Major Executive Shakeup at Qualcomm
Steve Altman, 49, has been appointed as the new Vice Chairman of Qualcomm. Most recently, Altman served as President of the company. Prior to being named President, Altman served as EVP & President of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Amylin Pharmaceuticals.
Steve Mollenkopf, 41, has been promoted to President & COO of the company. He will continue to serve in his current role as President of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT). In the past, Mollenkopf was EVP and Group President of the company. He also served as EVP of QCT Product Management, SVP of Engineering & Product Management, and VP of Engineering. Currently, Mollenkopf sits on the Board of Atheros Communications.
Rafael Steinhauser has been selected as the new SVP and President of Qualcomm Latin America. Steinhauser has held a variety of executive positions at Qualcomm, including Director of Qualcomm South America and VP of Qualcomm Brazil. Before joining Qualcomm, he was President of Latin America operations at Acision and NextWave and President of Brazil operations at Cisco and Nortel.
Derek Aberle, 40, has been promoted to the role of EVP & Group President. In addition to continuing to serve as President of the Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL) division, Aberle will oversee Qualcomm's core services businesses. In the past, he has held various roles at QTL, including President, EVP, SVP, VP, Legal Counsel, and GM.
New CTO at Nokia
Henry Tirri has been named as Nokia’s new CTO. Prior to this appointment, he served as the SVP & Head of Nokia Research Center. In addition to these positions, Tirri has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki for over a decade. In the past, he has served on the Advisory Board at Nexit Ventures, a mobile venture capital company, and as a director of Ekahau, a leader in Wi-Fi based tracking solutions.
Harris Appoints CEO
Harris Corporation announced that its Board of Directors has appointed William Brown, 48, as President and CEO. He will also likely join the Board of Directors at the company’s December Board meeting. Brown succeeds Howard Lance, 55, who will continue to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board until the end of the calendar year. Brown joins Harris from United Technologies, where he most recently was SVP of Corporate Strategy and Development. Prior to that role he served as President of UTC's Fire & Security division. Before joining UTC, Brown held senior roles at Carrier Corporation, a UTC subsidiary specializing in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems.
Wireless Telecom Equipment Manufacturer Hires Director
Comtech Telecom announced that it appointed Edwin Kantor, 78, as Lead Independent Director of the company. Kantor has been on the Comtech Board as a director since 2001. Currently, he is an Investment Banker with Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Prior to Cantor Fitzgerald, he served as Co-CEO of TPB Financial Services and HCFP/Brenner Securities. Before joining HCFP/Brenner Securities, Kantor was the Vice Chairman of Barington Capital Group. Earlier in his career, Kantor spent 37 years in the securities industry with Drexel Burnham Lambert and its predecessor firms.
Date range: September 22nd - October 19th
Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.
Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years. Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.
Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.
Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, garage.ca, and RBC Capital Partners.
She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program. www.vell.com/