The Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), an industry-led consortium helping accelerate the commercialization of next generation communications solutions, announced the appointment of a new CEO, Jean-Charles (JC) Fahmy, effective June 4. Fahmy is an alumnus of McGill Univ (MBA) and Univ of Ottawa (BASc in Electrical Engineering). He has more than 20 years of industry experience, most recently as VP for product management and business development at Coriant, an independent telecommunications company doing networking solutions. He has also held senior leadership positions in other telecommunications companies and private equity, including Nortel Networks, BTI Systems and Marlin Equity Partners. The CENGN consortium includes big telecommunications and networking companies, academic institutions and researchers working with small and mid-sized firms. It is a federally funded Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR). It also gets support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). As CENGN CEO, Fahmy is tasked to manage the day-to-day operations of the not-for-profit, and lead and direct a team of over 30 engineering, technical, and professional staff. He also acts as the chief ambassador who engages with stakeholders, the R&D ecosystem, and the information and communication technology sector.
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