The Telecommunications Industry Association has elected Jim Hjartarson, president and CEO of Catena Networks, to its Board of Directors.
Hjartarson, 46, co-founded Catena, based in Morrisville, NC, in December 1998. He has since established the company as a provider of integrated broadband access solutions.
"Jim has a very successful track record in the telecommunications industry and brings more than 20 years of industry experience," says TIA President Matthew Flanigan. "We welcome Jim and look forward to his continued participation in helping TIA influence critical industry issues - such as the development of a national broadband policy and a strategy to accelerate broadband deployment."
"I am excited about joining the TIA board and working with it to address key technical and policy issues affecting the industry," says Hjartarson. "The TIA provides members a tremendous platform to reach customers, prospects, potential partners and industry influencers."
Before forming Catena (www.catena.com), Hjartarson was vice president and general manager at Cadence Design Systems. Previously, he spent 16 years at Nortel Networks, which culminated in the role of director of global loop and access technology. At Nortel, he and his team were responsible for developing voice and data line cards that have been shipped in volumes exceeding 150 million units.
Catena Networks' integrated broadband access solutions enable service providers to deploy voice, data and video services over both copper and fiber infrastructures. They also enable the providers to smoothly migrate to softswitch-based VoIP architectures. These solutions include the Catena CNX-5 Broadband DSL System, the Catena CN1000 Broadband Loop Carrier, and the Catena CN1000FX Fiber-to-the-X solution suite.
The TIA is based in Arlington, VA. For more information visit www.tiaonline.org.