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HTC’s Chief Product Officer and Communications Chief Leave

Taiwanese phone maker HTC has been hit with a wave of staff departures. Chief among the exits is Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera. Kodera was responsible for HTC's overall product strategy. As a seasoned veteran of the mobile industry, he has a strong track record of building device portfolio strategies. Kodera, a former head of products for Sony Ericsson, joined HTC in 2010. Before Sony Ericsson he served in various marketing roles fir Mitsubishi, most recently as Marketing Director for Mitsubishi Electric Telecom Europe.

VP, Global Communications and Influencer Marketing, Jason Gordon, has also left. Since joining HTC in 2006, Jason has played a key leadership role in launching the HTC brand from an unknown company in 2007 to a 2011 Interbrand top 100 global brand ranking of 98. As an experienced communication executive, Jason has played a key role in many of the mobile industry’s most important launches and announcements, including: the first Handspring Treo (2001), Microsoft and HTC’s first smartphones (2002), Google’s Android operating system (2007), the first Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1 (2008), and the first smartphone with Facebook Home, the HTC First (2013). Before HTC, he was PR Manager at Motorola, Product PR Manager at Microsoft, Account Director at Text 100, and Marketing exec at Brigadoon.

Qualcomm Appoints Former HP and Apple Exec as Director

Qualcomm elected Jonathan Rubinstein, 56, to its Board of Directors. Rubinstein brings more than 30 years of experience in the mobile, computing and consumer electronics industries to the position, and he last served as SVP of Product Innovation for Hewlett-Packard until 2012. Rubinstein's longstanding career has spanned a number of roles. In his most recent positions at HP, he led product innovation for HP's Personal Systems and, prior to that, presided over the launch of the HP's Touchpad tablet as SVP and general manager of Palm Global Business Unit.

Previously, Rubinstein joined Palm as executive chairman in 2007, where he focused on product development; R&D and engineering to drive Palm's return to innovation with its webOS software and smartphone devices. He led Palm as chairman and CEO from 2009 until it was acquired by HP in 2010. Prior to his role at Palm, Rubinstein earned the nickname, "The Podfather," while running Apple's iPod division, where he was instrumental in creating the iPod and its robust ecosystem. He also served as SVP of Hardware Engineering, where he was responsible for overhauling the Apple's engineering teams, product roadmaps, manufacturing processes and leading the rapid rollout of the iMac. Rubinstein previously held a number of engineering and leadership positions at different computing companies, such as Stardent Computer and NeXT Computer and founded his own company, Firepower Systems. He is on the board.

Deutsche Telekom Names Future CFO

Deutsche Telekom has appointed Thomas Dannenfeldt as the future CFO. He will succeed Timoethus Hoettges in January 2014, when Hoettges takes over from Rene Obermann as Chairman of the Management Board.

Thomas Dannenfeldt has been Managing Director of Finance and Controlling at the Group's subsidiary in charge of German operations since 2010. Before that, he was responsible for the Finance and Controlling department at T-Mobile Deutschland. As a member of the T-Home Board of Management, he was responsible for the Finance department. Before being appointed to the T-Home Board of Management as the member responsible for the Market and Quality Management in 2007, he was in charge of sales management, supply chain management and sales development at T-Mobile International for the national companies in Europe. He also headed development and performance of the T-Mobile shops in Europe.

T-Mobile USA Creates Senior B2B Role

T-Mobile USA appointed Drew Kelton to the newly created role of EVP of B2B. Most recently, he was president of Bharti Airtel Business in India. Through his leadership and creativity, he successfully revamped the company's strategy, product and service portfolio and returned Airtel Business to growth in an extraordinarily competitive market. Prior to Airtel Business, Kelton served as managing director for Telstra International, where he established the company as a thriving player in the Asia Pacific region. Frank Sickinger, SVP of B2B, will continue in his role, reporting to Kelton.

L-3 Communications Appoints Corporate Law Specialist to Board

L-3 Communications, the integrated space communications system provider, elected Vincent Pagano Jr., 62, a Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett attorney specializing in corporate law and former head of the firm’s capital markets practice, to the board. His legal career spanned 32 years at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, where he served as a partner since 1986 before retiring in 2012. He headed the firm's capital markets practice, including its public company advisory practice, from 1999 to 2012. During this time, he represented investment banks and public companies, including L-3, on mergers and acquisitions, financings, corporate governance and disclosure matters. He serves on the Engineering Council of Lehigh University and on the board of directors of Cheniere Energy Partners GP, the general partner of Cheniere Energy Partners, and Hovnanian Enterprises. He also serves on several community and charitable boards in New York. Prior to his legal career, he was a practicing engineer.

