Technology >> CEO Interviews >> December 24, 2001

Darrell Hughes – Cognigen Networks Inc (cgnw)

DARRELL H. HUGHES, Chairman, President and CEO of Cognigen Networks, Inc., has more than 30 years' experience within Internet, telecommunications, and sales environments, with 18 years of senior executive experience within top-tier positions of responsibility, driving organizations which have generated up to $65 million in incremental annual sales revenue and maintained $250 million in client relationships. With a consistent record of success in general management, he has led teams of 10 to 1,300 employees to annual results which have exceeded objectives by as much as 50%. Mr. Hughes excels in "change management" consultations within technology and complex relationship environments. He earned his Master's in Management from the University of Redlands and has served as an adjunct professor both at Golden Gate University in San Francisco and at Northwest College in Kirkland, Washington. Courses facilitated range from "Broadband Technologies" and "Telecommunications Consulting" to "Leadership" and "Ethics in Business." Prior to his current position of President and CEO of Cognigen Networks, Inc.' an Internet facilitated sales organization with 145,000 agents and near 100% annual growth ' Mr. Hughes was the Vice President of Sales and Service for AAA Washington. Prior to his arrival at AAA Washington, Mr. Hughes served in various capacities within the Northwest following his retirement from GTE in 1993 as General Manager of Business Sales and Service, a $300 million business unit. In his current position, Mr. Hughes continues to choreograph and expand the functionalities available within Cognigen's web-based sales channel and its wholly owned subsidiary Cognigen Switching Technologies, an FCC 214 national and international communications carrier located in central California. Through the unification of the skills presented within these two divisions, expansion into custom service offerings for business clients and affiliate program development is a major focus. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with an historical sketch of Cognigen Networks,

Inc., and an overview?

Mr. Hughes: Cognigen is not a dot-com company as some people might

believe, but we are very Web