Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Adtran director named Digium CEO

Times Business Writer
Danny Windham will start in new post Feb. 12

Digium Inc., which has enjoyed fast growth and national recognition during the past few years, is expecting even greater things with Adtran Inc.'s Danny Windham at the helm, the company's founder said Tuesday.

The two Huntsville-based companies announced that Windham, chief operating officer and director of Adtran, will leave Feb. 12 to become chief executive officer of Digium. Mark Spencer, Digium's founder and president, will become chairman and chief technical officer.

Steve Harvey, Adtran's vice president of channel sales and competitive service providers, will also join Digium, becoming its vice president of worldwide sales.

The two companies have had a relationship since Digium's beginning seven years ago, with Adtran, which makes high-speed telecommunications equipment, serving as one of Digium's investors, and Windham serving on its board.

Digium is the developer of Asterisk, the telecommunications industry's first open-source software platform.

"This is one of the most exciting days in the entire history of the company," Spencer said during a media conference call Tuesday. The new staff appointments "will allow me to be able to focus on the community and the customers and the technology of the company in a much more focused way."

Windham, who launched a company in the mid-1980s that was acquired by Adtran, said he was drawn by the opportunity to lead a small company again.

"I like the excitement and the mild chaos that exists" in a small business, he said.

Digium currently has about 85 employees.

Tom Stanton, Adtran's CEO, said the position Windham leaves vacant won't be filled.

"I am firmly convinced the current management team is up to the task of assuming his responsibilities," Stanton said in a news release.

National kudos

Spencer created the Asterisk platform in 1999 after starting his own business and needing a telephone system he could afford. Digium was born shortly after that.

Spencer and the company have garnered national attention: Last October, Spencer was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Alabama Information Technology Association. In July, he was ranked No. 17 on Inc. magazine's "30 Under 30: America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs" list. He was featured in Forbes magazine.


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