Time Warner Cable Appoints CFO and COO for Biz Services

Time Warner Cable named Arthur T. Minson, Jr. as EVP and CFO. Irene M. Esteves will be leaving the company. Minson rejoins Time Warner Cable from AOL, where he served since 2009 in a number of senior management roles, including COO and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Minson joined Time Warner Cable in 2006 as SVP of Finance and became EVP and Deputy CFO in 2007. Prior to that, he was SVP, Corporate Finance and Development at AOL, where he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions and corporate financial administration. He's also held senior finance positions at AMC Networks (formerly Rainbow Media Holdings ) and Time Warner. Minson began his career in the Audit Practice of Ernst & Young, where he became a CPA.

Philip G. Meeks will join the company as EVP and COO for Business Services. Meeks most recently served as SVP of Cox Business, where he led 3,500 employees in making it the fastest growing business unit in the enterprise. Before joining Cox in 2008, he was the co-founder and lead executive for a start-up company focused on enhancing the supply chain between technology vendors and value added resellers in the Internet security, data storage and VoIP markets. He served in various strategy, sales and account management roles during 20 years of service at MCI Telecommunications, including SVP of Sales Operations and SVP of Strategic Ventures and Alliances. He started his career at AT&T Information Systems/Southern Bell in 1979 and progressed through various sales and marketing leadership roles.

Plantronics Appoints Acting CEO as CEO Takes Temporary Medical Leave of Absence

Audio communications equipment company Plantronics named president and CEO Ken Kannappan, 51, will be taking a temporary medical leave of absence to address a treatable form of cancer, starting immediately. He is expected to be on leave for approximately four months. During this time, Ken will stay involved in directing the company to the extent practical. Plantronics CFO Pamela Strayer, 44, will serve as the acting CEO during Ken's absence. He will remain a member of the board of directors during his leave. Strayer joined Plantronics in 2012 as SVP and CFO. She is responsible for all aspects of the company's financial management in addition to managing the company's IT, legal and investor relations organizations.

Tellabs Sees Board and CFO Changes

Tellabs elected Vincent H. Tobkin, 61, chairman of the board, succeeding the retiring Michael J. Birck. Previously, Tobkin was a senior advisor, retired director and global telecom/technology practice leader at Bain & Co. General partner and a founder of Sierra Ventures 1984-1992. He was Partner and consultant with McKinsey and Company from 1976-1984. He is a Tellabs director since 2010 and was named lead director in 2012.

It also elected Alex Mashinsky, 43, managing director of Governing Dynamics and former CEO of Name.Space, a new member of the board. Mashinsky also serves on the Migo Software board.

EVP and CFO, Andrew B. Szafran, 46, has resigned from Tellabs, the equipment and service provider to communications-services providers. Prior to joining Tellabs, Szafran served as SVP and CFO at APAC Customer Services, a leading BPO (business process outsourcing) firm, since 2008. Szafran previously served as VP and CFO for Communications Supply Corp, a distributor of IP infrastructure products and solutions. He was SVP – finance for Alliant Foodservice (now U.S. Foodservice), and started his career at Chemical Banking Corporation (now JP Morgan Chase).

Thomas P. Minichiello, 54, Tellabs VP of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, will serve as acting CFO.. Minichiello previously served as acting CFO between 2011 to early 2012. He has been Tellabs' VP of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since 2007. Before that, he served as VP, Financial Operations. Previously, he held the positions of VP of Finance for Global Sales and Service, VP of Finance for North America, and Director of Finance for the Company's global product divisions and North American sales and marketing functions. He joined Tellabs in 2001 as Controller for optical networking products group.

8x8 Appoints Accomplished B2B Tech Sales Professional as VP, Inside Sales

8x8, communications technology company, named Ben Taft to the position of VP of Inside Sales. An accomplished B2B technology sales, marketing and business development executive with over 15 years experience, Taft most recently served as Senior Director, Global Sales Strategy & Transformation at Brocade where he constructed and managed the strategy for sales and customer engagement employed by a worldwide sales organization. Prior to that, as Sr. Director, Global Inside Sales at Brocade, Taft was responsible for building the company's global inside sales organization, including CRM systems, call center technology, sales training and best-in-practice sales and lead qualification processes. Before Brocade, Taft spent nearly ten years at Foundry Networks as VP Corporate Marketing & Alliances and Director, Global Sales & Field Operations.

Tessco Technologies Board Member to Retire

Daniel Okrent, 64, a member of the Board of Directors of Tessco Technologies, the wireless & mobile communications products company, will be retiring. He was the Edward R. Murrow Visiting Lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has previously been public editor of the New York Times and a senior executive at Time Inc., to which he remains a consultant. Okrent formerly served on the board of directors of Lands’ End, and is past chairman of the National Portrait Gallery, a division of the Smithsonian Institution.

