Spirent Appoints Amdocs Group President Eric Updyke As New CEO

Global test and measurement firm Spirent Communications Monday appointed Eric Updyke as its new CEO. Eric joined from global communication experience solutions firm Amdocs where he worked as Group President.

Though Eric Updyke joined Spirent today, he will formally take up the role of CEO following the company’s AGM on 1 May 2019. Till then he is CEO-designate, Spirent said in a statement.

Spirent’s current CEO Eric Hutchinson will step down from his position on the same day.

Eric Updyke said “I am delighted to be joining Spirent. It has a range of leading technologies and well established relationships with many of the industry’s global leaders. I look forward to building on its current strengths and exploring ways in which to further exploit Spirent’s potential.”

Eric’s appointment follows Spirent’s announcement in November 2018 that Eric Hutchinson, the current CEO, wished to retire after 37 years of employment with the Group, following his appointment to that role in 2013. He will step down from the Board after the AGM on 1 May 2019.

“The Board wanted to appoint an executive who was growth oriented with global experience and deep expertise in our chosen markets. We are delighted to appoint Eric and are confident that he meets all those criteria,” said Spirent Communications Chairman Bill Thomas.

Before Spirent, Eric was on the Executive Management team of Amdocs reporting directly to the CEO. In his capacity as Group President, Services at Amdocs Ltd he had global responsibility for the entire Managed Services, Testing and SI businesses. This business encompassed 10,000 employees and roughly $2 billion in revenue. Prior to that role, Eric was Division President for North America at Amdocs where he managed a $1 billion P&L and was responsible for the relationship with North American communications service providers.

Prior to his time at Amdocs, he held executive roles at Nokia Siemens Networks and AT&T. Eric has a great track record of success, has functional expertise in every facet of the business and has excelled in multi-cultural global companies. Eric has an MBA in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

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