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Tellabs’ board names Pullen as new CEO

Tue, 02/26/2008 - 7:57am
Mike Robuck

Tellabs’ board of directors announced that Robert Pullen has been named as the company’s new CEO, effective March 1.

Pullen replaces Krish Prabhu, who resigned in November after the network equipment maker had reported a 93 percent drop in quarterly profit a month prior. And when the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings in January, it announced that Tellabs would be eliminating 225 jobs in order to save money (story here).

"Rob is the right person to lead Tellabs through these exciting and challenging times," said Michael J. Birck, Tellabs’ chairman. "He brings the experience and knowledge that Tellabs needs to execute on our plan to improve performance."

Pullen began his career at Tellabs in 1985 as an electrical engineer. He has held a series of positions in engineering, sales, marketing and services.

Prior to being named CEO, Pullen was VP and GM of global services. From 2002 to 2005, he served as the SVP of North American sales. Previously, he served as the SVP of optical networking.

Tellabs’ gear is used by wireline and wireless service providers to enable voice, video and data services.

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