Ribbon appoints new EVP of corporate development and strategy

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Ribbon Communications has appointed Sean Matthews as its new executive vice president of corporate development and strategy.

Reporting directly to chief executive officer, Bruce McClelland, Matthews will be responsible for leading Ribbon’s business development and strategy activities.

“I am very excited to welcome Sean to the Ribbon leadership team. His strong track record of successfully executing multi-billion-dollar mergers, acquisitions and partnerships, combined with his industry knowledge and extensive experience in innovation, technology and finance, make him the perfect fit to help us execute on Ribbon’s ambitious growth strategy. Sean’s unique skill sets and impeccable reputation will be a great addition to the team,” said McClelland.  

Prior to joining Ribbon, Matthews served as chief transformation officer and executive vice president of strategy and corporate development at TiVo.

Before TiVo (then Rovi Corporation), he served as senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for ARRIS Group after ARRIS acquired Motorola Mobility’s Home business from Google.

Earlier in his career Matthews worked as vice president of convergence strategy for Motorola Mobility and in various roles at Motorola., including vice president of home and networks strategy, and business manager of optical transport products.

“I am extremely pleased to join Ribbon and look forward to helping Bruce and the rest of the team continue to execute the company’s aggressive growth plans, while continually evolving the business to meet the complex challenges of today’s cloud-based connected world,” said Matthews.

“I am excited to be a part of such a world-class leadership team and even more excited about the opportunity to help Ribbon solidify its position as a global leader in the communications industry.”

In September, former Nokia executive Sam Bucci was appointed to a newly created role of executive vice president and GM of packet optical networks at Ribbon Communications.