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Telecom Products Exec & Board Appointments 7/16 to 8/26 2012 Featured

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Qualcomm Nabs Former Intel Exec to Head Marketing

Anand Chandrasekher, 49, has joined Qualcomm as CMO. He will oversee global marketing and external communications. Chandrasekher is a seasoned global operating and management executive with a proven track record in strategic planning, product development and marketing. Most recently, he was SVP, general manager for the Ultra Mobility Group at Intel Corporation, with responsibility for the Intel Atom processor family. During his nearly 25-year tenure at Intel, Chandrasekher held a variety of leadership roles including head of Intel's Worldwide Sales and Marketing Group, corporate VP of the Mobile Platforms Group and co-general manager for the Intel486 Processor Division. He is best known for his pioneering efforts on the Intel Centrino platforms.

Cisco Appoints CEO and Well-known Former Government Official to Board

Cisco appointed Marc Benioff, 47, Chairman and CEO of and Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, Ph.D., 54, CEO of Enduring Energy, to its Board. Marc Benioff co-founded in 1999 and has been its CEO since 2001 and Chairman since 1999. He serves as General Advisor of Keas. He was employed at Oracle where he held a number of positions in sales, marketing and product development, and served as SVP.

Dr. Johnson most recently served as Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy before joining Enduring Energy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Johnson served as Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University and Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University. In addition to her academic career, she is an inventor and entrepreneur, holding over 45 U.S. patents (129 U.S. and international patents) and co-founder of several successful companies including, ColorLink.

Corning Promotes Senior Leaders

Corning elected Clark S. Kinlin, 52, to the position of EVP, Corning Telecommunications business group. The group comprises Corning Optical Fiber and Corning Cable Systems. He was appointed President and COO of the cable division in 2008. Kinlin joined Corning in 1981 and has worked in a variety of businesses, including Corning Consumer Products and Corning International. Based in China for several years, Kinlin led the growth of Corning's business in China and established a strong corporate operating platform. He also led the commercial entry of the telecommunications business into Japan and China.

Martin J. Curran, 53, has been appointed to the position of SVP and Innovation Officer, a new position in the company. Most recently, Curran served as SVP and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber. Curran joined Corning in 1984 and has held several roles in finance, manufacturing, marketing, and served as SVP and general manager for Corning Cable Systems Hardware and Equipment Americas organization, prior to being named head of optical fiber.

The company also elected Stephen P. Miller, 43, as VP and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. Most recently, Miller served as SVP and CFO for Corning Cable Systems. He joined Corning in 1995 and has held several roles in finance across a number of business organizations. He spent several years in Japan as the Display Technologies division controller.

Harris Corporation Appoints Board Member and Senior Leaders

Harris Corporation, the international telecommunications equipment company, appointed U.S. Army General Peter W. Chiarelli (Ret.), 62, who served for almost 40 years, to its Board of Directors. General Chiarelli most recently served as the U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff until his retirement earlier this year. During his military career he also served as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense; Commander of the Multi-National Corps in Iraq; Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and in Iraq; U.S. Army Chief Operations, Training and Mobilization; and Executive Officer, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. He served as a commander at all levels within the Army - from platoon to a multinational corps in a combat theater. General Chiarelli is currently CEO of One Mind for Research, a non-profit organization bringing together healthcare providers, researchers and academics to cure brain disorders.

The company has named Robert Duffy, 45, as SVP of Human Resources and Administration, succeeding Jeff Shuman, who is leaving Harris to pursue other opportunities. Duffy brings nearly 20 years of human resources leadership experience to Harris. He joined Harris from United Technologies Corporation (UTC) where he held domestic and international leadership positions of increasing responsibility since joining the company in 1998. He most recently served as VP of Human Resources for the company's $7 billion Sikorsky aircraft operation. Previously he served in similar roles within UTC's Fire and Security, Carrier, Hamilton Sundstrand and Pratt & Whitney operations. Prior to joining UTC, Duffy held human resource management positions with Royal Dutch Shell and the James River Corporation.

