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Short Take: Ascend executive joins Sonus

Hassan Ahmed, the former chief technology officer at Cascade Communications, now part of Ascend Communications, has joined a new Westford, Massachusetts-based company called Sonus Networks as president and chief executive. The company, which will focus on developing high-end switching hardware to handle IP telephony, received $23 million in preliminary capital from various venture capital firms.

Hassan Ahmed, the former chief technology officer at Cascade Communications, now part of Ascend Communications, has joined a new Westford, Massachusetts-based company called Sonus Networks as president and chief executive. The company, which will focus on developing high-end switching hardware to handle IP telephony, received $23 million in preliminary capital from various venture capital firms.