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Cisco to Go Through CFO Change Early Next Year

Cisco’s EVP and CFO Frank Calderoni, 57, is stepping down from his role early next year, after six years on the job. Calderoni joined Cisco from QLogic in 2004, initially serving as SVP for customer solutions finance. In QLogic he served as VP and CFO, and before that he was CFO and SVP of Finance and Administration of SanDisk. Earlier, he served as a VP of Finance and Operations of Global Small Business of IBM, spending 21 years at the company.

Kelly A. Kramer, 46, the company’s SVP, Corporate Finance, will replace him. Kramer joined Cisco in early 2012 from over 20 years with General Electric. Most recently Kramer was VP and CFO of GE's Healthcare Systems business.  Prior to that, Kramer had other CFO roles including CFO of GE Healthcare Biosciences, a division in Life Sciences and Molecular Diagnostics.  Kramer also held various leadership positions within GE's Corporate Headquarters, Transportation Systems and Aerospace divisions.

Sprint Goes Through Series of Board and Management Changes

Sprint announced that Nikesh Arora, 46, has joined the company’s board. Arora has been CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, and vice chairman of SoftBank Corp. since October 2014. He served as the chief business officer and SVP of Google before that. Since 2004 he held several executive positions at Google and served as Senior Advisor of Value Creation at Silver Lake Partners since 2007. He also served as the chief marketing officer and a member of the management board of T-Mobile Europe.

Meanwhile, Sprint announced that several longtime executives will be leaving the company, including CMO Jeff Hallock, enterprise chief Matt Carter and communications director Bill White.

Jeff Hallock, who has been part of Sprint’s marketing department since 1999, made a personal decision to leave the company. Hallock will remain in charge of daily marketing operations until a successor is named.

Sprint appointed Douglas Michelman, former head of corporate communications for Visa, as SVP of corporate communications to replace communications director Bill White who will leave the carrier at the end of the year after 32 years with the company. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at public relations firm FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner.

Carter had been with Sprint since late 2006 and had served in a variety of roles, including president of the Boost Mobile prepaid unit, head of Sprint's 4G WiMAX business, president of emerging and global wholesale solutions and most recently as the head of Sprint's B2B business.

Sprint is creating a new role called Chief Experience Officer, which will be filled by longtime Sprint executive Bob Johnson. Johnson will continue oversight of the carrier's customer care and IT groups.

Frank Boyer, a former Cingular Wireless executive, was named as Chief Procurement Officer, to evaluate where the company spends every dollar and look for ways to improve the cost structure.

Sprint appointed Junichi Miyakawa from Sprint's owner, SoftBank, into a newly created position of Technical Chief Operating Officer. Miyakawa will relocate to Sprint's headquarters in Kansas from Japan and oversee the company's current network chiefs John Saw and Stephen Bye.

Sprint will now have four key business units: postpaid and general business; prepaid services; enterprise solutions and Hispanic/multi-cultural. Sprint executive Jaime Jones has been promoted to lead the postpaid units, which will focus on consumer and general business sales, including company stores, dealers, national retailers, telesales and online sales.

Dow Draper is staying on as president of prepaid but will also now manage wholesale. Karen Freitag, a VP, will continue to lead the wholesale organization. Sprint just created the Hispanic/multi-cultural, which is meant to capitalize on demographic trends showing faster population growth among minorities.

BlackBerry Taps SAP's Telecom Business Unit GM as SVP, Global Carrier Sales

BlackBerry named Howard Stevens as Senior Vice President of Global Carrier Sales. Stevens most recently served as general manager of the Global Telecom business unit at SAP. He also held sales leadership roles at Amdocs, Vallent, and Chernikeeff Networks, the first Cisco Systems reseller in the U.K. He also has a strong track record for revenue and margin growth, leading large organizations as well as building sales teams and processes in entrepreneurial start-up environments.

Date Range: November 15th - December 17th

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