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Hossein Eslambolchi

Hossein Eslambolchi is president of AT&T's Global Networking Technology Services (GNTS), AT&T's CTO, and CIO. He is responsible for the corporation's strategic technology direction, network operations, research and development, information technology systems and processes, and advises the chairman and senior leaders on technology issues. Eslambolchi is a member of AT&T's Executive Committee, the company's governing executive panel led by AT&T Chairman and CEO David W. Dorman.

As GNTS president, Eslambolchi leads all network development, engineering, and operations, as well as the CIO and CTO organizations including AT&T Labs. The GNTS team provides the innovation, networking, and technology expertise driving AT&T's business transformation to improve Customer Care, Sales, and Network Operations. He is responsible for the design, development, engineering, operations, and reliability of AT&T's global network, as well as its Global Network Operations Center--AT&T's networking nerve center. Under Eslambolchi, corporate management initiatives for Concept of One (do it once, do it right, use it everywhere) and Concept of Zero (zero defects, zero cycle time, and automate where possible), AT&T is streamlining and automating processes and systems across the company. In less than two years, these initiatives have significantly improved customer-response time, reduced error rates, and distinguished AT&T as the industry's lowest-cost carrier.

As CTO, Eslambolchi oversees the formulation and implementation of a strategic vision to advance technology in conjunction with AT&T's business objectives. He is the president of AT&T Labs and leads some of the world's best scientists and engineers in the development and creation of new services, tools, and capabilities for next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) networks to give AT&T and its customers a competitive edge.

As CIO he provides the leadership to reengineer AT&T's business processes and the underlying information technology infrastructures--improving productivity and the value of information within the organization. He leads the direction and alignment of IT to support AT&T's business planning, applications development, architectural design, sourcing, strategic partnerships, technology transfer, and customer satisfaction.

Eslambolchi joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1986 and has more than 17 years of expertise in designing and developing packet networks. Under his leadership and guidance, AT&T now operates the most reliable and largest packet network in the world,carrying approximately four pedabytes of packet traffic per day. Eslambolchi also served as interim president of Excite@Home Broadband Networks Services, where he improved network reliability by 51 percent, while the customer base grew by 20 percent to more than three million subscribers. An expert in network reliability and IP technology, he headed up the development team for Fast Automated Restoration System (FASTAR), which AT&T successfully deployed in1992, making it possible to quickly restore service when high-capacity fiber optic cables are damaged.

Eslambolchi was honored by Computerworld magazine as one of the Premiere 100 IT Leaders for 2004. The Executive Council of New York recognized Hossein as one of the top ten innovators of 2003. Additionally, industry newsletter Light Reading named Hossein as the number one "mover and shaker" in telecommunications during 2003. Holding approximately 200 patents and applications, Hossein was named "Inventor of the Year" by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in 2001. In October 1999, he was appointed an AT&T Fellow (AT&T's highest technical honor). He was honored as a finalist in the 1997 United States National Inventor of the Year competition. The New Jersey Research and Development Council bestowed him with the Thomas Alva Edison award in 1997. In the same year, he received AT&T Labs' Science and Technology Medal. Eslambolchi is on the Board of Directors for Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. His work has been published in 18 technical publications, and he is on the IEEE editorial board of the Journal of Network and Systems Management. Eslambolchi also serves as AT&T's Accessibility Champion.

Eslambolchi graduated with highest honors from the University of California San Diego with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and in 2002 was elected as UCSD's alumnus of the year. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

He maintains offices in Menlo Park, California and Bedminster, New Jersey.

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