Live Life To The Fullest


People talk about bucket lists.

People talk about all the things they want to see and do before their number is called up.

And then you’re number is called up. In some cases it’s much too soon.

Rob Pullen was the CEO of Tellabs, Inc. and died today at the young age of 50 from colon cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in April of this year.

Rob was a man who had a zest for life and surrounded the people that worked for him with his enthusiasm to be the best that you can be as a person, to your company and  your customers.

He was never a man to be saddled into the sidelines and watch the world go by. Rob had places to go. Rob had things to accomplish.

He tackled and accomplished his personal goals with wild abandon.

I’m grateful to have known Rob Pullen. He’s the model of a business man who genuinely cared about his employees. So much so that he wore his heart on his sleeve,  and it was evident during his All Hands Speeches: In his eyes, facial expressions and body posture.

To his wife and children, I am sure I am speaking for all of Tellabs employees – past and present – that we are truly saddened by the loss of a great man, father, friend, husband and genuine human being.

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