Syndeo Corp., maker of Class 5 softswitches, has named John Vaughan as its CEO, and appointed cable vet David Van Valkenburg to its board of directors.
Vaughan succeeds company co-founder Ted Griggs, who was named chairman of the board "and will continue his work with customers and partners, helping set technical and corporate strategy," Syndeo said.
Previously, Vaughan was CEO of optical networking company Cinta Networks and president of global sales and service at Tellabs Inc. Van Valkenburg, currently chairman of Balfour Associates, has held executive roles with several cable-related companies, including Telewest, MediaOne (now part of Comcast Corp.), Cox Cable, Paragon Cable and MultiVision.
"I am thrilled to spearhead Syndeo's transition into an operating company," Vaughan said, in a statement. Vaughan said his top priority in the next 12 months will be "making our MSO customers successful in their initial deployments of VoIP."
Vaughan joins Syndeo during a time of growth for the three-year-old softswitch startup, which has raised $98 million so far. The company is presently involved with several IP telephony projects already off the ground or in the deployment pipeline.
Syndeo's Syion 426 call management server is deployed live with Armstrong Cable and Japan-based ZTV, which serves roughly 75,000 cable and 22,000 Internet subscribers. Syndeo's highest profile activity in the U.S. is with Comcast, which will leverage Syndeo's softswitch in mid-2003 for an IP telephony deployment in the Philadelphia area.