Internet2 Names New President, CEO

ANN ARBOR — Internet2, the non-profit high-speed networking consortium led by the research and education communities, has named veteran broadband executive Howard Pfeffer its new president and CEO.

Internet2’s administrative headquarters is in Ann Arbor, with offices in Denver, Colo., Emeryville, Calif., Washington, D.C., and West Hartford, Conn.

Pfeffer brings more than 30 years of experience in networking, systems and software engineering, and helped pioneer the development of broadband Internet in the cable industry. Pfeffer will replace Internet2’s current president and CEO, H. David Lambert, effective June 12, 2017.

Most recently, Pfeffer served as the senior vice president of the broadband technology group at Time Warner Cable, where he successfully led the architecture, engineering and development of the telecommunications infrastructure for residential and business services. He brings a strong background of business experience, technical leadership, advanced network knowledge, and a track record of growth of new services.

In this role, Pfeffer will lead all activities for the non-profit organization to further support the research and education community in the United States and around the globe.

The CEO search process began in October 2016 with the appointment of a special search committee, which was led by Patrick Gallagher, vice-chair of the Internet2 board of trustees and the chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. The search committee members were Rebecca Blank, chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison; John Evans, chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.; Tracy Futhey, vice president for information technology and CIO, Duke University; Mike Norman, director, San Diego Supercomputing Center; Vinton Cerf, chief internet evangelist, Google; Farnam Jahanian, provost, Carnegie Mellon University; Jen Leasure, president and CEO, The Quilt; and Christos Papadopoulos, professor of computer science, Colorado State University. The committee reviewed more than 100 candidates for the position during the process.

“After an extensive and thoughtful search process, I am extremely pleased that Howard will be the next leader of Internet2,” Gallagher said. “Howard is a seasoned leader in the broadband industry who possesses deep technical knowledge and excellent partnering skills. He has a strong appreciation for the value that Internet2 provides to the research and education community and looks forward to helping the organization move forward on the priority initiatives of advanced networking and trust and identity services while also continuing to evolve its mission to remain a strategic partner to the community. I want to especially recognize the commitment and efforts of all the members of the search committee who were dedicated to finding the best possible candidate.”

“Howard Pfeffer will work broadly with our community to develop a strong vision for the future of Internet2, and he has the proven capacity to collaboratively see that vision become a reality,” said David Leebron, chairman of the board for Internet2 and president of Rice University. “In a time of dramatic change in the internet technology landscape, our board believes that Howard will provide the type of leadership the Internet2 community needs to provide the highest value to its membership. We’re very grateful to Pat Gallagher for his outstanding work with a representative and talented search committee.”

Prior to his numerous leadership roles at Time Warner Cable, Pfeffer held engineering and technology positions at organizations such as America Online and Road Runner. Over the course of his career he has been awarded multiple U.S. patents.

“I am extremely honored and proud to have been selected as the next president and CEO of Internet2,” Pfeffer said. “When you look back in history, so many technologies and advancements in science and ground breaking innovations have come directly from the research and higher education community. I am excited to use my background and experiences to contribute to the next generation of new technologies and services. I am committed to working very closely with the Internet2 community to help further their academic and scholarship missions both nationally and globally.”

Pfeffer earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and will be based in the Internet2 Washington, D.C. office.

Founded in 1996, Internet2 serves 317 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 94,000 community anchor institutions, more than 900 InCommon participants, 78 corporations, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.

Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.

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