Farewell, Mr Combs

ShoreTel CEO John Combs announced this morning that he is to step down from his role after 6 years in the hotseat.

John joined ShoreTel in 2004, after a long career in networks and communications that began at Ma Bell in the US, and took him variously to Mitel, LA Cellular, Nextel and a succession of wireless start-ups.

I had the chance to interview John for MicroScope in 2008, and he said then that he had initially been sceptical when ShoreTel's head-hunters showed up at his door, but was swayed after having a look at the technology.

"The TDM ship is sinking fast," he told MicroScope. "The folks coming from that business are struggling to keep up.

"Our competitors with roots in TDM are struffling with negative cashflow and cannot afford to invest in IP," he added.

The firm isn't a big one, but it is rapidly emerging as a contender in the IP comms space, and l have always found them to be one of those rare vendors that just gets the way things are going; I hope whoever steps up to run the company keeps that vibe going.

At any rate, we'll take the opportunity now to wish John all the best in whatever he does next.

This was first published in July 2010

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