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Alcatel execs seek greener pastures

Alcatel execs seek greener pastures

The channel will look to new leadership at Alcatel from December after two prominent senior local executives announced their exit stage left last week.

The energetic country manager of Alcatel's Xylan subsidiary, David Keane, told ARN he is leaving the networking game to join Australian Internet startup KgrindTV.com as worldwide chief operating officer.

Alcatel managing director Michael Quigley has accepted a promotion to Alcatel USA from December this year, which also carries the chief operating officer moniker.

Keane, one of the channel's more dynamic characters, starts at KgrindTV. com on December 1 after four years with Xylan. He will be responsible for areas such as sales and marketing, human resources and finance. According to Keane, the opportunity was too good to miss.

"KgrindTV.com has the potential to be something absolutely unique on a world scale and that's something which is really exciting," he said.

Keane said KgrindTV.com had a great management team and good venture capital support, which for him was "very important".

KgrindTV.com is an online interactive TV network for generation Y (the 14-25 age group), which is planning its official launch in December. The company's strategy is to offer 10 linked television channels on the Web, allowing people to move between the channels.

The company hopes to overcome bandwidth difficulties by providing two versions of the service, one available over standard 56Kbps telephone lines, and the other over xDSL cable.

Keane is used to working in startup mode. "I've been doing startups all my life really," he said. "You can really just shape the world to your vision, shape it to the way you want it to be."

Keane will be replaced as Xylan Australia/New Zealand country manager by Bob Jackson.

Meanwhile, Alcatel said Quigley's promotion is testament to his management skills and reputation within the industry.

Quigley is succeeded by Ross Fowler, previously business manager of Alcatel's core network switching and enterprise and consumer businesses.


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