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SIP Forum elects Comcast's Jenkal to board

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 2:05pm
Mike Robuck

The SIP Forum announced this morning that Comcast's Vijey Jenkal was elected to its board of directors.

Jenkal is the director of product development engineering at Comcast Cable and is responsible for the architecture and design of business voice and messaging services for the company. Prior to leading the business services engineering team, Jenkal led the development of a SIP- and ENUM-based interconnection solution for both internal and external usage at Comcast.

Before joining Comcast, Jenkal worked for Sprint as a lead engineer in the carrier interconnection space.

"I am excited to join the SIP Forum board as its newest member, and I look forward to continuing to build on the positive momentum of the SIP Forum developed over the past year through various initiatives, including SIPconnect and the upcoming SIPNOC US 2012," said Jenkal. "This is a very important organization within the international communications technology industry, and I am excited by the opportunity to work with my fellow board members to drive SIP adoption both broader and deeper into new communications technologies and applications."

Additionally, the SIP Forum's membership reelected Chairman Richard Shockey and Alan Johnston, distinguished engineer in Avaya's applications and emerging technology division, to new terms on the board.

The elections were held during the SIP Forum's annual meeting in Boston on Dec. 12. Each member of the board serves a two-year term.

The election of Jenkal and reelection of Shockey and Johnston complements the SIP Forum's existing board of directors, which also includes Chris Gatch, CTO of Cbeyond; Steven Johnson, CEO of Ingate Systems; Glenn Russell, director of business services at CableLabs; Mary Barnes, principal engineer of the CTO organization at Polycom; Hadriel Kaplan, vice president of technology at Acme Packet; and Marc Robins, SIP Forum's president and managing director.

Shockey is the principal of Shockey Consulting, a private firm advising telecommunications companies and the investment community on any number of issues related to next-generation networks, VoIP, communications provisioning, peering, numbering and signaling.

Shockey was recently appointed to the Federal Communications Commission's Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), an FCC advisory committee tasked with advising the federal agency regarding best practices and practical actions pertaining to the security, reliability and interoperability of communications systems.

Reelected to his second term as member of the SIP Forum board, Johnston has been involved with SIP and VoIP since the mid-1990s, helping to spearhead the development and adoption of SIP and VoIP in both the service provider and enterprise markets. He served as an architect on the first enterprise SIP VoIP product in the U.S. as a distinguished technical member at MCI.

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