One Degree Partners Recruits CEO for Ribbon Communications

March 3, 2020 – San Francisco-headquartered executive search firm One Degree Partners has placed Bruce McClelland as president and CEO of NASDAQ-traded Ribbon Communications Inc. in Westford, MA.

“The board is excited to appoint Bruce as the new president and CEO of Ribbon,” said Richard Lynch, chairman of the Ribbon board of directors. “He is a technical business leader with a proven history of developing and growing sustainable, diversified and profitable businesses through multiple technology and business cycles. We believe Bruce is the right person to lead Ribbon forward into our next chapter as a combined company with ECI Telecom Group Ltd.”

Mr. McClelland has served in numerous leadership roles throughout his three-decades long career, which includes 20 years at ARRIS International, where he most recently served as its CEO and led the sale of ARRIS to CommScope Inc. for $7.4 billion last year. While at ARRIS, Mr. McClelland managed the successful acquisition and integration of the Ruckus Wireless and Brocade ICX Campus switching businesses from Broadcom Inc., a major step in diversifying the ARRIS business beyond the service provider market into the broader enterprise market, while strengthening the company’s wireless technology capabilities. Following the acquisition of ARRIS by CommScope, Mr. McClelland served as chief operating officer of CommScope, where he was responsible for the combined portfolio of products and services. Previously, he spent 11 years at Nortel Networks Corp. and Bell Northern Research. He began his career with BNR in Ottawa, Canada and was responsible for the development of Nortel’s SS7 switching products immediately prior to joining ARRIS.

Ribbon Communications delivers software solutions that secure and power many of the world’s leading service provider and enterprise communications environments. Built on world-class technology and intellectual property, the company’s cloud-native solutions deliver real-time communications solutions for the cloud, network and enterprise edge.

More Than 400 Searches

Gary Megennis and Kelly Fairweather, the founders of One Degree Partners, have more than 40 years of experience leading executive searches focused exclusively on venture and growth stage companies. Combined, they have completed more than 400 searches, including over 150 chief executive officer searches and more than 250 searches for vice presidents of sales, marketing, business development, product and chief financial officers.

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Within the last few years, Mr. Megennis and Ms. Fairweather have helped build executive teams for a number of companies, including: PillPack (acquired for $1 billion), Intacct (acquired for $850 million), Lattice Data (acquired for $200 million), Yext (IPO at $890 million), MuleSoft (IPO at $2.9 billion), Pure Storage (IPO at $3.4 billion), TellApart (acquired for $530 million), Applied Predictive Technologies (acquired for $600 million), TrueX (acquired for $250 million), Cellfire (acquired for $100 million), SilverSky (acquired for $250 million), CyberArk (IPO at $850 million), GrubHub Seamless (IPO at $2.5 billion), Five9 (IPO at $400 million), Responsys (acquired for $1.4B), Skyfire (acquired for $150 million), Bluefin Labs (acquired for $100 million), Vocera (IPO at $500 million), Clover (acquired for an undisclosed amount), Kosmix (acquired for $300 million), QlikTech (IPO at $1B), Playdom (acquired for $750 million), Siri (acquired for $200 million), LeftHand Networks (acquired for $350 million), Bigfix (acquired for $500 million), TicketsNow (acquired for $250 million), SideStep (acquired for $200 million), Danger (acquired for $500 million), and Shutterfly (IPO at $500 million).

Mr. Megennis has been in the executive search industry since 1992. He was a partner at Kindred Partners for nine years and Ramsey Beirne Associates for four years. Before joining Ramsey Beirne in 1997, Mr. Megennis worked for Heidrick & Struggles and Norman Broadbent.

Ms. Fairweather has been in the executive search industry for over 20 years. She joined Ramsey Beirne Associates in 1995 and co-founded Kindred Partners in 2001. Prior to that, she spent several years each with Ford Motor Co.’s dealer computer services division and the outplacement firm Drake Beam Morin.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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