in a number of non-profit organizations and serves on the board of trustees for the University of Tulsa and on the board of governors for the Colorado School of Mines Foundation. He is a Commissioner and Chairman for the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC). Janzen also serves on the board of directors for Anyware Mobile Solutions, Exanet, GTT, Sonus Networks, and Vocera Communications.
Shyue-Ching Lu has been Chairman of Chunghwa Telecom since August 2008. Before that, he was the President since 1996.
Prior to Chunghwa Telecom, he served as the Deputy Director General of Directorate General of Telecommunications (DGT), Director General at Department of Posts and Telecommunications, Ministry of Transportation and Communication, and Managing Director, Telecommunication Laboratory.ههDuring these years, Dr. Lu was involved in transforming DGT, a government agency, into a state-owned enterprise- Chunghwa Telecom (CHT).
After this restructuring, the state-owned CHT immediately faced the competition from liberalized mobile market. Under Dr. Lu's leadership, CHT managed to compete effectively and maintains the leading position in the mobile market.ههDr. Lu also contributed to the privatization of CHT, when in 2003 successfully listed on the NYSE.ه
Dr. Lu has a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering.