Digium® Inc., the Asterisk company, announced that David Duffett has joined the company as its new worldwide community director. He will be responsible for fostering growth and adoption of Digium technologies among developers, partners and commercial entities globally. Digium’s former worldwide community director, Bryan Johns, has transitioned to the company’s product management team.
Duffett is a chartered engineer, a Digium-certified Asterisk professional (dCAP) and a longtime Asterisk enthusiast, having presented at every AstriCon, Digium’s annual Asterisk conference and exhibition, since 2006. His expertise has been featured in several best-practice books, guides and articles on Asterisk, and most recently, he wrote the “Internationalization” chapter of the third edition of “Asterisk: The Definitive Guide,” published by O’Reilly Media. Duffett has led Asterisk training seminars all over the world, including the United Kingdom’s first Asterisk Bootcamp.
“I met David many years ago and his enthusiasm for Asterisk and telephony was nothing short of inspirational – and also remarkably entertaining! He is, and has been, a proponent for Asterisk and for community development for a very long time,” said Mark Spencer, creator of Asterisk and founder and chief technology officer of Digium. “I’m thrilled he’s decided to join Digium in an official capacity and in a role that lines up so well with his natural passion for the Asterisk community.”
Prior to joining Digium, Duffettheaded up his own telecommunications consulting practice, TeleSpeak Limited, an authorized Digium training provider. He was previously a consultant and trainer for several telecommunications and networking companies in the U.K., including Ionica, Dolphin Telecom, Aculab and Alliance Systems EMEA. He holds a bachelor’s of engineering honors degree from the University of Hertfordshire.