08 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Aamir Hussain, chief technology officer (CTO) of CenturyLink has been appointed to the board of directors at the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).
Hussain has over 25
years’ experience in the global technology
industry and has been CTO at CenturyLink since 2014. For them
he oversees the company’s worldwide network,
technology transformation, architecture and innovation roadmap,
which includes product development, network virtualization, IT
operations, digital platform development, physical/network
security, and network, cloud and managed services.
Commenting on Hussain’s appointment, Nan Chen,
president of MEF, said: "We are delighted to have Aamir Hussain
join the MEF Board and appreciate the depth of insight he
brings as the CTO of one of the world’s largest
and most innovative service providers. We have an extraordinary
Board team with the talent and experience to help us accelerate
the rollout of MEF 3.0 services and technologies on a worldwide
basis. We look forward to making exciting progress in coming
Hussain joins a board of existing service and technology
provider executives, in addition to a number of senior experts
who are guiding the organisation through its MEF 3.0
initiative, which aims to transform the communications
The existing board consists of:
Aamir Hussain, executive vice president and chief technology
officer at CenturyLink.
Alessandro Talotta, chairman and chief executive officer at
Eric Puetz, director of standards and industry alliances at
Gabriel Kerner, vice president network products and offerings
at Amdocs Technology.
Kevin O'Toole, senior vice president of product management at
Michael Strople, president of enterprise networks at Zayo
Nan Chen, executive vice chairman at CENX.
Ralph Santitoro, head of SDN/NFV solutions practice at Fujitsu
Scott Mansfield, standardisation researcher of development
unit network products at Ericsson.
Shahar Steiff, assistant vice president of new technology at
Shawn Hakl, senior vice president of business products at
The MEF board is focused on expanding the community of
service providers, technology vendors, and other companies that
are committed to MEF 3.0, which aims to define, deliver, and
certify agile, assured, and orchestrated services across a
global ecosystem of automated networks. MEF 3.0 blends
sophisticated, standardised services with an emerging suite of
Lifecycle Service Orchestration APIs to provide an on-demand,
cloud-centric experience with unprecedented user- and
application-directed control over network resources and service
The MEF originally unveiled its plans for MEF 3.0 at its MEF17
event in Orlando, Florida which took place in November.
Speaking at the event, Chen said: "MEF 3.0 is the …
next step in our journey to transform the industry with
services and networks that are easy to manage and monetise, and
that deliver lasting value to its customers. We are unleashing
the full potential of industry innovation by enabling dynamic
services to be orchestrated across multiple provider networks
powered by LSO, SDN and NFV."
Hussain spoke exclusively with Capacity for our
August/September issue of Capacity magazine, where he discusses
the now completed acquisition of Level 3 Communications. To
read the full interview please click here.