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Cisco Appoints CTO for Security Solutions Division from Newly Acquired India-based Company Pawaa Software

Cisco has announced its first acquisition in India by taking over Pawaa Software. Pawaa's founder Prakash Baskaran has been appointed as CTO for Cisco's security solutions division. As CEO of Pawaa, he was solving the most critical challenges of file security with an innovative key management and file container technology. Prior to Pawaa, Prakash was founder of five other startups in the areas of VoIP services, HR/CRM solutions and B2B marketplaces. He has several years of work experience in industry-leading organizations such as AT&T, Lucent and IBM.

Qualcomm Technologies Promotes Company Vet to EVP; Appoints Strategy Head

Qualcomm promoted Cristiano Amon has been promoted to EVP, Qualcomm Technologies. Amon joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer and has subsequently held numerous business and technical leadership roles. For the past three years, Amon has been responsible for Qualcomm's semiconductor business as co-president of QCT and a member of Qualcomm's executive committee. He also previously served as the Chief Technical Officer of Vsper and held positions in NEC, Ericsson and Velocom.

Brian Modoff joined the Company as EVP of Strategy, M&A and ventures. In his newly created role, Modoff will partner closely with the Executive Committee to help define Qualcomm's strategic direction and long-term vision and to ensure strong cohesion and alignment with all strategic planning efforts throughout the organization. Modoff most recently served as a Managing Director in Equity Research at Deutsche Bank Securities. With more than 20 years of experience in the communications sector, he has provided guidance and advice to many companies for IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital funding. Prior to working on Wall Street, he held various leadership positions at Rockwell and served in the US Navy.

Murthy Renduchintala, who has served as QCT co-president for the past three years, will be leaving Qualcomm.

Nokia and Alcatel-lucent To Combine; Appoints New Leadership Team

Nokia announced the leadership and organizational structure that it intends to implement after and subject to the successful closing of the public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities.

Mobile Networks (MN) would include Nokia's and Alcatel-Lucent's comprehensive Radio portfolios and the designated President of Mobile Networks would be Samih Elhage, who currently serves as EVP and Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Nokia Networks.

The President of Fixed Networks would be Federico Guillén, who currently serves as President of Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

President of Applications & Analytics would be Bhaskar Gorti, who currently serves as President of IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent.

The designated President of IP/Optical Networks would be Basil Alwan, who currently serves as President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent.

Timo Ihamuotila, currently EVP and Group CFO, Nokia, would serve as CFO.

Hans-Jürgen Bill, currently EVP, Human Resources, Nokia, would serve as CHRO.

Barry French, currently Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nokia, would serve as CMO and would oversee the Marketing & Corporate Affairs unit.

Maria Varsellona, currently EVP and Chief Legal Officer, Nokia, would serve as Chief Legal Officer.

Nokia has appointed Minna Aila as the VP of corporate affairs. Aila joins Nokia from Outotec where she was SVP, Marketing, Communications and Corporate Responsibility. Aila will be responsible for Nokia's Corporate Affairs, including Government Relations, Internal and External Communications and Corporate Responsibility.

Nokia hired Boon Lai to serve as CMO for its Nokia Technologies unit, the part of the company that plans to re-enter the phone business as soon as next year. Lai has been serving as chief marketing officer for Philips’ health and wellness business for phones, Nokia plans to help design the products, but will tap a partner to handle marketing, sales and distribution rather than rebuild the apparatus it sold to Microsoft.

Nokia has appointed Sandeep Girotra as its India head, overseeing customer operation for the Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent combine across the country. Girotra joined Nokia Networks in 1996 and has held a number of different roles in India, heading the region since 2011.

Nokia appointed Amr Karim El-Leithy as head of Middle East and Africa as part of the planned combination of company and Alcatel-Lucent, after and subject to the closing of the public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities announced on April 2015. El-Leithy is currently President for Middle East, Turkey and Africa for Alcatel-Lucent. He joined the company in 2009.

