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He is Chief Technology Officer for Level 3 Communications, Inc., a Denver-based provider of a range of integrated communications services. He has responsibility for Information Technology, Business Process Innovation, Network Architecture and Engineering, and Global Security. He is also responsible for assuring that the company's technology development in network, systems, processes or security leverages innovative solutions that deliver efficiency and customer satisfaction and is responsible for ongoing integration planning and integration execution oversight. He joined Level 3 in 1997, and under his leadership Level 3 has achieved numerous milestones in Internet Protocol (IP) communications, including Softswitch networking, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), and advanced optical networking. He is also President of Voice Technologies and is responsible for ensuring the technical component of Level 3's Voice strategy ties into its network architecture, links with external networks, and interfaces with a wide range of databases and applications. In April of 2004, Level 3 acquired the wholesale dial access business of ICG Communications, Inc., providing dial-up Internet access to America Online, Earthlink, MSN, United Online and other Internet service providers, and is responsible for developing the company's overall technology strategy. Before joining Level 3, he served as an executive staff member for MCI Communications, Inc. with responsibility for network architecture, design and implementation. In that role, he was also an original member of the team responsible for InternetMCI, the company's initial Internet service. Prior to MCI, he worked as Director of Engineering and Operations for SURAnet, the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network, the nation's largest regional network, funded by the National Science Foundation. He earned his B.S.E.E. Degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1987.
Noted For:One of the original key contributors who designed and built MCI's initial Internet service
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