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11 January 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
Dan Pitt, an early champion of software-defined networking (SDN), has joined the MEF’s leadership team as senior vice president.
Pitt, the former executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), has been tasked with accelerating the transition to third network services, and expanding the MEF community and ecosystem.
"MEF has a critical mass of more than 200 members, including 130+ service providers, and an astonishing track record of spearheading the creation of an $80+ billion market of new services and technologies," said Pitt. "Significantly, MEF members' core competency of services, operations, and orchestration makes the organisation the ideal vehicle to deliver real-world, global deployment of SDNFV and LSO. I am thrilled to be part of the innovative team MEF continues to build."
Commenting on his appointment, Axel Clauberg, Deutsche Telekom’s VP of aggregation, transport and IP, who served on the board of ONF during Pitt's tenure there, said: "Dan's joining MEF reinforces the strength of MEF's vision and strategy. Dan has been the voice and the face of SDN since the movement's inception. His decades of comprehensive networking industry experience complement MEF's LSO and third network vision with both technical skills and extensive relationships around the world."
Nan Chen, MEF’s president, added: "Dan is a pioneer of the software-defined networking industry and has played a pivotal role in the evolution of SDN from concept to adoption. We are honoured to welcome Dan to the MEF leadership team as we lead the transformation to agile, assured, and orchestrated network services on a global scale."