Nokia declared appointment of Mike Wang as head of Greater China after merging with Alcatel Lucent in charge of customer operation, implementing development strategy, assuring quality service to customers and focusing on innovation. The appointment depends on completion of the merger and talks with labor unions. Wang will lead transitive management teams of JVs in China.

Sprint Gets New Chief Procurement Officer; Corporate Strategy SVP Departs

Sprint has hired a Verizon regional president Mariano Legaz to be its new Chief Procurement Officer. Legaz has been Verizon's Florida regional president since July 2013.

Michael Schwartz, SVP, Corporate Strategy and Development of Sprint Corporation informed the Company of his decision to resign from the Company.

Motorola Solutions' Sales and Marketing EVP to Leave        

Mark F. Moon, EVP, Sales and Marketing will leave Motorola Solutions at the end of 2016 after a 30-year career. His responsibilities with respect to sales and marketing will be assumed by other members of the company’s management executive committee. Prior to his departure, Moon will work closely with the company’s management to ensure a smooth transition and to assist with special projects.

Juniper Networks Appoints CISO as Security CTO       

Juniper Networks appointed Kevin Walker as security CTO. Walker joins Juniper Networks with more than 25 years of experience in information security and technology, most recently serving as VP and assistant CISO at In his role, Walker will guide Juniper Development and Innovation in accelerating the company’s security product roadmap.

L-3 Communications Appoints Former Lockheed Martin COO in Similar Role

L-3 Communications announced that Christopher E. Kubasik will become the president and COO of L-3. Kubasik joins L-3 from the Seabury Advisory Group where he served as president and CEO for the past two years. Seabury is a professional services firm focused on the aviation, aerospace and defense markets. Prior to that, he was president and COO of Lockheed Martin.

F5 Networks Promotes EVP of Business Operations to COO

F5 Networks appointed Edward J. Eames as its EVP and COO. Prior to becoming the Company's COO, Eames served as the Company's EVP of Business Operations and as its VP of Professional Services. Eames served as VP of e-Business Services for IBM, and European Services Director and the Worldwide VP of Customer Service for Sequent Computer Systems, a manufacturer of high-end open systems.

Frontier Communications Appoints VP of Communications and Corporate Affairs from Praxair

Frontier Communications appointed Peter T. DePasquale as VP of communications and corporate affairs. DePasquale joins Frontier from Praxair, a global supplier of industrial gases and high performance surface coatings, where he served as director of Government and External Relations and was responsible for the company’s domestic public policy communications and positioning.

BlackBerry Appoints Former Canadian Public Servant to Board; Hires New MD for India

BlackBerry has appointed The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters, PC, 64, to the company's Board of Directors. From 2009 to 2014, he was the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada and held the roles of Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service. Prior to his tenure as Clerk, he was Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada and served in deputy ministerial and other senior positions in the Canadian public service.

BlackBerry has appointed Narendra Nayak as its new Managing Director in India. He joins BlackBerry from Linguanext Technologies, where he was responsible for growing the business in India and across South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Avaya Makes New Leadership Appointments

Business communications software vendor Avaya appointed Morag Lucey as CMO. She comes to Avaya from her position as CEO of VirtualCMO Limited, a marketing consulting firm focused on generating short term profitability and long term stability. Prior to her CEO role, Lucey held top marketing positions at BAE Systems, serving as CMO, and at Convergys, serving as SVP of Global Marketing and Product Management.

Avaya also appointed Steve Biondi as VP, Global Partner Organization. Prior to joining Avaya as global channel chief, Biondi served as SVP and global group executive of ISV and OEM Sales at Oracle. During his 25-year career he has also held senior leadership positions at Micro Focus, Allen Systems Group, VMware and IBM.

