MEF, a global industry association of network, cloud, security and technology providers accelerating enterprise digital transformation, announced that the Global Network-as-a-Service Event (GNE) will feature world-class speakers who will discuss the latest advancements of secure Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) offerings delivered across an automated ecosystem of suppliers. GNE takes place on October 2-4, 2023 in Dallas, Texas.

GNE speakers include executives from service and technology providers who will lead thought-provoking discussions and insightful presentations on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the new NaaS ecosystem. Attendees can expect to gain deep insights into the advancements of secure NaaS offerings, particularly in the context of a globally automated and interconnected environment.

Senior executive speakers from leading service and technology providers include:

  • Andrew Dugan, CTO, Lumen
  • Ben Edmond, Founder and CEO, Connectbase
  • Bob Victor, Senior VP, Product Management, Comcast Business
  • Chris MacFarland, CEO, Masergy
  • Dan Wagner, Co-founder and CEO, CloudSmartz
  • Debika Bhattacharya, CPO, Verizon Business
  • Elisabetta Romano, Chair and Chief Network, Operations, and Wholesale Officer TIM, Sparkle
  • Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions
  • Jeremy Villalobos, COO, Orchest Technologies
  • John Denemark, Senior VP, Carrier Provisioning, TransUnion
  • Keri Gilder, CEO, Colt
  • Marc Halbfinger, CEO, ConsoleConnect
  • Michael Kearns, Co-founder and CSO, Amartus
  • Mike Troiano, Senior VP, Business Products, AT&T Business
  • Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF
  • Paul Gampe, CTO, ConsoleConnect
  • Rohit Batra, VP, and Head of Product Management for Telecom, Media, and Technology, ServiceNow
  • Sander Barens, CPO, Expereo
  • Scott Johnson, President, Sage Management
  • Vikram Phatak, Chairman and CEO, CyberRatings.org

"As enterprises continue to navigate the complexities of digital transformation, secure and flexible solutions have become paramount. GNE serves as a convergence point for industry leaders, fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange that will drive the evolution of the secure NaaS landscape," said Nan Chen, President of MEF. "GNE attendees will have the chance to engage with influential figures shaping the future of NaaS and deepen their understanding of its integral role in enterprise digital transformation.”

Also at GNE, MEF will host its first Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Global Summit, an innovative event that brings together leading service and technology providers from across the global automation ecosystem to accelerate adoption of LSO APIs. The LSO Global Summit will deliver updates on MEF's LSO API automation vision and roadmaps, new industry solutions, and recently released implementation success stories.

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