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O’Connell leaves – FTTH Council seeks president


September 21, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

September 20, 2011 – The FTTH (Fiber-to-the-Home) Council—an organization dedicated to expanding the deployment of high speed all-fiber networks—announced today that its president, Daniel O’Connell, will leave the organization in October to take a senior position at a major telecom company.

Meantime, the council’s board has appointed Joe Savage to serve as interim president while the organization conducts a nationwide search for a new one. Savage led the organization for five years until 2010.

“Over the past year, Dan O’Connell has been an enormously effective leader who has moved the council decisively forward in many ways, especially in the area of growing our membership,” said Mike Hill, president and CEO of On Trac Inc., and the chair of the FTTH Council board. “While we hate to lose him, it is not surprising to us that Dan’s high level of knowledge and experience in fiber-to-the-home would lead him into the highest levels of the telecommunications industry.”

O’Connell’s departure and Savage’s appointment as interim president will be officially announced at the council’s annual conference and tradeshow, the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo, which will take place next week in Orlando, Fla.

“We are, of course, delighted and grateful that Joe Savage has agreed to step out of retirement for a brief period and take responsibility for keeping our many successful initiatives on an upward track while we search for a new president,” said Hill. “He certainly has the experience and the contacts to hit the ground running and not only keep our day-to-day operations running smoothly, but also to build on the momentum of the past several years.”

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