Signpost Appointment (IMage credit Pixabay/geralt)BT’s outspoken former chief architect and managing director for architecture and technology strategy, Neil McRae, has found a new home at Juniper Networks, where he will assume the role of Chief Network Strategist.

McRae is well known in the world of networking and a recognised leader in networking, cloud and digital technologies and has worked in the networking/communication industry since 1992. He has advised various companies on networking, data centre, wireless, cloud and security technologies, and has also been a speaker on Space Technology with a focus on communications – hardly a surprise though given that he was apparently named after astronaut Neil Armstrong.

Neil McRae, Chief Network Strategist. Juniper Networks
Neil McRae, Chief Network Strategist. Juniper Networks

At Juniper, McRae will be expected to work with customers, including service providers, cloud providers and enterprises, in “developing the next-generation architectures leveraging Juniper’s products and experience-first solutions.”

Motorsport fan McRae led the team at BT, which was responsible for a significant transformation of BT’s technology offerings, including BT’s 5G launch and mobile strategy. His move to Juniper should be a smooth one for McRae who has basically worked with Juniper as a customer and partner for close to 20 years whilst he was at BT. McRae announced he was leaving the UK national operator at the end of 2022.

Following the announcement of his new job, McRae took to Twitter to say, “Customers are at the heart of our industry and I’m super super, super excited to join @JuniperNetworks and work with customers on building their next generation of experience-first networks and services, enabling the power of the network to make a difference in the way we live our lives!”

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There is no doubt that McRae is a heavyweight appointment for Juniper and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company. He is outspoken and never afraid to share his views, which will undoubtedly be something Juniper will capitalise on both internally with its customers and externally with the industry. Visionary is a much-overused term in tech, but if McRae is half as good at strategizing for Juniper as he is at playing Pinball then the Sunnyvale, California based company is set to benefit greatly from its new hire.

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Neil Fawcett
Cut him in half and the word technologist runs through Neil Fawcett’s core. Starting life as an engineer, specialising in the world of home computing, Neil the move to writing in 1985 and as the expression goes… never looked back. He was key to moving Computer Weekly away from its bias as a mainframe/minicomputer news title and propelled it into the exciting world of personal computing, breaking many an exclusive story. Following his tenure at CW he went on to work for various other publications, including participating in the UK launch of Information Week. During this time, he played a pivotal role in establishing custom publishing units designed to work alongside vendors to help define end-user publications and campaigns. Neil’s ability to take complex technology subjects and deliver digestible content frequently saw him appear on the likes of the national newspapers, the BBC and Sky, and often found himself delivering speeches to audiences around the world. With numerous books under his belt, Neil took time out in the new millennium to pursue a passion for toys/gaming and military history as he set up a manufacturing company with a global reach. He is now thrilled to have come full-circle and be back writing about his core passion: technology!


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