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Qualcomm Announces Leadership Change in Japan

Qualcomm appointed Clifford Ficke, 51, as VP and President of Qualcomm Japan. He replaces Jun Yamada who will now serve the company as a Senior Advisor. Most recently, Ficke served as the company's VP of Sales and Operations. Before joining Qualcomm, he served as VP of Sales and Business Development at Applied Micro Circuits. Previously, Ficke held sales and business development leadership roles at NEC Electronics and Marvell Semiconductor.

Corning Board Changes and CTO Appointed

William D. Smithburg, 73, the former Chairman, President and CEO of the Quaker Oats Company, retired from the Corning Board after serving for 25 years. Corning has appointed Gordon Gund, 72, as Lead Director following Smithburg's retirement. Gund is Chairman and CEO of Gund Investment and has served on Corning's Board since 1990.

Glenn F. Tilton, 64, the Chairman of the Midwest region for JP Morgan Chase, left Corning's Board when his term expired. Previously, he has served as the Chairman and CEO of United Continental Holdings and Continental Airlines.

Dr. Joseph A. Miller, Jr., 70, retired as Corning's EVP and CTO after 11 years of service. Prior to joining Corning, Dr. Miller was CTO and SVP of R&D with E.I. DuPont de Nemours. David L. Morse, 59, was appointed as EVP and CTO to succeed Miller. Morse joined Corning in 1976 as a composition scientist in glass research, and most recently served as SVP and Director of Corporate Research for the Science & Technology organization.

Sony Mobile Leadership Reshuffle

Kunimasa Suzuki has assumed the role of President and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications in addition to his role as Corporate Executive Officer and EVP of Sony Corporation. Suzuki succeeds Bert Nordberg, 55, who will become Chairman of Sony Mobile. As Corporate Executive Officer, Suzuki has been in charge of Sony’s PC business, Mobile Business, User Experience, Product Strategy and Creative Platform. He originally joined Sony Corporation in 1984 and has held a variety of leadership roles in the Vaio Business Group, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Electronics, and Sony’s Consumer Products Group and Business Strategy Group.

Nokia Chairman Resigns After 13 Years

Jorma Ollila, 61, who has been Nokia's Board Chairman since 1999, has stepped down. Ollila joined Nokia in 1985 and served as CEO from 1999 to 2006. Prior to Nokia, he has held several managerial positions at Citibank within the corporate banking division. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell.

Ollila is succeeded by Risto Siilasmaa, 46, who has been a Nokia board member since 2008. Siilasmaa is the founder of Internet security company F-Secure. He was the President and CEO of F-Secure from 1988 to 2006 and now serves as the Chairman of the board. He is also Chairman at Fruugo, an e-commerce company.

Symmetricom Creates CTO Role

Timing technologies and communications equipment company Symmetricom appointed Dr. James Armstrong to the new role of Chief Technology Officer. He joined Symmetricom in 2006 as VP of Engineering and has been leading the communications business segment as the EVP and GM for the last four years. Prior to joining Symmetricom, Armstrong was President of Movidis.

inContact Sales Executive Resigns

inContact, a provider of on-demand contact center software, announced that Frank Maylett has resigned as EVP of Sales and Global Alliances. He has left to become the SVP of Global Sales at AtTask. Prior to inContact, he spent five years at Brocade, most recently as the Director of Americas Software Sales. Before that, he served as the VP of Central Area Sales for Kabira Technologies, VP of Worldwide Sales at ReleaseNow, and as a Business Unit Executive at IBM.

New CRO at FairPoint Communications

FairPoint Communications terminated the employment of Kathleen McLean, 51, EVP and Chief Revenue Officer of the company. Tony Tomae has been appointed as McLean's successor. Most recently, he served as the EVP of Sales and Marketing at Deltacom and as the SVP of Marketing at WilTel Communications. He has also held senior positions at AT&T, Broadwing Communications, Prodigy, and Western Union.

Board Changes at Aware

Aware, the signal processing and digital communications technology company, announced that director Mark G. McGrath, 64, resigned from the board. McGrath retired as a Director of McKinsey in 2004, having served in the firm for 27 years. He led the firm’s Americas’ Consumer Goods Practice.

Brent P. Johnstone has been appointed as new Director to the Aware board. Johnstone currently serves as CEO of Royal Pet Supplies and is also a Managing Director for Quarry Capital, a private investment firm which he co-founded in 2005. Previously, he served as VP in the investment management division at Thomson Financial. He also worked on Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley's real estate and technology corporate finance teams.

Former Panasonic Executive Joins WVT as CMO

Warwick Valley Telephone Company named William Birnie as Chief Marketing Officer, a newly created position. Before joining WVT, he served as VP and GM of New Business Growth and Cloud Services for Panasonic. He has also held senior roles at Motorola, Lucent, and Comcast.

Nextel Co-Founder and Real Estate Investment Heavyweight Named to Mandalay Digital Board

Chris Rogers, 47, Co-Founder of Nextel and several of its predecessor companies, has joined the Board of Mandalay Digital, a mobile content management company. Most recently, he served as SVP, Corporate Development and Spectrum at Sprint Nextel. Prior to its merger with Sprint in 2005, Rogers was Co-Founder and SVP of Nextel, Co-Founder of FleetCall, and Founder and Chairman of Dispatch Communications.

John Bendheim, 56, the President of real estate company Bendheim Enterprises, has also joined the Mandalay Digital Board. He also founded Inland Homes in 1994 and has been President of Benditel, an apparel manufacturer.

Date range: April 5th - May 19th

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