HOSSEIN ESLAMBOLCHI, PH.D
Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi is Chairman and CEO of 2020 Venture Partners (http://www.2020vp.com), providing technology and operations consulting to private equity firms, service providers, enterprise customers, venture capitalists and start-ups as well as publicly traded companies in the areas of telecommunications technology, operations, business transformation and content distribution including wireless and all IP communications.
Dr. Eslambolchi is recognized worldwide in the scientific community as one of the foremost thought leaders and technological scientists of both the high-tech age and 21st century, often compared by industry experts to leaders such as Jack Welch of GE for his leadership in business transformation in global communications and Thomas Edison for his prolific scientific contribution in the field of IP. Dr. Eslambolchi is well-known in the scientific community for his expertise in IP network design and reliability, security, IP technologies, services, IP applications and setting an industry vision for "the "Concept of One" (do it once, do it right, use it everywhere) and the "Concept of Zero" (zero defects, zero cycle time and automate where possible), which have been used to streamline production, as well as the "Concept of None," where networks will be moved to become autonomic and in turn self healing, self-provisioning and self-restorable via fully automated network and operational support systems. Dr. Eslambolchi also developed a very unique model of Complexity for Telecom which states that over time, complexity due to the number of protocols along with interconnection of these protocols, multiplied by the number of services will increase to a point that scale becomes a very difficult factor to manage in terms cost, capability and cycle time. He has been advocating models to lower this complexity to only a Factor of One. This is now known in the industry as the "Eslambolchi Law of Complexity."
Dr. Eslambolchi is also known for his technical work on IP technologies and has a number of innovations in various fields supporting communications and worldwide IP infrastructure, technologies and applications. These accolades have earned him the respect and admiration of fellow scientists worldwide and have gained him visibility amongst influential marketplace pundits who acknowledge his ability to influence how private and public sector leaders must think if they expect to compete in a global economy. His collection of achievements include:
- Holds over 1000 patents worldwide, both issued and pending
- AT&T Fellow Award, AT&T's highest technical honor, 1999
- Thomas Alva Edison Inventor of the Year Award, 1997
- AT&T Science & Technology Medal and AT&T Significant Patent Award, 1997
- "Inventor of the Year" by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, 2002. Only Thomas Alva Edison and Albert Einstein have been so honored.
- Top 10 Most Influential CTOs of 2005 (InfoWorld)
- #1 'mover and shaker' in telecommunications, Light Reading, 2003, for his visionary prediction of IP and MPLS worldwide nearly a decade ago.
- 10 Internet Business Leaders of 2005 (Cisco IQ Magazine)
- Premier 100 IT Leaders of 2004 (Computerworld Magazine)
- President Obama's Science & Technology Award, 2009, for his vision and contribution to IP and technology
- Top Ten Innovators of 2003, Executive Council of New York
- IEEE Chairman Quality Award, for improving the reliability of IP networks worldwide, 2008
- Innovator of the Year, 2003 (Cisco Systems & John Chambers)
- Top 100 influential leaders of the 21st century, (Sun Microsystems)
- Top 100 alumni in the history of the University of California, awarded by UCSD
- Top 100 Global Telecom Business Leader in both 2010 and 2011
- Chairman of the IEEE Globecom 2012 in Anaheim, California
Dr. Eslambolchi designed a state-of-the-art architecture called Service Over IP in which all legacy services can migrate over new architecture at the lowest cost, highest capability and lowest cycle time. He developed several patents for product managers and sales groups across enterprise and consumer markets to be able enhance revenue stream using this MPLS architecture.
As CTO, he led the company strategy and direction for new innovative services around call center application, e-collaboration and virtualization in both wireline and wireless infrastructures.
Dr. Eslambolchi, in a very short period of time helped transform AT&T from being perceived as ports and pipes into a single global wireless company using state-of-the-art technologies and advised the AT&T Board of Directors on which access technologies to invest in for the future success of the company.
As President of Global Network Services, Dr. Eslambolchi was responsibility for the design, development, engineering, operations and reliability of AT&T's global network, as well as for its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) – AT&T's networking nerve center. Dr. Eslambolchi was the main architect, engineer and implementer of this new GNOC, which came to fruition in 18 months. He oversaw and managed several tens of thousands of employees in both engineering and operations divisions of AT&T Corporation.
As Chief Information and Investment Officer, he provided the leadership that reengineered AT&T's underlying information technology (IT) infrastructures with his unique Concept of One and Concept of Zero business processes. While moving AT&T's legacy networks onto an IP/MPLS platform, he also directed the convergence of the operating support and customer service systems underlying the network, making AT&T the lowest-cost major carrier. This also improved cycle times and allowed customers unprecedented access to the network that permits them to monitor and control their services. More can be found on his superb innovation at www.2020vp.com. He also managed over $14B in Capex and $20B annually in operating expense for AT&T.
The metrics surrounding Dr. Eslambolchi’s AT&T transformation of converged wireline and wireless businesses are profound:
- Contributed over $2B in expense reduction by cutting the number of systems by 80%
- Led and increased billing accuracy by 98% by reducing the number of data bases from 1,800 to 20, thus contributing to over $3.2B in annual savings of contra revenue
- Transformed Days Sales Outstanding from 72 days to 31 days in less than 2 years
- Increased AT&T’s share of revenue from IP services to 75% by increasing reliability of its IP network from 90.0 of reliability to 99.9999 of reliability
- Increased revenue per employee by 50% and EBITDA per employee by 60%, the highest and best results in the telecommunications industry in over 43 years as well as Best in Class across all categories
- Lowered CAPEX, driving efficiency and productivity and increasing free cash flow by over $12 billion over a 3 year span
- Recovered nearly $10B worth of stranded assets and avoided unnecessary capital expenditure, reducing AT&T debt from $37B in 2002 to less than $4B by the end of 2005
- Designed and implemented an E-Bonding system connecting customers to the heart of AT&T’s network, for which Yankee group gave Dr. Eslambolchi its highest ranking in over a decade. Over 90% of service orders were automated and cycle time for both physical and logical provisioning were reduced over 95% in 3 years.
- Reduced service on-time performance from 65% to over 99.9% and reduced defects by over 90% over 3 years resulting in over $3B of incremental revenue for AT&T
- Led and developed state of art strategies for AT&T using his Concept of One, Concept of Zero and Concept of None to create a state-of-the-art 21st century process. More can be found on www.2020vp.com
- Worked very closely with HR and Financial to reduce management layers from 14 to 7, resulting in over $500M savings over 12 months. Significant collaboration was involved in driving an initiative to increase company productivity
- Defined a strategy to eliminate 24 legacy networks into a single IP-MPLS network and designed processes around highly digitized network architecture, of which similar models have been replicated and utilized by several service providers in the US and worldwide
Innovated a technology called FASTAR (FAST AUTOMATED RESTORATION) which has become the foundation of protection for AT&T national network security in the event of a major cable cut in the United States.
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