Ex-Nortel Exec Plastina Gets Another New Job

Frank Plastina, who was once considered a candidate to replace John Roth as Nortel’s CEO, has yet another new job – this time with Tekelec, which makes telecom equipment from fixed, mobile and packet networks. Plastina left Nortel in late-2002 where he was president of the company’s metro and enterprise networks business. Apparently, Plastina was disappointed after Frank Dunn succeeded Roth as CEO in late-2001. Who knows what would have happened if Plastina, who spent 15 years with Nortel, had been given the job. After Plastina left Nortel, he became president and CEO with Proxim Inc., which was a turnaround situation that proved to be a difficult challenge. Oppenheimer analyst Lawrence Harris described Plastina’s hiring by Tekelec as “positive, as Tekelec has gained an aggressive executive with significant contacts with carriers and substantial experience in switching and signaling”. Sounds like someone Nortel may have wanted to hire after Bill Owens retired.

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2 Responses to “Ex-Nortel Exec Plastina Gets Another New Job”

  1. Darwin Says:

    Plastina is OK, but is he a Zaforvski?

  2. All Nortel, All the Time » Blog Archive » Another ex-Nortel Exec Lands Gig Says:

    […] Chahram Bolouri, who used to be Nortel’s president of global operations, has been hired as president and CEO with Air Canada Technical Services – the maintenance and repair division of Air Canada. Bolouri, who spent 23 years with Nortel, replaces Bill Zoeller, who is retiring after 31 years with Air Canada. Earlier this week, Frank Plastina – who used to run Nortel’s metro and enterprise divisions – was appointed Tekelec’s president and CEO. […]

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