Light Reading, September 29, 2003
Chiaro Opens in Europe, Hires MD
|AMSTERDAM -- Chiaro Networks, the developer of true infrastructure-class IP routing platforms, today announced the official opening of its European office in Amsterdam and the selection of Ronald Cornelisse as Chiaro's managing director, European product marketing. The establishment of European operations signals the general availability throughout Europe of Chiaro's EnstaraT IP router, the world's first highly available infrastructure-class routing platform.
"Mr. Cornelisse brings to Chiaro a wealth of experience in telecom strategic marketing and business development, as well as established relationships with potential partners and customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia," said Ken Lewis, president and chief executive officer of Chiaro Networks. "He combines strong management and personal communication skills with technical savvy, making him ideally suited to spearhead Chiaro's expansion beyond North America."
Cornelisse, a native of The Netherlands, spent more than a decade with Nortel Networks/Northern Telecom, rising to the director level focusing on product and strategic marketing and market development for IP and data core networks in fixed line and wireless environments. With a background in data networking and strong experience in carrier-class networking technology, he was responsible for identifying and sizing new markets, creating strategic plans, and building and managing teams to address the different markets. During his time at Nortel Networks he also chaired for two years the European Market Development & Education committee of the Frame Relay Forum, recently merged with the MPLS forum to form the MPLS/Frame Relay alliance.
Interest High in Europe
"For the past two years, European carriers have resisted spending any money on network expansion, but rather have tried optimizing their existing networks to the max," said Cornelisse. "Still, end-user traffic has continued to grow, sometimes more than 200 percent on an annual basis. European carriers have told us that changes must be made in existing networks to maintain availability and increase scalability to support this continuing traffic growth, and that existing routing platforms cannot cost-effectively address these issues. There has already been great interest in Chiaro's Enstara platform in Europe, not only because it will improve carriers' economic outlook, but because it will enable them to deliver the better uptime and more reliable IP services that end users are demanding."