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Nortel shuffles the deck, former Cisco exec signs on

Nortel Networks Corp. has appointed Gary Daichendt to the position of president and chief operating officer.


March 4, 2005  


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Nortel Networks Corp. has appointed Gary Daichendt to the position of president and chief operating officer.

Daichendt is a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the global technology industry and was previously executive vice president, Worldwide Operations for Cisco Systems Inc.

He will report to Bill Owens, who will become vice chairman and CEO effective March 14.

“We are playing to win,” Owens said, “(Daichendt) will play a critical role in our doing so. He is a world class leader with unquestioned integrity and one of the top technology executives in the world. “

In his new role, he will be responsible for leading Nortel’s carrier and enterprise businesses, research and development, services and supply chain functions and global sales and operations.

During his tenure at Cisco Systems, Daichendt had increasing responsibility for overseeing the company’s sales force, services, manufacturing facilities, integration execution and strategic alliances.