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Samsung Hires Executives to Run U.S. Marketing across Product Lines

Samsung Electronics has hired two executives to run U.S. marketing from a new office in New York. Former Unilever marketing head Marc Mathieu will serve as Chief Marketing Officer and former Creative Artists Agency executive Jesse Coulter will serve as Chief Creative Officer. In the past, Samsung ran separate operations for its mobile, entertainment and appliance units, but the company has been in the process of unifying many of its U.S. businesses.

Cisco’s Announces New Leadership Team with Incoming CEO; Long Time Leaders Transition Out

Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior will be leaving in September following a few months as a strategic adviser. She is said to be exploring some jobs either as a CEO or as the managing partner of a venture capital firm.

Co-Presidents Rob Lloyd and Gary Moore have resigned. Lloyd, president of development and sales, and Moore, president and COO, were tabbed for those posts two-and-a-half years ago by outgoing CEO John Chambers to better align product development and sales, and to streamline company operations.

Wim Elfrink, EVP for industry solutions and Chief Globalization Officer, will retire in July. He opened Cisco’s second global headquarters in Bangalore, India, and helped define the vision for the next wave of the Internet - the Internet of Everything.

Hilton Romanski, currently head of Cisco’s M&A operation as well as its $2 billion investment portfolios, will be taking over Warrior’s dual roles as CTO and Chief Strategy Officer. He has 20 years of experience investing in and acquiring private and public companies around the world and has been responsible for over $20 billion in acquisitions in 40 deals, including Meraki, Sourcefire and Airespace.

Edzard Overbeek, SVP of Services, will become a strategic adviser for one year. Joe Cozzolino, the current head of Cisco’s service provider mobility and video infrastructure businesses units, will take over in that role.

Ruba Borno, head of the media and telecommunications group at the Boston Consulting Group, will be joining Cisco as chief of staff. For the past seven years, Borno has specialized in advising technology executives on corporate growth and transformation strategies.

Chris Dedicoat, a 20-year Cisco veteran and currently SVP for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Russia, will take over as SVP for worldwide sales the role that Robbins held before being named CEO. Dedicoat joined Cisco in 1995.

Pankaj Patel was named EVP and chief development officer. He’ll remain in charge of Cisco’s 25,000-strong army of engineers as well as its $36 billion technology portfolio.

Cisco CIO Rebecca Jacoby will be SVP of operations. She’ll be in charge of Cisco’s supply chain, business services, security and internal IT. Guillermo Diaz, a SVP for IT, will replace Jacoby as CIO and will report up to her.

Karen Walker was named Chief Marketing Officer, replacing Blair Christie, who has been on a leave of absence. She previously ran Cisco’s go-to-market operations. She joined Cisco from Hewlett-Packard in 2009.

Mark Chandler, a 19-year veteran of Cisco’s legal team, was named SVP and general counsel. Recognized by industry publications such as The National Law Journal and American Lawyer as one of the most influential and innovative lawyers in the profession, Chandler brings 19 years of experience leading Cisco’s legal, employee relations, ethics, investigations and brand protection experts to his new role.

Francine Katsoudas, current head of Cisco’s human resources operation, was named as chief people officer. Katsoudas is the architect of Cisco’s people strategy since 2014.

Kelly Kramer, who replaced Frank Calderoni as CFO a few months ago, will remain in that role.

Qualcomm Sees Changes in China Leadership Team

Qualcomm appointed Frank Meng as chairman of Qualcomm China and the announced departure of Xiang Wang, SVP and president of Qualcomm Greater China.

Meng has 30 years of telecommunications experience, eight of those with Qualcomm, which included serving as SVP and president of Qualcomm Greater China. Most recently, Meng was President of 21Vianet Group in Beijing, where he was responsible for strategic planning, branding and marketing, government affairs and strategic initiatives. Prior to 21Vianet Group, he was with Motorola Mobility in Beijing where he served as SVP and president of Greater China.

Xiang Wang has left the company to join as SVP of Strategic Cooperation at Xiaomi.

