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Apple VP, Worldwide Corporate Communications Katie Cotton to Retire

After 18-year tenure at Apple, Katie Cotton, the company's VP of worldwide corporate communications, will be leaving. She’s long been among the company’s most powerful executives and played a key role in shaping the mystique and exclusivity surrounding the Apple brand. Cotton has played a role in some of the most buzzed-about product launches in technology (iPod, iPhone, iPad).

Qualcomm Taps Unilever COO as New Board Member 

Qualcomm appointed Harish Manwani, the current COO at Unilver Plc, as a new board member. In 2005, he joined the Unilever Executive team as President, Asia Africa. Before that, he was president and CEO of the HPC North America business group; President, Home and Personal Care, Latin America business group; moved to the UK as SVP, Global Hair Care and Oral Care. He joined Hindustan Lever (HLL) in 1976. He is also non-executive chairman of Hindustan Lever and sits on the boards of Indian School of Business, Whirlpool and Pearson.

Ericsson Appoints Heads of New Business Units

Ericsson appointed heads of new business units, business unit Radio and business unit Cloud & IP. The two units are formed by a split of the current business unit Networks in a move to accelerate transformation and support growth. Arun Bansal, currently Head of Ericsson's region South East Asia & Oceania, is appointed SVP and Head of Business Unit Radio. Bansal has successfully applied his skills in technology and business across a number of markets and functions during his close to 20 years in Ericsson.

Anders Lindblad, currently Head of Ericsson's region Middle East, is appointed SVP and Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP. In his international career Lindblad has held a variety of positions in business development and commercial operation across countries and regions during his 17 years with Ericsson.

Motorola Solutions Sees HR and Regional Leadership Changes

Michele A. Carlin, SVP, Human Resources and Communications, resigned from her position as an officer of Motorola Solutions to become EVP of the Center on Executive Compensation and the HR Policy Association. Christopher P. Ouimet will assume responsibility for human resources, and will be named Corporate VP and Acting Head of Human Resources.

Regional VP of Strategic Sales, Mark Paul, has left the company to join omnichannel solutions provider Starmount. With over 25 years of retail technology experience, Paul has extensive expertise in mobile computing and consultative technology solution sales.

Level 3 Communications Names Retired 4-Star Admiral and Long-Time Board Member as New Chairman; Appoints CAO and Secretary

Newly appointed Chairman James O. Ellis Jr., 66, has been a member of the Board since 2005. Since November 2013, he has served as an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Prior, he was the president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, and served as commander in chief of U.S. naval forces in Europe and as commander in chief of Allied forces in southern Europe. He retired with the rank of Admiral from the U.S. Navy after 35 years of service. Additionally, Ellis is a member of the Board of Lockheed Martin and Dominion Resources.

Laurinda Y. Pang has been named EVP, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), to succeed Thomas C. Stortz, who will be retiring. John M. Ryan, EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Assistant Secretary for Level 3, will succeed Stortz as the company's secretary. Pang, who most recently served as the CHRO, has been with Level 3 and its predecessor companies since 1994. Prior to leading the company's strategic people initiatives, she served as VP of Customer Experience Re-Engineering, VP of Investor Relations and in other leadership roles in sales, operations and marketing.

Alcatel-Lucent Hires Italy CEO from Huawei

Huawei Technologies’ VP, Western Europe, Roberto Loiola, 49, has joined Alcatel-Lucent to lead its Italian unit. Loiola will be CEO and managing director for Italy. Loiola held a previous executive position at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Former IBM Exec Joins Frontier’s Finance Team

Frontier Communications appointed John P. Gianukakis as VP and Treasurer. Most recently Gianukakis was SVP Finance and Treasurer of Castleton Commodities International, a merchant energy trading and asset operator formerly part of the Louis Dreyfus Commodities Group. He worked at IBM as VP Finance and Assistant Treasurer and Director, Business Development for IBM Global Services. His earlier experience includes positions at AIG Trading Group, ContiChem Oil Trading and Phibro Energy Corporation.

BlackBerry Board Member to Step Down; SVP and North America Managing Director Leaves 

Bert Nordberg, 56, a veteran of the telecommunications industry from Sweden, who was appointed to the board in 2013, is leaving BlackBerry. Nordberg was CEO of phone maker Sony Ericsson and took part in the process of selling Ericsson's stake in the joint-venture back to Sony in 2011. Nordberg is the chairman of Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems, where he oversaw thousands of job cuts and replaced the company's senior management, including the company's CEO.

BlackBerry’s SVP and North America Managing Director, Andrew MacLeod, has left the company. Postmedia Network appointed MacLeod to the position of EVP and Chief Commercial Officer.

InterDigital Appoints Former SAP Director of Congressional Affairs To Lead Government Relations

Robert Stien is joining the company in the newly created position of VP, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs at InterDigital, the company that develops wireless technologies for mobile devices, networks, and services worldwide. Most recently, he served as VP and General Counsel for Artemis Strategies. Prior to Artemis, Stien was Director of Congressional Affairs for SAP America. From 2001 to 2005, Stien served as a counsel to Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), a senior member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Polycom Goes Through Several Senior Executive Changes 

Polycom, the company that develops video, voice and content collaboration and communication technology, made a series of executive appointments. Interim CFO Laura Durr has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. For the past nine years, Durr has served as Polycom's principal accounting officer, a role that will remain part of her new position as Polycom's CFO. Prior to joining Polycom, Durr held executive positions in Finance and Administration at QuickSilver Technology, C Speed Corporation and Lucent Technologies. She spent six years at Price Waterhouse and is a certified public accountant.

Michael Frendo is joining the company as EVP of Worldwide Engineering. Frendo will assume responsibility from A.E. Natarajan, who will be leaving Polycom. Prior to joining Polycom, Frendo was the SVP of Architecture at Infinera. At Avaya, he was General Manager of the Unified Communications Solutions Business Unit, responsible for integrating Nortel's Enterprise Solutions Business into Avaya's portfolio of solutions. He also held various leadership roles at Juniper Networks, McDATA and Cisco, where he was VP for Systems and Software Engineering in the Voice Technology Group.

Mark Arman has joined the company as VP of Worldwide Channel Sales. Prior to his most recent role as a leader in L.E.K. Consulting’s Technology and Sales Force Optimization practices, he held various sales and channel-focused leadership positions at ShoreTel, most recently as VP of International Sales and Worldwide Distribution.

Samsung Hires Former Leaders of BlackBerry, Disney, Nokia

Samsung Telecommunications America hired Robin Bienfait, who was BlackBerry’s CIO until the end of 2012. The hiring is part of the company’s push into selling devices to governments and businesses.

Samsung has also hired John Pleasants, who left Walt Disney’s interactive-media unit in 2013. Pleasants, a former CEO of Ticketmaster and COO at Electronic Arts, will lead Samsung’s U.S. content and services strategy, focusing on existing offerings.

Meanwhile, Mark Louison, a former president of Nokia’s U.S. operations, was named SVP of Samsung’s wireless-network systems, charged with building market share in the U.S. wireless-network industry. Louison, who was also previously responsible for selling Nokia’s network equipment in North America, left in February 2011. He most recently worked at the Boston Consulting Group.

Date Range: May 4th - June 11th

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