Nortel Networks & Verizon Wireless Executives To Join General Colin L. Powell As Keynote Speakers At 23rd Annual Comnet Conference And Expo

FRAMINGHAM, MA — DECEMBER 4, 2000 – COMNET Conference and Expo, the premier event for companies building business value through intelligent networks, today announced the addition of two keynote speakers to address event attendees. Clarence J. Chandran, chief operating officer of Nortel Networks Corporation, will speak on January 31, 2001, and Dennis F. Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, will speak on February 1, 2001 at this largest annual technology event in Washington, D.C.


They join General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), who will deliver a very special keynote speech on January 30, 2001.

Clarence J. Chandran was appointed chief operating officer of Nortel Networks in June 2000. In his current position, he has global responsibility for Nortel's day-to-day operations with carrier, service provider and enterprise customers, including sales, marketing, research and development, and customer care. He is also responsible for the integration of acquisitions, human resources and information systems organizations. Mr. Chandran joined Nortel in 1985 from Bell Canada where he started his telecommunications career in 1973.

Dennis F. Strigl is president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. He is the lead executive in charge of integrating the domestic wireless operations of Bell Atlantic, Vodafone, AirTouch and GTE. Mr. Strigl has served in the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years, beginning his telecommunications career in 1968 with New York Telephone Company. He subsequently held positions at AT&T, American Bell, Inc. and Ameritech Mobile Communications, where he was instrumental in launching the nation's first cellular telephone network.

In addition, COMNET unveiled the details of the following special presentations where attendees can hear prestigious speakers discuss controversial and timely topics:

§ Super Session: Network World's Security Showdown

What are the right technologies and which vendor has the best approach to securing your network? In this unique debate format, the leading security companies will answer questions from panelists, each other and the audience – without the aid of PowerPoint presentations and scripted answers. In this no-holds-barred debate, attendees can judge which company has the best strategy and products. It’s an opportunity to cut through the hype and get real answers to tough security questions.

Tuesday, January 30, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Moderator: John Gallant, Editorial Director, Network World

§ Executive Roundtable

Top executives in the area of Fiber Optics tackle today's key industry issues.

Wednesday, January 31, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Host: Patricia Sabga, Co-anchor, The N.E.W. Show on CNNfn

Panelists: Desh Deshpande, Chairman and Founder, Sycamore Networks; Gary Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer, CIENA Corporation; Dave Tolwinski, President and CEO, Tenor Networks

§ Town Meeting

"Telecommunications Policy and Regulation in the New Administration"

With the new administration and Congress, there are likely to be new telecommunications policy officials. This session will address the key issues

and challenges that decision-makers will have to confront in 2001. Panelists will examine the future course of telecommunications competition, convergence, consolidation and deregulation in a fast-paced Q&A context.

Thursday, February 1, 2001, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Richard Wiley, Senior Partner, Wiley, Rein & Fielding; former Chairman of the FCC; COMNET Co-founder

“COMNET is strategically located in Washington, D.C. where policies and regulations are being made that will impact the future of communication networks. Since the industry has become a completely dynamic marketplace, it is important to have speakers at COMNET who can provide some perspective on the industry’s future,” said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo, producers of COMNET.


COMNET, produced by IDG World Expo, is the premier conference and expo for companies building business value through intelligent networks. In 2000, more than 450 manufacturers and suppliers of networking and communications hardware, software, services and solutions participated in COMNET. COMNET attracts top executives, planners, builders and buyers of communications networks, both public and private. COMNET – Building Business Value Through Intelligent Networks – will be held January 29 – February 1, 2001 in the Washington D.C. Convention Center. COMNET information is available at or by calling toll free 1-866-COMNETX (1-866-266-6389).

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