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Deutsche Telekom Confirms New CEO, CFO

Deutsche Telekom’s Chairman Rene Obermann has left. Obermann has worked at Deutsche Telekom for sixteen years, with eleven years as a member of the board of management and seven as its CEO. 

Timotheus Hottges, current CFO of Deutsche Telekom, succeeded him as CEO. Hottges 
has been with Deutsche Telekom since 2000 and joined the company as Finance Director of T-Mobile Germany, where he took over as chairman of the management board, before becoming chief sales and service officer for Deutsche Telekom's European mobile communications activities in 2004. He was appointed member of the group board of management responsible for the German fixed-line business in 2006 and was appointed CFO of Deutsche Telekom in 2009. 

Thomas Dannenfeldt, currently managing director, finance and controlling, will take over as CFO. 

Time Warner Cable Appoints HR Head

Time Warner Cable appointed Alan Lui as SVP of Human Resources. Previous to this appointment, Lui was SVP of Human Resources Centers of Expertise, where he oversaw talent acquisition, human resources operations and benefits, learning and development, as well as diversity and inclusion. He joined Time Warner Cable in 2011 as Group VP of Video Strategy, before which co-founded Nove Technologies, a start-up focused on applying high-temperature superconductor technology to electric power distribution.

Sprint Appoints Brightstar Founder to Board 

Sprint has appointed Marcelo Claure, founder, chairman, president and CEO of Brightstar, the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading provider of diversified services to the wireless industry, to board. Prior to launching Brightstar, Claure was active in the expansion of the U.S. telecom market through a number of entrepreneurial endeavours including serving as president of Cellular Solutions, a successful wireless retailer in the northeast U.S.

Nokia Solutions and Networks Exec Chairman to Step Down

Executive Chairman of the group's telecoms infrastructure business, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Jesper Ovesen, is stepping down. Ovesen joined NSN in 2011, when it was a joint venture between Nokia and Siemens. Since 2013, NSN has been fully-owned by Nokia. He is due to step down from his Executive Chairman role upon the closing of the transaction whereby Nokia is selling substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2014. Ovesen will continue to serve in an advisory role for a period after the closing of the Microsoft transaction. 

T-Mobile Taps Former Avon, Barnes & Noble Exec as New CIO

T-Mobile US has hired Gary King to serve as its CIO. King, who has worked at Avon and Barnes & Noble, has spent the past nine years at retailer Chico’s FAS, where he was also CIO.

Alcatel-Lucent Re-Appoints CMO

Alcatel-Lucent named Tim Krause as Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, Tim Krause served as SVP, in charge of the AT&T customer team. He led the development of its end-to-end offer in IP video and triple play. Krause has previously served as CMO of Alcatel-Lucent between mid-2008 and end of 2009. He has been a Director of Telecommunications Industry Association and served as a Director of 2Wire.

Harris Appoints Leader for Satellite and Terrestrial Communications Solutions Biz

Harris Corporation has named Tracey Haslam as President of its Harris CapRock Communications business. Most recently she was VP and general manager of Harris CapRock's energy business. She joined Harris from Honeywell, where she was VP, strategic markets for Honeywell Process Solutions.

BlackBerry Makes String of Senior Management Changes

BlackBerry named Ron Louks as President, Devices and Emerging Solutions. Louks joins BlackBerry from The OpenNMS Group, where he served as the CEO. Prior to that, Louks held many leadership positions over several decades in the technology industry, including as the Chief Strategy Officer of HTC America and the CTO at Sony Ericsson.

BlackBerry appointed John Sims as President, Global Enterprise Services. He joins from SAP, where he served as President of SAP's Mobile Services business. Before joining SAP, he held leadership positions at 724 Solutions, TANTAU Software, Intrado and Tandem Computers.

Eric Johnson, SVP and GM for SAP's Global Database and Technology, has joined BlackBerry as President, Global Sales. Prior to his most recent role, Eric was SVP and GM of Platform and Analytics Sales for North America at SAP, SVP and GM for North America, SVP and GM Europe, Middle East and Africa, and SVP and GM for Financial Services, at Sybase.

BlackBerry made two appointments that strengthen the Company's strategy, marketing and operations. James S. Mackey was appointed EVP for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, and Mark Wilson was named SVP of Marketing.

Before joining BlackBerry, Mackey served as SVP of Corporate Development at Open Text, as well as head of Corporate Development at SAP.

Wilson will join BlackBerry from Avaya, where as CMO he led the marketing transition to a customer-solutions orientation. He previously served as SVP of Corporate and Field Marketing at Sybase, and has extensive experience in marketing roles at AT&T and KPMG.

Frontier Communications Appoints SVP, Controller

Communications equipment and services company Frontier Communications apppoints Jennifer E. Lem as SVP and Controller and will serve as the company’s designated chief accounting officer. Most recently, Lem was Assistant Corporate Controller at International Flavors and Fragrances Corporation. Prior to that, she was Assistant Corporate Controller at Loews and held various financial positions with HLTH Corporation, Onsite Access, Meldisco, The Perrier Group of America, PepsiCo, Primerica and was a Senior Accountant with Ernst & Young (then Ernst & Whinney).

Date Range: December 17th 2013 - January 24th 2014

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