Juniper not planning to replace comms leader Flanagin

Lee Flanagin held the top comms job for only three months.

Lee Flanagin
Lee Flanagin

SUNNYVALE, CA: Juniper Networks is not planning to replace its VP of corporate communications after Lee Flanagin left the role only three months into it.

Senior PR manager Jennifer Miu confirmed that Flanagin is no longer with Juniper and that the company is "not looking to fill this role at this time." She declined to explain why he left or who is leading communications in his absence.

Flanagin joined Juniper in August and exited by October, according to his LinkedIn profile.

"I left once I decided that Juniper wasn’t the right fit for me," he told PRWeek via email, adding that he had held the role for three months.

Last month, Juniper CEO Shaygan Kheradpir stepped down after less than a year in the role, following a board review of his negotiations with an unnamed customer. Chairman Scott Kriens said at the time that Kheradpir’s conduct "was inconsistent with [the board’s] expectations." Rami Rahim, a 17-year veteran of the networking services provider, replaced him as chief executive.

Miu told PRWeek that Flanagin did not leave the company because of the CEO change.

As corporate communications VP at Juniper, Flanagin reported to CMO Brad Brooks and oversaw about 25 staffers responsible for the company’s worldwide PR, executive communications, and internal comms.

Flanagin had replaced Michael Busselen, who resigned from Juniper in May after a year and a half in the position. Prior to Busselen, David Shane led Juniper’s communications for two years.

Earlier this year, Juniper reached a deal with activist hedge fund Elliott Management by agreeing to a $3 billion stock buyback, cost cuts, and two seats on the board for Elliott.

In October, Juniper forecast fourth-quarter earnings that missed analyst expectations, and its third-quarter service provider and enterprise net revenues declined.

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