Top U.S. Samsung Mobile Exec Leaves
Kevin Packingham, one of the top U.S.-based Samsung mobile executives, has left the company. He was chief product officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. Before joining Samsung, Packingham was CEO of Amerilink Telecom, a small company that had tried to bring in Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer, as a vendor for Sprint Nextel. He also previously worked for Sprint as a product executive.
Nokia CEO to Join Microsoft
Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, 49, will move to Microsoft, as the company acquires Nokia's Devices & Services business. He will lead an expanded devices team inside Microsoft, responsible for both hardware and Microsoft's business in things like games and music. Nokia board chairman Risto Siilasmaa will take over CEO duties while the Finnish firm is looking for a new CEO. Elop came to Nokia from Microsoft, where he ran the business division, which includes Microsoft's lucrative Office software. Before Microsoft, he ran the information systems of Juniper Networks, and ran field operations for Adobe, which makes tools for digital content. He came into Adobe from another acquisition, when Adobe purchased a company he ran called Macromedia.
L-3 Communications Promotes VP, London Operations to Corp SVP
L-3 Communications announced the promotion of Ron Cook to corporate SVP. He will continue to lead L-3's London Operations organization. Cook has led L-3 London Operations since it was established in 2005. As head of the London office, Air Commodore Cook had brought in a wealth of operational and Ministry of Defense experience to the position, as well as a strong reputation in both the UK and U.S. defense industry.
Former AT&T Long-Timer Joins Sprint Board
Sprint has elected Sara Martinez Tucker, 56, to the board. Tucker is the president and CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative. Its programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are transforming teaching, schools and education in the U.S. Tucker most recently served as the Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, she worked for nine years as the CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). Prior to joining HSF in 1997, Tucker spent 16 years at AT&T, becoming the first Latina to reach the company's executive level.
Avaya Appoints Former Intuit EVP and Former EDS CEO to Board
Avaya named Kiran Patel and Ronald Rittenmeyer to its board. Patel most recently served as EVP and general manager of the Small Business Group of Intuit from 2008 to September 2013. Patel is currently on the board of KLA-Tencor.
Rittenmeyer has served as chairman, president and CEO of Expert Global Solutions, a global provider of customer care support since 2011. Prior to his current position with Expert Global Solutions, he served as chairman, president and CEO of Electronic Data Systems. Rittenmeyer is currently on the board of American International Group and Tenet Healthcare.
Frontier Communications’ SVP and Controller Leaves
Susana D'Emic, 48, SVP and Controller of telephone company Frontier Communications leaves to pursue other career opportunities. D'Emic joined Frontier in 2011 as SVP and Controller. Previously, she was with Reader's Digest Association from 1998 until joining Frontier, most recently as VP, Corporate Controller and prior to that as VP, North American Controller. Before joining Reader's Digest, she held various positions with Kraft Foods, Colgate Palmolive and was an audit manager with KPMG.
Cincinnati Bell Appoints Chief Administrative Officer as CFO
Cincinnati Bell named Leigh R. Fox as CFO, succeeding Kurt A. Freyberger. Fox most recently served as the company’s SVP of finance before being announced as the company’s chief administrative officer earlier this year. Fox joined Cincinnati Bell in 2001 and has held multiple finance and accounting roles including network and operations, six sigma process improvement, and product development. As VP of finance at the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions, he played a strategic role in the growth and development of the company’s former data center business.
Sierra Wireless Sees OEM Solutions and EMEA Leadership Changes
Wireless technologies and solutions company Sierra Wireless’ SVP, OEM Solutions and Regional General Manager for EMEA, Didier Dutronc, leaves. Dutronc, was SVP, Marketing of the Company, earlier. He also served as Managing Director, Wavecom Asia-Pacific.
Dan Schieler, previously SVP of Worldwide Sales, has now moved into the role of SVP and General Manager, OEM Solutions. Emmanuel Walckenaer, SVP and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, will assume Regional General Management responsibilities for EMEA.
PCTEL Adds Former AT&T and MCI Exec to Board
Provider of propagation and optimization solutions for the wireless industry PCTEL appointed Cindy Andreotti to its Board. Andreotti is a 26-year telecommunications industry veteran and President and CEO of The Andreotti Group, a strategic business advisory firm. Prior to launching The Andreotti Group, she was responsible for sales, service, and bottom-line performance at both AT&T and MCI where she built a strong track record in managing large enterprise, government, and global customers. At MCI she was President, Enterprise Markets and also implemented the MCI Solutions business (managed services) and helped build a $2 billion revenue stream in the business’s first year. Before joining MCI in 1990, Andreotti managed national accounts at AT&T, notably Dayton Hudson (currently Target).
Date Range: August 30th - October 3rd