Single Touch Systems Goes Through Board Changes

Single Touch Systems, a mobile media solutions provider, named James Nelson, 63, to its Board of Directors. He is a prominent business leader with significant experience as Director of numerous private and public companies. He has served as a Director of Icahn Enterprises G.P. since 2001, serves as a Director of one of Icahn Enterprises subsidiaries, Tropicana Entertainment; Take-Two Interactive Software and as Chairman of Voltari  (formerly Motricity ). He formerly served as Chairman and CEO of Eaglescliff, Chairman and CEO of Orbit Aviation, CEO and Co-Chairman of Orbitex Management, and Director of Orbitex Financial Services Group.

Concurrent with Nelson becoming a Director, Richard Siber, 49, is retiring from Single Touch's board after five years of serving as a Director to the Company.

Board Changes at MRV Communications

Glenn Tongue, 52, resigned from the Board of Directors of MRV Communications, the communications equipment and services company. Tongue has been a General Partner and Co-Manager of T2 Partners Management since 2004 and is the co-manager of three private investment partnerships: the Tilson Growth Fund, the Tilson Offshore Fund and the T2 Qualified Fund. Prior to joining T2 Partners, he spent 17 years working on Wall Street, most recently as an investment banker at UBS, where he was a Managing Director. Previously, he served as President of DLJdirect, a publicly traded online brokerage firm that was spun out of the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1999. He oversaw both DLJdirect's IPO and its eventual sale. Additionally, he was a Managing Director for 10 years in the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

MRV Communications appointed Mark J. Bonney, 59, as a Director. Bonney has over 35 years of experience holding various senior executive financial and operating positions in middle market high technology companies in the United States and he has a proven track record in increasing shareholder value. Bonney currently serves on the board of Sigma Designs, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions used to deliver entertainment and control throughout the home, Zix Corporation, the market leader in email encryption services, and is chairman of the Community Health Center, a not-for-profit health care organization.

Matthew Stecker, 44, has also been appointed as Director. Stecker has 20 years of experience with a deep background in the telecommunications and wireless industries and a successful track record in turnarounds, M&A and operations. Stecker currently serves as president, CEO and director of Livewire Mobile, a comprehensive end-to-end managed service solutions provider for network operators, consumer device manufacturers, media companies and content providers. He also serves on the board of, a retail mail-order pharmacy.

Mobile Integrated Systems Appoints CFO as CEO

Mobile Integrated Systems, the custom-tailored mobile solutions firm, appointed Abbas A. Damji as President and CEO. Damji has also been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors. At this time Emlyn J. David will resume his role as CFO. Prior to joining Mobile Integrated Systems, Damji was a Managing Director at Atlantic Lottery, one of Canada's leading lottery and gaming companies with over $1 Billion in sales. At Atlantic Lottery, he was responsible for equity investments and international expansions allowing the Lottery to diversify cash flows from exposure within domestic markets. Prior to Atlantic Lottery, he worked at Deloitte & Touche as a VP in the Financial Advisory Group where he advised both private equity and corporate clients on investment banking deals across a wide variety of sectors, including gaming, financial services, food and beverage, technology, media and entertainment.

Bitzio Sees CFO Changes

Robert W. Garnett, 64, resigned as CFO and Board Member of Bitzio, the mobile media and app development company. The company appointed Gordon McDougall, 56, as its Principal Accounting and Financial Officer. McDougall has been a member of the Board since 2011, and served as the President and CEO from 2011 to early 2012. From 2009 to the present, he has been the CEO and Founder of Tezi Advisory, a private company that partners with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Prior to founding Tezi Advisory, he was a director and CEO of Exterra Energy, an independent oil and gas company. From 2005 until 2006, he was the President and a Director of Wentworth Energy, and has also worked as a stockbroker and is experienced in raising capital, managing start-up companies and coaching companies through their initial growth.

Glu Mobile Promotes Long Timer as Global CTO

Kal Iyer was promoted to Global CTO at Glu Mobile, the leader in 3D Freemium mobile gaming. As SVP, Research & Development, Kal is responsible for Glu's product development, operations and IT organizations. With over 20 years of experience in product development and over 8 years at Glu, Kal was instrumental in putting together Glu’s core engineering organization and solidifying Glu’s position as a global leader in mobile gaming. Prior to joining Glu in 2003, Kal worked at Pumatech International where he architected and built the infrastructure for mobile browsing. Prior to Pumatech, Kal held senior consulting positions for Fortune 50 companies and building high performance enterprise systems.

Date Range: April 12th - May 24th

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