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Stephenson makes NXTcomm debut
By Carol Wilson

May 16, 2007 5:06 PM

The newest chairman and CEO of the largest U.S. telecom service provider will get a coming-out party of sorts at NXTcomm next month.

Randall Stephenson, chosen last month by the AT&T Board of Directors to replace the retiring Ed Whitacre as Chairman and CEO, is also taking Whitacre’s spot as a keynote speaker when NXTcomm debuts at Chicago’s McCormick Place, June 19-21.

“Ed Whitacre was one of our cornerstone keynoters,” said Wayne Crawford, executive director of NXTcomm. “He has stepped aside, and Randall Stephenson has replaced him. It’s very timely and will be very telling.”

Stephenson is one of the many service provider CEOs that will be in Chicago for NXTcomm, including Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg, a NXTcomm keynoter, and Qwest Communications Chairman and CEO Richard Notebaert, an International Engineering Consortium speaker on the Monday before NXTcomm formally opens.

Their speeches come in addition to the traditional chief technical officer panel, hosted this year by the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) on Tuesday morning, right after Stephenson’s speech. That panel will feature AT&T CTO Chris Rice, Qwest CTO Pieter Poll, Verizon CTO and Senior Vice-President-Technology Mark Wegleitner and BT CTO Matt Bross.

As the newly recombined telecom industry show, NXTcomm is challenging the industry to make this event the focal point of marketing campaigns and new product introductions.

“The industry asked us to once again provide a single event to showcase the business and technology of communications, information and entertainment, and we delivered NXTcomm,” Crawford said. “NXTcomm provides that forum, and in turn we are challenging our industry to make NXTcomm their event--dedicating their focus and efforts to making NXTcomm <I>the</I> event where the world can see and experience the convergence of cable, traditional telcos, content providers, satellite, wireless and more.”

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