Time Warner Cable Appoints Interim Co-CFOs

Arthur T. Minson, Jr., 43, resigns from his position as EVP and CFO of Time Warner Cable. William F. Osbourn, Jr., 50, SVP, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of the Company, and Matthew Siegel, 52, SVP and Treasurer of the Company, will serve as the Company's acting co-CFOs, in addition to their current titles and responsibilities.

Prior to his cuurent role, Osbourn was VP of Technical Accounting of the Company, and Executive Director for External Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy at Time Warner. Before joining Time Warner, he spent 14 years at PwC in roles of increasing responsibility and was admitted to partnership in 2000.

Earlier, Siegel served as VP and Assistant Treasurer of Time Warner, and prior to that, SVP of Finance and Treasurer of Insight Communications, a multi-system cable operator based in New York with operations in the Midwest (acquired by Time Warner Cable in 2012).

Sprint Appoints Bell Media President as Marketing Chief

Kevin Crull will join Sprint as Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, Crull served nearly five years as COO and then President of Bell Media, Canada’s largest media and broadcasting company. At Bell, Crull led the acquisition of CTV Globemedia in late 2010, creating the foundation for Bell Media. Following that he led the acquisition and integration of Astral Media in 2012 and 2013. Prior to Bell Media, Crull served as president of the Bell Residential Services organization, led consumer and small-business sales and marketing at AT&T, and was SVP and GM of AT&T’s wireless initiatives.

L-3 Communications Appoints New Leader for the Aerospace Systems Segment

John C. McNellis, SVP and President of L-3 Aerospace Systems, is retiring. Mark Von Schwarz, 55, was appointed SVP and President of the Company's Aerospace Systems segment. Prior to this position, Von Schwarz, a 15-year veteran of L-3, served as the president of the ISR and Aircraft Systems sector and Mission Integration division (MID) of L-3 Aerospace Systems.

General Cable’s CEO Retires; Hires New CEO from TPC Group

Fortune 500 wire and cable products company General Cable hired Michael T. McDonnell, 58, as President, CEO and Director. McDonnell, who was previously Chairman, President and CEO at TPC Group, will succeed Gregory B. Kenny, who has led the Company since 2001 as President and CEO. Kenny will retire, but will remain available to McDonnell and to the Board in an advisory capacity through year-end. John E. Welsh, III will remain Chairman of the Board.

Prior to joining TPC Group in 2011, McDonnell was President, CEO and Executive Director of Pregis Corporation, a leading global specialty packaging and hospital supply products company with 47 facilities in 18 countries.

Former Jive Software and Cisco Exec Joins 8x8 as Engineering VP

8x8, the cloud-based business communications solutions firm, named Jared Smith-Mickelson to the position of VP of Engineering. Prior to joining 8x8, he worked five years as VP of Engineering at Jive Software, and held several senior manager roles at Cisco’s Data Center Application Services business unit and Wide Area Application Services business unit. He began his Silicon Valley career with an Accel Partners’ backed startup, Reactivity, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007.

Inteliquent Appoints Former Sprint Exec as CEO

Inteliquent (formerly Neutral Tandem), the provider of voice, data, IP Transit, Ethernet and hosted services, appointed Matthew Carter, Jr., 53, as President and CEO. He replaces G. Edward Evans, 53. Evans formerly served as CEO of Stelera Wireless (and continues to serve as its Chairman), a leader in deploying broadband services to rural markets throughout the United States. Previously, he was CEO and Chairman of Syniverse Holdings.

Prior to joining Inteliquent, Carter served in various roles at Sprint. From 2010 until November 2014, Carter served as President of Sprint’s Enterprise, Emerging and Wholesale Solutions BU. Prior to that, he was president of Boost Mobile, part of Sprint's prepaid group, and SVP of Base Management. Prior to joining Sprint, he served in senior marketing roles at PNC Financial Services Group, Leap Wireless International, Royal Bank of Canada and BellSouth Corporation. 

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