Larry Hudson, president of operations at AT&T Canada, is retiring at the end of May. He has worked for AT&T throughout North America and has held his current position since January 1999.  Troubled CLEC Axxent Inc has announced the resignations of directors Scott Chandler and Robert Currey. Chandler, senior VP global business development with Rhythms NetConnections Inc, has been on the board since last May, while Currey, the vice chair of RCN Corp, joined in August. Vanessa Wittman has been named CFO for 30networks Inc. She succeeds Larry Olsen, who will continue as vice chair of the Vancouver fibre builder. She is an alumna of Microsoft Corp, Metricom Inc, Sterling Payot Co and Morgan Stanley. The company has also appointed Jim Brennan as president of its European division. He has experience at Tyco Submarine Systems and Carlisle Capital. His old job as VP global accounts goes to Pete Bell, formerly area VP for global accounts and a veteran of Cable & Wireless, ITT Worldcom, TRT and Timeplex. Curtis Begley is now president North American operations for Orchestream Holdings plc. He was most recently president of HarmonyCom of Ann Arbor MI and VP at Open Networks Engineering. Orchestream bought the assets of Ottawa’s CrossKeys Systems Corp earlier this month. Zenastra Photonics Inc has promoted president/CEO Peter Scovell to the vice chair position. The Ottawa firm has also named Michael Fichtner as VP global sales. He previously ran global sales for Nortel Networks’ high performance optical components group. Stephen Williams is now president/COO of InfoCast Corp of Vancouver. He has served as director of operations for Hanley-Wood, EVP of Select Media Group and worked for The CertainTeed Corp, ABT Co and Owens Corning. There are two new members of the board for SiGe Semiconductor of Ottawa. Denis Colbourne is president of DC Technologies and is a former VP and GM of Nortel Semiconductor. Michael Cohen is the new VenGrowth representative on the board, replacing Khalil Maalouf. James Cragg is the new president/CEO of Ottawa-based Linmor Inc. He previously served as president/COO of PSINet, an ISP. Joining him at the network systems developer is VP sales Ernest St. Germaine, who is the former VP communications and media at IT company Perot Systems. The Atlantic Systems Group Inc has named Michael O’Brien as its VP engineering. He will be based in the Raleigh NC office of the Fredericton NB company and is an alumnus of such firms as Log On America, Citicorp and Sprint Corp. An Ottawa panel has announced its annual Forty Under 40 awards for local business people. Among the high tech names are Nathan Rudyk of InterNetivity Inc, Jim Skippen of Mosaid Technologies Inc, Sam Spataro of TechStar Telecom and Alcatel’s Eli Turk. The vacancies on the Federal Communications Commission are about to be filled. Kevin Martin, a presidential advisor and former assistant to retiring commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth, is one of two Republican nominees. The other is Kathleen Abernathy, VP public policy at CLEC Broadband Office in Falls Church VA. The Democratic appointee is Michael Copps, who served at the Commerce department during the Clinton years and who worked for South Carolina Sen. Ernest Hollings. All nominations must be vetted by the U.S. Senate. Reed Hundt, a former chair of the FCC, has been named to the board of Intel Corp, replacing founder Gordon Moore. Hundt served on the FCC from 1993 until 1997.