Ribbon names Bruce McClelland as president, CEO and director

Ribbon names Bruce McClelland as president, CEO and director

24 February 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Ribbon Communications has announced the appointment of Bruce McClelland as its new president, chief executive officer and director, effective as of 1 March.

With over three-decades in the industry, McClelland (pictured) spent 20 years of his career at ARRIS International where he most recently served as its chief executive officer and led the sale of ARRIS to CommScope for $7.4 billion in April 2019.  

During his tenure at ARRIS McClelland oversaw the acquisition and integration of the Ruckus Wireless and Brocade ICX Campus switching businesses from Broadcom. Following this acquisition of ARRIS by CommScope McClelland served as the chief operating officer of CommScope, where he was responsible for the combined portfolio of products and services.

“The board is excited to appoint Bruce as the new president and CEO of Ribbon,” said Richard Lynch, chairman of Ribbon’s board of directors. “He is a technical business leader with a proven history of developing and growing sustainable, diversified, and profitable businesses through multiple technology and business cycles. We believe Bruce is the right person to lead Ribbon forward into our next chapter as a combined company with ECI Telecom Group Ltd.”

Prior to his time at ARRIS, McClelland spent eleven years at Nortel Networks Corporation and Bell Northern Research where he was responsible for the development of Nortel's SS7 switching products.

“I am honoured to lead the Ribbon team during this exciting time in the company’s history with the transformational merger with ECI on the near-term horizon,” said McClelland. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge and expertise to the combined company, working closely with the Ribbon board and executive management team to create a premier workplace and winning culture for our employees while driving long-term value for our customers and stockholders.”

In January of this year, Ribbon launched its Next Generation Intelligent Edge Portfolio with the new EdgeMarc 6000. The new cloud and premises solutions portfolio securely connects and enhances enterprise voice and data applications.