Avaya has appointed Hatem Hariri as MD for Africa in an effort to drive growth on the continent. Hariri was previously MD for North, West, East and Central Africa and he will report directly to Mohammed Areff, VP, Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Brocade Announces Series of Senior Management Moves        

Hadi Nahari has been named as new VP and security CTO by Brocade and it promoted David Meyer to Brocade Fellow. Both the hiring are entailed to assist the firm to expand its aim in key technology areas, including security and machine learning. Before becoming part of Brocade, Nahari was working as chief security architect of mobile and software platforms at NVidia where he initiated Trusted Little Kernel, the foundation for Android Trusty.

Meyer joined Brocade in 2012 as chief scientist and service provider CTO. Prior to joining Brocade, Meyer spent 12 years at Cisco Systems as a distinguished engineer.

Brocade also announced that Pete Peterson has joined the company as VP of Worldwide Channel Sales to manage its go-to-market ecosystem of channel and distribution partners. Peterson brings more than 30 years of sales and leadership experience to Brocade, including 20 years working in various senior management positions at Tech Data Corporation. Most recently, he was SVP of Global Business Development where he was responsible for new vendor partner acquisitions and diversification opportunities at Tech Data.

Mitel Bolsters Geographic Leadership

Mitel has appointed new leadership in Asia, naming Henry Lu and Sean Foo as VPs. Lu recently served as GM of sales for JDS China. Foo comes to Mitel with more than 20 years of telecom industry experience, primarily focused on unified communications and collaboration, specializing in solving complex customer challenges with advanced technology. Before joining Mitel, he led sales and business development efforts at Avaya and ShoreTel.

Mitel hired Wolfram Fischer as SVP for EMEA. Prior to joining the company, Fischer was at Aruba Networks EMEA and managed EMEA and APAC for Siemens Enterprise Communications.

The company has also appointed Christian Fron as VP of for the DACH region having previously been Managing Director of DeTeWe.

Ruckus Wireless SVP Joins Board While Retiring from Executive Duties      

Ruckus Wireless announced that Bart Burstein retired from his position of SVP, strategy and corporate development, and joined its Board of Directors. While Burstein is leaving his full time position with Ruckus to pursue new interests, he remains committed to the success and growth of Ruckus by serving on its board.

Infoblox Hires New Marketing Chief from Actian

Infoblox, the provider of network control, network automation and domain name system (DNS) security through appliance-based solutions, appointed Ashish Gupta as EVP and CMO. Gupta is responsible for the strategic direction of Infoblox's global corporate and product marketing organization.Gupta joins Infoblox from Actian, where he was CMO and SVP of business development.

ADTRAN Gets New CFO from Steel Technologies

Telecom networking equipment and internetworking products company ADTRAN appointed Roger D. Shannon as SVP of finance and CFO replacing Michael Foliano, who served on an interim basis. Shannon previously served as CFO and treasurer, and as principal accounting officer at Steel Technologies. Foliano will remain in his role as SVP of global operations.

ShoreTel Appoints New Board Member with Institutional Portfolio Manager Perspective

ShoreTel appointed Josef Vejvoda to its board of directors. Vejvoda has served as a portfolio manager of K2 & Associates Investment Management since August 2013 and as president of Jove Capital since 2004. Previously, he was a MD, corporate finance of MGI Securities. Earlier in his career he held senior roles and other positions at Merrill Lynch Canada, Bank of Montreal, National Bank Financial and TD Securities. In these roles, Vejvoda invested in and provided strategic advisory services to a number of technology companies.

Brightstar Appoints Former Orange Exec as Regional Leader

Benoit Scheen has joined as President of Brightstar’s Europe, Middle East, Turkey and Africa region. Scheen served as EVP of Europe for Orange. Scheen was also a member of the executive committee of the Orange Group, responsible for all the Orange subsidiaries across Europe, excluding France.

Scheen replaces Bela Lainck, who was promoted to lead Brightstar’s Global Services organization responsible for aligning all Brightstar solutions across the entire mobile device lifecycle.

Date Range: October 2nd - November 20th

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