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Outstanding Contributions Honored at TM Forum Live!

At last night’s exclusive TM Forum Live! VIP Gala dinner at the Palais de la Méditerranée Nice, TM Forum honored the achievements of Laurent Leboucher and Eric Troup by appointing them as TM Forum Distinguished Fellows. TM Forum fellowship recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Forum and the digital services industry at large. The Forum also honored NetCracker Technology with the 2014 TM Forum Chairman's Award for Outstanding Contribution and consistent support for the Forum.

Distinguished Fellows

TM Forum’s Distinguished Fellows are nominated and selected by a special panel made up of TM Forum’s leaders, and announced at TM Forum’s flagship TM Forum Live! event once per year. The award distinguishes individuals who have shown commitment to helping advance the principles of the Forum; contributed to its technical excellence; demonstrated leadership and teamwork; and have a proven track record of achievements and accomplishments. Only 26 people have received this award during the Forum’s 25-year history.

Presenting the Distinguished Fellow awards, Keith Willetts, founder, TM Forum, said, “Congratulations to our newest Distinguished Fellows who join a prestigious list of innovators and pioneers. Laurent and Eric have not only shown a sustained and valuable record of service to our industry, but also proven their commitment to the Forum.”

The newest TM Forum Distinguished Fellows are:

Laurent Leboucher, vice president APIs and digital ecosystems, Orange

Laurent Leboucher is a key leader in the Forum’s Open Digital Ecosystem Program, and one of the strongest advocates and executive sponsors of TM Forum’s renowned Catalyst program. He also leads the Forum’s Strategy Adoption and Standards Subcommittee, consistently demonstrates exceptional commitment to advancing the principles of the Forum and contributes to its technical excellence.

Eric Troup, chief technology officer for worldwide communications and media industries, Microsoft

Eric Troup has shown outstanding and progressive leadership in making the work of the Forum relevant to the rapidly expanding cloud services industry. He is an enthusiastic leader for the Forum’s Software Enabled Services, Multi-Cloud Management and Digital Services Reference Architecture work, and has given sustained contributions to the Open Digital Ecosystem Program. In addition, he is a key member of TM Forum’s Strategy Adoption and Standards Subcommittee, is highly committed to advancing the principles of the Forum and contributes to its technical excellence.

Chairman's Award for Outstanding Contribution to TM Forum

Willetts also recognized NetCracker Technology for its outstanding contribution to the Forum and in particular, an unbroken decade of helping make TM Forum conferences around the world such a success. Presenting the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Netcracker to CEO Andrew Feinberg, Willetts said, “Our sincere thanks to NetCracker for helping enable a mutually successful decade of growth. Their dedication and enthusiasm has been instrumental in helping the Forum change the industry, and we look forward to another decade of close partnership.”

TM Forum Live! brings together all the elements of TM Forum’s focus on Agile Business and IT, Open Digital Ecosystem and Customer Engagement to lead the successful digital transformation of service providers, suppliers and global enterprises. TM Forum Live! is the Forum’s flagship event and features its industry-leading Excellence Awards. TM Forum Live! Asia is set for Nov. 12-13, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. TM Forum Live! Digital Disruption is happening Dec. 8-11, in San Jose, Calif.

About TM Forum

TM Forum is a global industry association which helps its members transform and succeed in the digital economy. The collective experience and interests of our member community comprised of more than 85,000 experts from 900+ global enterprises, service providers and technology suppliers drives everything we do, from thought-provoking research and publications, to practical guidance, tools and best practices, hands-on events, and training for business and IT leaders.

Through three key programs – Agile Business and IT, Open Digital Ecosystem, and Customer Engagement – we provide a unique platform for our members to connect and collaborate with individuals and groups from around the world to solve key challenges and rapidly innovate to deliver new services, improve business agility, partner for success, reduce cost and risk, and enhance customer value and loyalty. To learn more about the Forum and join our digital journey as a valued member and collaborator, please visit

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