Mark Spencer changes roles at Digium/Asterisk... new CEO
January 30, 2007
Wow! Some big changes down in Alabama... per the news release yesterday (hat tip to Alec Saunders), Mark Spencer is changing roles within Digium and stepping aside as CEO to bring in ADTRAN's Danny Windham as the new CEO. Mark will remain as Chairman and CTO of Digium. They also announced a new worldwide VP of Sales. Tom Keating has a good writeup of the announcement and also has a link to a podcast of the conference call announcing the changes. It makes for good listening.
As noted, ADTRAN has had a long relationship with Digium... if I recall correctly, Mark started out as an intern there at ADTRAN and when he went on to launch Linux Support Services and needed a phone system, it was his background at ADTRAN that made him think that if he could just get telephony onto a PC, he could manipulate it. Thus was born Asterisk. (And then later Digium, the company, to support Asterisk.)
I'm glad for Mark to see the change. I've come to know him a bit over the years through conferences/trade shows and the interviews we've done with him for Blue Box... and he's definitely a hard-core techie and developer... he's done the CEO role because it's needed to be done, but his talents really are in the technology and I'm sure this role change will let him get more back into the technical stuff that is his passion. Congrats, Mark! You've certainly deserved it and I do wish you all the best.
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