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Telecom Products Exec & Board Changes 2/11 to 3/14 2013 Featured

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Qualcomm Strengthens Silicon Valley Presence with Appointment of BD Leader

Qualcomm, the powerful mobile chipmaker, has hired well-known Silicon Valley investor Laurie Yoler as SVP of business development, responsible for augmenting existing business relationships in Silicon Valley, as well as developing new strategic business opportunities for Qualcomm in the region. Yoler has most recently been a long-time partner and managing director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, an investment bank in the area, working with a range of companies and start-ups. Yoler has been an integral part of the development and launch of many new innovations and products, including within large companies like Visa, Sun Microsystems, and Accenture, as well as with a small group of founders, investors and advisors of a new entrepreneurial venture with a radical idea such as Tesla Motors, DNA Direct, and Packet Design.

Deutsche Telekom CEO Leaves for Video Post

Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann, 50, is leaving his post to join Dutch cable firm Ziggo. Obermann will take over as Ziggo’s CEO, following the planned retirement of current head Bernard Dijkhuizen. Obermann has presided over a number of big moves at the company’s U.S. subsidiary, T-Mobile USA, including the failed bid to be acquired by AT&T, as well as more recent moves to merge with MetroPCS, add Apple products to its lineup and build an LTE network. He is the Chairman of the Management Board and CEO since 2006. He served as Member of the Management Board and CEO of T-Mobile International AG from 2002 until 2006. He joined the Group, in 1998, as Managing Director Sales for T-Mobile Deutschland. His career began with business traineeship at BMW in Muenchen.

Deutsche Telekom named CFO Timotheus Höttges, 51, as next CEO. He has been appointed Deputy CEO and CFO. He served as Member of the Management Board responsible for T-Home and Sales & Service at the Company from 2006 to 2009. From 2005 until being appointed to the Group Board of Management, he headed European operations as Member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile International. From 2000 until the end of 2004, he served as Managing Director, Finance and Controlling, before becoming Chairman of the Managing Board of T-Mobile Deutschland. Earlier, he spent three years with a business consulting company, latterly as Project Manager.

Level 3 Communications Appoints Investment Expert to Board

Level 3 Communications appointed Peter van Oppen, 59, to its board of directors. Oppen has been a partner at Trilogy Partnership, a private investment firm focused on technology and telecommunications, since 2006. Prior to joining Trilogy, he served as CEO and chairman of the board for Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC), a data storage company, for twelve years, from 1994 through its acquisition by Quantum in 2006. Prior to ADIC, he served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Interpoint from 1985 to 1996 and served as its COO from 1987 to 1989 and EVP of Finance and Operations from 1985 to 1987. He was an Initial Investor in Voicestream and Western Wireless (WWCA). Prior to 1985, he served as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse and Bain & Company.

Frontier Communications Appoints New CFO

Frontier Communications has appointed John M. Jureller, 53, as EVP and CFO of the company. From 2008 through 2012, he was SVP, Finance and Operations for the Resources Group of General Atlantic, a global growth private equity firm managing $17 billion around the globe. Before this, he was CFO of WestPoint International, with overall financial responsibility for a $900 million company. He was responsible for all financial matters, including public financial reporting, taxation, internal audit and corporate finance. From 2003 through 2006, he was a member of the Corporate Turnaround & Restructuring practice of AlixPartners. Previously, he was CFO of Trans-Resources, SVP, Corporate Development at Gartner, and SVP, Finance and Corporate Development at Caribiner International. Early in his career, he held increasingly senior financial roles at PepsiCo World Trading Company, Emcor Group, and GE Capital. He began his career in finance at Bankers Trust Company.

Vocera Communications Hires Enterprise and Tech Marketing Leader for Corporate Marketing

Vocera Communications, the mobile communication solutions firm, appointed Sandra Miley as its VP of Corporate Marketing. A leader in enterprise and technology marketing, Sandra Miley brings an accomplished track record of developing compelling brands and driving sales growth for numerous successful high-tech companies. Over the course of 20 years, Sandra has demonstrated her ability to recognize early market trends and latent customer needs, as well as make complex technologies easy to understand. As a result, Sandra has fueled global expansion and accelerated growth of recognized brands, including Juniper Networks, Adobe, Brocade, Cisco, and Nokia.

EXFO Appoints Strategic Investment Exec to Board

EXFO, the telecom network testing solutions company, named Claude Seguin, 62, to its Board of Directors. Seguin, who has an extensive track record of working as a senior executive in the private and public sector, is currently SVP, Corporate Development and Strategic Investments at CGI Group, a leading provider of IT and business process services. In this role, he is responsible for all M&A activities. Prior to joining CGI in 2003, he was President of CDP Capital - Private Equity, a unit of the Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec. From 1992 to 2000, he held the position of EVP, Finance and CFO of Teleglobe. He also had a successful career in the public service, culminating with the title of Deputy Minister of the Quebec Finance Ministry for five years. He sits on several boards including COM DEV International (retiring), HEC Montreal and Centraide of Greater Montreal.

Mobile Integrated Systems Sees Board and CEO Changes

Donald Ziraldo has resigned as board member of Mobile Integrated Systems, a technology company focused on developing and deploying interactive and mobile products and transaction systems. Ziraldo was a founding partner in Inniskillin in 1975, a company dedicated to producing high quality, estate-bottled wines. Ziraldo's many board and advisory positions include Shaftesbury Films, Vintners’ Quality Alliance, The International Wine Institute, Zerofootprint, Vincor International, the Shaw Festival, and in 2006 the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs appointed him as Chairman of the Vineland Research & Innovation Center.

Murray P.J.B. Simser, 40, has stepped down from his roles as President and CEO of the Company. Simser founded tech start-ups in enterprise software,, and mobile app and game spaces. He was Director of Worldwide Incubation for Microsoft, and he co-founded the $80 million dollar investor-backed cloud-based award-winning CRM company, eAssist. He also led the sales and commercialization effort of many well-known technologies at Microsoft and was a key executive of Silicon Valley start-ups. He is the Founder and Chairman of Resmis Ventures, a privately held venture fund that takes positions in companies. He is the President of Merchant World Services, a privately held company that offers mobile apps focused on personal safety and security. He also founded a business process offshore (BPO) company OSP, responsible for unlocking shareholder value by least-cost shoring a quarter billion dollars in back-office tech and admin infrastructure to places around the globe.

Emlyn J. David, 48, previously the Company's CFO, has been appointed as Interim President and CEO and will conduct a search for a new President and CEO under the direction of the Company's Chairman, Todd Halpern. David has over 20 years of investment analysis and corporate financial management experience. Mr. David is the Managing Partner of Cangap Capital, a niche merchant bank investing in and lending to a wide range of companies, including interests in transportation, business aviation, environmental services and media finance. He has also taken companies public via the capital pool process on the TSX V. David began his career working as a Corporate Financial Manager with Cambridge Shopping Centres, one of the largest public real estate companies in North America at that time. Subsequent to that, David co-founded a niche real estate investment-banking group within a large national brokerage firm, participating in over 15 listings of REITS and Real Estate companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Date Range: February 11 - March 14

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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.

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