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Telecom Products Exec & Board Appointments 8/27 to 9/23 2012 Featured

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Yahoo! Co-Founder Leaves Cisco Board

Jerry Yang, 43, is leaving Cisco Systems’ board. Yang co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 with David Filo and served as CEO from 2007 to 2009. He resigned from the Yahoo! Board and boards of Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba Group Holding earlier this year. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Fund.

T-Mobile USA Names New CEO

T-Mobile named John Legere, 54, as the company's new CEO, following Phillip Hume's resignation in June and the subsequent naming of Jim Alling as interim CEO. Legere was formerly CEO of telecommunications company Global Crossing, which was acquired by Level 3 communications. He's also spent time at Dell, serving as president of operations for EMEA, and the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to that, Legere worked at AT&T as president of AT&T Asia. As for Jim Alling, he'll return to his previous position as T-Mobile's Chief Operative Officer.

L-3 Communications Names Retired Air Force Personnel to Board

L-3 Communications elects General Lloyd W. "Fig" Newton (U.S. Air Force - retired to its board of directors. Throughout his 34-year military career, General Newton served in a number of command and staff positions in the U.S. Air Force. From 1997 until his retirement in 2000, he was commander of the Air Education and Training Command, where he was responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air Force personnel. He also served as an Air Force congressional liaison officer with the U.S. House of Representatives. A combat aviator with more than 4,000 flight hours, General Newton was also a member of the Air Force's Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds. Following his retirement from the Air Force, General Newton was EVP of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines until 2006. He was also a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

Harris Corporation’s COO Retires

Daniel R. Pearson, 60, EVP and COO of Harris Corporation , will retire i the beginning of 2013, after 35 years of service with the Company. He joined Harris in 1977 and has held positions in various capacities of increasing responsibility. He served as the President of Network Support Division, Group President of Defense Communications, Group President of Government Communications Systems, VP of Strategic Management and Business for the Government Communications Systems Division and VP, General Manager of the Government Aerospace Systems Division.

Alcatel-Lucent Exec Joins Ciber to Lead International Division

Ciber, the application development and management company, named Maria Pardee as SVP and General Manager of its international division. She joins Ciber from Alcatel-Lucent where she was SVP of Global Enterprise Accounts. She moved to Alcatel-Lucent from British Telecom where she served as President for Global Integration, and led the integration of 29 firms BT had acquired into its network and IT operations. Pardee joined BT as CIO for its Retail division, which accounted for more than half of the company's business. She has also worked as Managing Director for BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), leading its Communications and Content division, and VP of American Management Systems responsible for its largest communications client.

Logitech Division Appoints Americas Leader

LifeSize, the video conferencing equipment division of Logitech, named Ray Villareal as its new VP of the Americas and general manager of global services. Most recently, Villareal served as a go-to-market consultant for several technology companies in the collaboration, search and virtualization markets. Villareal gained extensive experience during his tenure as SVP, Field Operations at SumTotal Systems , VP, Field Operations and Marketing at WebEx, later acquired by Cisco, and VP/GM positions in Enterprise Solutions and Services, North America and Global Alliances at Compaq/Tandem Computers.

Sonus Networks Promotes Senior Execs to Lead Growth

Todd A. Abbott, 52, has been promoted to EVP of Strategy & Go-To-Market, at the voice and multimedia infrastructure solutions company. Abbott, who joined Sonus in 2011, will add business unit planning and execution responsibilities to his current role guiding sales, marketing and business development. Since joining, Abbott has led the go-to-market transformation of Sonus, including the move into the enterprise segment and the company's first channel activation program, Sonus Partner AssureT. With the addition of business unit responsibilities under Abbott, the product offering, promotion and sales execution of Sonus solutions are now united to accelerate market responsiveness to the communications needs of enterprises and service providers.

Sonus Networks promoted Jeffrey M. Snider, 47, to SVP, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. Snider has served as SVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Sonus since 2009. With the addition of the Chief Administrative Officer function, Snider's role expands to include oversight of human resources as well as facilities management. Most recently, Snider helped guide Sonus' August 2012 acquisition of Network Equipment Technologies. In his expanded position, Snider will ensure that the talent resources, operational facilities and legal support collectively serve Sonus' stated mission to help companies communicate faster, smarter and more collaboratively.

