Digium Appoints David Duffett to Asterisk Community Director

Seasoned Expert Chosen to Lead the Asterisk Open Source Community

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 07, 2012Digium® Inc., the Asterisk® company, today announced that David Duffett has joined the company as its new Asterisk Community director. He will be responsible for fostering worldwide growth and adoption of open source Asterisk among developers, partners and commercial entities. Digium's former Asterisk Community director, Bryan John's, has transitioned to the company's product management team.

Duffett is a Chartered Engineer, a Digium-certified Asterisk professional, (dCAP),and a longtime Asterisk enthusiast. He has presented at every AstriCon, Digium's annual Asterisk conference and exhibition, since 2006. His expertise has been featured in several best-practice books, guides and articles on Asterisk, and most recently, he wrote the "Internationalization" chapter of the third edition of Asterisk: The Definitive Guide, published by O'Reilly Media. Duffett has led Asterisk training seminars all over the world, including the United Kingdom's first Asterisk Bootcamp.

"I met David many years ago and his enthusiasm for Asterisk and telephony was nothing short of inspirational -- and also remarkably entertaining!  He is and has been a proponent for Asterisk and for community development for a very long time," said Mark Spencer, creator of Asterisk and founder and chief technology officer of Digium. "I'm thrilled he's decided to join Digium in an official capacity and in a role that lines up so well with his natural passion for the Asterisk community."

Prior to joining Digium, Duffett headed up his own telecommunications consulting practice, TeleSpeak Limited, an authorized Digium training provider. He previously was a consultant and trainer for several telecommunications and networking companies in the U.K., including Ionica, Dolphin Telecom, Aculab and Alliance Systems EMEA. He holds a bachelor's of engineering honors degree from the University of Hertfordshire.

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Digium®, Inc. provides Asterisk® software, telephony hardware, and on-premises and hosted Switchvox business phone systems that deliver enterprise-class Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions at an affordable price. Digium is the creator, primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project; the world’s most widely used open source communications software. Asterisk turns an ordinary computer into a feature-rich communications server. A community of more than 80,000 developers and users worldwide uses Asterisk to create VoIP communication solutions in more than 170 countries. Since 1999, Digium has empowered developers to create innovative communications solutions based on open standards and open source software, providing an alternative to proprietary phone systems. Digium Switchvox Cloud and other cloud-based products and services are offered through Digium Cloud Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Digium, Inc. Digium’s business communications products are sold through a worldwide network of reseller partners. More information is available at www.digium.com and www.asterisk.org.

 

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