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Telecom Products Exec & Board Changes 3/15 to 4/11 2013 Featured

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HTC Sees Changes in European Leadership

HTC’s VP of Product and Operations for EMEA, Phil Blair, has taken over as its new EMEA head. Blair has been with the company since it launched in EMEA in 2005. Phil will be responsible for leading HTC’s strategic growth across EMEA, in addition to heading up the UK arm of the business. Phil’s depth of experience in the smartphone market, intrinsic understanding of mobile products and long-standing relationships with key industry partners put him in a strong position to create new opportunities for the business, taking HTC into its next phase of growth.

Blair is replacing former EMEA head Florian Seiche, who decided to join Finnish handset maker Nokia. Seiche has been with HTC since 2005, prior to which he served as Director of Devices at Orange.

AT&T Appoints New President of Government Solutions

AT&T appointed Kay Kapoor as President of AT&T Government Solutions, the unit within AT&T that serves a wide range of federal agencies. In her new role, Kapoor will lead a 4,000 employee organization responsible for delivering IT and professional services solutions to government customers at the federal level. Kapoor brings 25 years of experience in the government contracting and technology space to AT&T. Most recently, she served as chief executive of Accenture Federal Services, the company's federal business unit. She also held executive positions at ITT Corporation and Lockheed Martin.

Samsung Names Mobile, Consumer Heads as co-CEOs

Samsung Electronics promoted the heads of its mobile and consumer electronics businesses as co-CEOs, along with current CEO Kwon Oh-hyun. Yoon Boo-keun, the president of Samsung's consumer-electronics division, and J.K. Shin, the president of the company's IT and mobile communications, will take on expanded roles as CEOs, together with Kwon Oh-hyun who oversees the company's components business. The decision is aimed at speeding up the decision making process and ensuring independent operations of its mobile and consumer electronics businesses on the component side.

Nokia Goes Through Several Leadership Changes

Nokia’s global head of developer relations, Richard Kerris, who has been helping recruit developers for Nokia, has left the phone maker to set up his own consulting firm. Kerris, who previously worked at Apple and HP/Palm, was at Nokia for a year and a half, helping the company woo developers to Windows Phone.

Shiv Shivakumar, Nokia's operations chief for India, the Middle East, and Africa, has left the company. Shivakumar, an 8-year veteran, has overseen Nokia's operations in about 90 countries, including a number of emerging markets where its share has held up relatively well. Shivakumar, who led Nokia’s India operations from 2006 to 2011, before moving to Dubai to head the region, will continue in a consultancy role for some time. Before joining Nokia India in 2006, he headed the consumer electronics business of Phillips.

Shivakumar is being replaced by VP of smart devices for the Americas, Arto Nummela. Nummela joined Nokia in 1994 and has served in several positions including VP AT&T Business Team, VP R&D Productization and General Manager for Vodafone Sales Account Globally.

Florian Seiche, EMEA President at HTC, will be joining Nokia as head of European sales. Seiche has been with the company since 2005, prior to which he served as Director of Devices at Orange.

BlackBerry Co-Founder Leaves to Launch New Venture

Mike Lazaridis, 52, has decided to retire as Vice Chair and a Director of BlackBerry. Lazaridis co-founded BlackBerry nearly 30 years ago and served as a co-CEO of the company until last year when he was elected Vice Chair of the Board. Lazaridis, who launched his new venture, Quantum Valley Investments, will be stepping down from the BlackBerry Board.

ST-Ericsson Names COO as CEO

Carlo Ferro, 51, is appointed President and CEO of ST-Ericsson, the JV between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson engaged in design, development, and the creation of cutting-edge mobile platforms and wireless semiconductors. Ferro is currently COO of ST-Ericsson and succeeds Didier Lamouche who, as previously announced, will pursue opportunities outside the company. Ferro will lead the work in securing both business continuity of ST-Ericsson and effective completion of the transition phase. He served as CFO, SEVP, Group VP Corporate Finance, Deputy CFO, and EVP of STMicroelectronics. Before that, he gained extensive experience in Planning and Control, Corporate Finance and M&A at Finmeccanica, the leading Italian high-tech engineering and manufacturing group and, at that time, a shareholder of SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics (now STMicroelectronics). He served as a professor of Planning and Control and as an associate professor of Advanced Finance in various periods.

Frontier Communications Appoints VP, Investor Relations from JPMorgan

Luke Szymczak has joined Frontier Communications as VP, Investor Relations. Szymczak joined Frontier after 12 years at J. P. Morgan, most recently as Managing Director at JPMorgan Asset Management. As a senior analyst he covered telecom, wireless, cable and technology sectors for the global asset manager and managed the firm’s global Tech-Media-Telecom Fund. Prior to J. P. Morgan, Szymczak was with Prudential Securities for eight years, most recently as First VP, Equity Research covering the communications equipment industry. Before that, he was an Associate with Schooner Capital. He began his career with a division of IBM, later holding corporate positions in Engineering and Marketing and managing teams whose projects covered Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Alcatel One Touch Nabs Samsung Product Management Exec to Bolster U.S. Ranks

Alcatel One Touch, the brand for mobile phones manufactured by TCL Corporation and Alcatel Mobile Phones which is looking to expand its U.S. presence, has hired the former Samsung Head of Product Management & Technology, Steve Cistulli, to lead sales, marketing and product strategy efforts as SVP of North America. Prior to Samsung, he served as Director-Strategic Accounts at Nokia, Director (US Strategic Accounts) at Symbian, SVP at TapRoot Systems, VP-Business Development at Panasonic Mobile Communications, Director-Program Management at Ericsson Telecommunication, and Software Engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company.

Single Touch Systems Names IP Market Pioneer to Board

The mobile solutions provider serving retailers, advertisers and brands, Single Touch Systems, elects Peter Holden to its Board of Directors. Holden is currently SVP, Corporate Development and Investments at IPVALUE where he is responsible for IP investments and acquisitions. Prior to joining IPVALUE, he founded the IP Investment Group at Coller Capital, a global Private Equity firm with over $14 billion under management in 2006. He formerly held senior positions at Panasonic, IPVALUE Management, University Patents, and Invisible Hand, an IP venturing fund that he founded.

Date Range: March 15th - April 11th

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Dora Vell

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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