Veteran business and technology strategist Gregory Taylor, 44, has been named VP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, a new position within the company. He joined Harris from United Technologies Corporation (UTC) where he held several senior leadership roles since joining the company in 2004. Most recently he served as VP, Sales, Marketing, Strategy and Business Development for UTC Automation & Controls Solutions, where he was responsible for developing the business strategy and commercial structure for the newly formed unit. Previously he served in a similar role for UTC's $2 billion Global Fire Products division, where he led strategic planning, product development and emerging market growth initiatives. Prior to joining UTC, Taylor served as SVP for Investor Growth Capital; VP for George Group; consultant for Bain and Company; and design engineer for General Electric Astrospace, which now is part of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Audio Communications Equipment Company Appoints CFO from Autodesk

Plantronics appointed Pamela Strayer, 44, as SVP & CFO. Strayer replaces Barbara Scherer retired after more than 15 years as the Company's SVP of finance and administration and CFO. Strayer brings to Plantronics more than two decades of financial management experience, including more than 14 years within the technology industry. Prior to joining the Company, Strayer spent seven years at Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities, most recently as its VP, finance, Principal Accounting Officer. Prior to Autodesk, Strayer spent five years at Epiphany, a customer relationship management software company acquired by SSA Global Technologies, the last three years of which as VP of finance and corporate controller. Strayer also spent one year at Informix Software, a relational database management system developer, as Senior Manager of Worldwide Revenue Recognition prior to its acquisition by IBM.

ScanSource Enhances Finance leadership

ScanSource, the telecom products company, promoted Gerald Lyons, 48, to SVP, Finance and Principal Accounting Officer . In his new position, he assumes significant responsibility for the Company's financial operations, including its Reseller Financial Services, Internal Audit, Treasury, Accounting and Finance departments. Prior to this position, he served as VP, Financial Business Systems, where he was actively involved in the implementation, management and oversight of the Company's financial systems and processes. He joined ScanSource in 2007 as VP, Corporate Controller, where he was responsible for guiding the operation of the accounting function, as well as the strategic direction of the accounting team. Prior to joining ScanSource, he worked with Moen in senior controllership and general management positions. He also served in various accounting and financial management positions with Cooper Industries.

Digital and Analog Products Company Appoints Sales and Marketing Head

Westell Technologies appoints David A. Robison as SVP of Sales and Marketing. Most recently, Robison served as the SVP of Sales and General Manager for Alvarion. Prior to that he served as the SVP of Sales and General Manager of ECI Telecommunications where he was accountable for all aspects of sales, marketing, service and finance for the Americas region. Prior to joining ECI, he gained additional sales and marketing experience through positions he held at Caspian, UT Starcom, Zhone Technologies, Ascend/Lucent Technologies, Cisco Systems, Sprint and MCI Communications.

CopyTele Appoints Director; Terminates CEO and Appoints iCEO

CopyTele, the telecom products compay, named Kent B. Williams to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Williams is the managing member of Vista Asset Management, an investment advisory firm, providing wealth management and strategic capital introductions. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the capital markets, including positions with U.S. Trust, Wood Island Associates and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Williams is a founder of VIA Motors, a clean tech, plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) company. VIA is a development stage automotive company which has designed a highly efficient, environmentally friendly, powertrain technology for light duty trucks, vans and SUVs.

The company terminated Denis A. Krusos, 84, as CEO while he continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He has been CEO of the company since 1982. CopyTele's Chairman of the Board, Lewis H. Titterton Jr., 67, was named interim CEO to lead CopyTele while a search for a new CEO is conducted. Mr. Titterton has served on CopyTele's Board since 2010 and as Chairman since July 2012. He is currently Chairman of the Board of NYMED, a diversified health services company. His background is in high technology with an emphasis on health care and he has been with NYMED since 1989. He founded MedE America in 1986 and was CEO of Management and Planning Services before that.

Date range: July 16th - August 26

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