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With over 20 years of professional experience, René Dufrene possesses a unique blend of leadership, strategic business development, go-to-market, and technology skills. Currently, René is the AVP of Network Enabled Cloud (NEC) and Colocation Services. His team is responsible for business and offering development, product management, sales enablement, and alliance relationships. AT&T NetBond, a unique NEC capability, and Colocation Services are strategic businesses and an important part of AT&T’s growth initiatives.
René joined AT&T from EMC, where he led a team of Alliance Business Development Directors with global responsibilities. A recent and publicly disclosed success is the Atos-EMC-VMware-VCE initiative, which resulted in the creation of an advanced Cloud Services company, Canopy, along with the development of an Enhanced Alliance Agreement. All parties benefited significantly with substantial incremental revenues exceeding prior expectations.
Prior to joining EMC in 2006, René served as a Senior Manager within Nortel’s Global Alliance organization for six years. He performed a variety of roles within this business unit including Business & Solution Development, Technical Sales Support, and Marketing. Before joining the alliance organization, René managed a team of software engineers. The team was recognized for exceptional customer & employee satisfaction results, which led to René’s selection into a prestigious leadership program at the London Business School. René also worked at Nortel and E-Systems (now part of L-3 Communications) as a senior software engineer, designing and developing real-time software systems in telecommunications and reconnaissance respectively. He was entrusted with a secret security clearance during his time in the defense industry and had the opportunity to co-develop systems used in mission critical situations.
René’s areas of technical expertise include software systems, information infrastructures, storage, and networking. He is a published author (Computer Technology Review & NetworkWorld.com) and was granted two U.S. Patents (Nos. U.S. 7,840,992 B1 and 8,744,054). His academic background consists of an M.S. in Software Engineering from Southern Methodist University (1998) and a B.S. in Mathematics from Louisiana State University (1986).