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Router start-up Procket lures away Cisco’s former CTO

Procket Networks, a provider of Internet Protocol (IP) technology and products, announced today the appointment of...


January 5, 2004  


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Procket Networks, a provider of Internet Protocol (IP) technology and products, announced today the appointment of Roland Acra to the position of president and chief executive officer.

Acra joins the company from Cisco Systems Inc. where he served as senior vice president and chief technology officer focusing on its service provider market.

Prior to that position he headed up the company’s Public Carrier IP Group.

According to Stuart Phillips, General Partner at US Venture Partners and a member of Procket’s board of directors, Acra’s strong portfolio of management, sales and technology expertise will play a critical role in the next phase of Procket’s growth.

“In addition to taking Procket to the next level of its development, we expect Roland to play a key industry leadership role in the movement towards IP at the core of networks for telecommunications and data services,” he said.

Phil Harvey, senior editor at Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), an Internet-based research and information service, reported that “lots of folks” have been looking for Procket to announce some bigger customer wins before they’ll be convinced the company is on the right track.

“Finding big deals leaps to mind as the most pressing part of Acra’s new job,” Harvey wrote. “It’s clear the company needs to quickly put together some bigger partnerships that include deep-pocketed incumbents.”