USA Mobility Appoints Lawson Exec as President of Amcom Software

USA Mobility appointed Colin Balmforth, 49, as President of Amcom Software. Balmforth joins Amcom, USA Mobility's software subsidiary, after four years at Lawson Software, where he had been Group EVP of Lawson's Subscription Business unit. He succeeds Christopher D. Heim, who left Amcom Software in June but remains on USA Mobility's Board. Balmforth has more than 20 years of operational management experience in the software technology industry. Prior to Lawson, he was Group EVP for General Industries including software sales, services and general management of Lawson's industry vertical group. Previously, he was Global VP of Professional Services at Intelliden, COO and EVP Conexus Partners, held operations and business leadership roles in Europe and USA with J.D. Edwards & Co. and PeopleSoft.

Mitel Appoints Former IBM Exec as CMO

Mitel appointed Martyn Etherington to the position of CMO. In this capacity Martyn assumes oversight responsibility for all aspects of Mitel's corporate marketing strategy and programs globally. He joins Mitel from Tektronix where he most recently held the position of VP worldwide marketing and Commercial and GM Latin America. He has more than 25 years' experience holding senior positions with multinational technology companies including VP-Marketing at Emerald Solutions, VP at IBM/Sequent Computer Systems and Chief of Staff at Sequent Computer Systems, and a proven track record for global brand building and sales growth.

earSmart Chip Company Hires Seasoned Legal Exec

Audience, appointed Craig Factor as VP, general counsel and secretary. Prior to joining Audience, he served as VP and general counsel at Nanosolar, a solar panel manufacturing company. Prior to his time at Nanosolar, he served as VP of legal affairs and general counsel at Innovative Silicon, a semiconductor memory company. Mr. Factor also served as general counsel at RITA Medical Systems, a medical device company that was acquired by AngioDynamics; Artisan Components, a semiconductor intellectual property licensing company that was acquired by ARM Holdings; and Immersion Corporation, a company which licenses computer technologies that engage the sense of touch. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Wiley Rein.

CopyTele Names Board Member, CEO and other Senior Leaders

CopyTele elected Bruce F. Johnson to Board. Mr. Johnson, 68, a self-employed commodity trader, has served as a director of CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange, since 2007 when CME Group was created from the merger between the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade. Mr. Johnson has been a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for more than 31 years and has an extensive knowledge of the capital markets as a result of his investment background.

Robert Berman, 49, was named CopyTele's President and CEO. Mr. Berman has experience in a broad variety of areas including finance, acquisitions, marketing, and the development, licensing, and monetization of intellectual property. He was recently the CEO of IP Dispute Resolution Corporation, a consulting company focused on patent monetization. Prior to IPDR, Mr. Berman was the COO and General Counsel of Acacia Research Corporation.

The company named Dr. Amit Kumar as strategic advisor. He is currently CEO of Geo Fossil Fuels, an energy company. He has been an investor, founder, Director and CEO of several technology enterprises, both public and private. As CEO, he took CombiMatrix Corporation public and ran it for a decade while listed on the NASDAQ Global Market. He has worked in venture capital with OAK investment Partners, and has been an advisor to investment funds, venture capital firms, and Fortune 500 companies. He was on the Board of Acacia Research Corporation from 2002-2008.

John Roop was named SVP of Engineering. Mr. Roop has 18 years of experience analyzing and evaluating patents for acquisition and licensing, and over 20 years of experience as a Silicon Valley design engineer and engineering executive. He was SVP of Engineering at Acacia Research and was instrumental in developing Acacia's patent acquisition operations. Previously, he was a co-founder and SVP of Engineering at StarSight Telecast, a pioneering developer of electronic program guides, and VP of Engineering at VSAT Systems, a satellite telecommunications systems developer.

Date range: August 26 - September 23

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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.

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