Ribbon Communications has announced that it has appointed Tony Scarfo as Executive Vice President of Products and Research & Development (R&D), responsible for the company’s Product Lifecycle Management and solutions roadmap strategy.
Scarfo will focus on Ribbon’s core products, while Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Kevin Riley will oversee the company’s cloud communications solutions. John McCready, who previously held the dual role of Executive Vice President of Products and R&D and Chief Strategy Officer, will focus on Corporate Development and serve as Ribbon’s Chief Strategy Officer.
Scarfo has spent more than 30 years in telecommunications and technology and boasts numerous achievements, including leading Sonus Networks, Inc., in introducing the industry’s first software-only Session Border Controller (SBC), the Sonus Software edition (SWe).
“We are fortunate to have someone with Tony’s visionary leadership and proven track record of innovation in the industry, helping to lead us into this new chapter,” said Fritz Hobbs, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ribbon. “Tony brings a unique and insightful perspective as we continue our commitment to delivering our customers the industry’s most advanced real time communications and security solutions.”
Hobbs added, “Our focus is on helping service providers and enterprises embrace the digital economy by transitioning their networks to the latest in secure IP and cloud-based technologies while leveraging current investments and assets. Tony will be a key asset in helping us execute this strategy.”
“It is such an exciting time to be a part of the industry and Ribbon is uniquely primed to capitalize on the numerous opportunities that are before us,” said Scarfo. “Bringing together the strengths of two industry-leading organizations, leveraging decades of cutting edge, patent-protected science and the world-class talent that the company possesses made becoming a part of the Ribbon team a very easy decision.”
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