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Apple Announces Multiple Leadership Changes

Apple announced that Jeff Williams has been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as SVP for Hardware Technologies. Phil Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing, will expand his role to include leadership of the revolutionary App Store across all Apple platforms. Apple also announced that Tor Myhren will join Apple in the first calendar quarter of 2016 as VP of Marketing Communications, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. 

Williams joined Apple in 1998 as head of worldwide procurement and in 2004 he was named VP of Operations. Jeff played a key role in Apple's entry into the mobile phone market with the launch of iPhone, and he continues to supervise development of Apple's first wearable product, Apple Watch.

Srouji joined Apple in 2008 to lead development of the A4, the first Apple-designed system on a chip.

Tor Myhren joins Apple from Grey Group, where he has served as chief creative officer and president of Grey New York. Under his leadership, Grey was named Adweek's Global Agency of the Year for both 2013 and 2015.

Myhren will succeed Hiroki Asai, who earlier announced plans to retire after 18 years in graphic design and marketing communications roles at Apple.

Samsung Names New President of Mobile Business

Samsung appointed a new mobile president at Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years after growth stalled at the smartphone maker. The Samsung Group conglomerate said that Koh Dongjin was promoted to president. He will replace Shin Jong-kyun as the head of the mobile business at its company Samsung Electronics starting next year. Koh, an engineer, was an EVP leading mobile research and development. Shin became the head of mobile in 2010.

The management change comes as Lee Jae-yong, the only son of ailing Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, takes a bigger role in Samsung after his father suffered a heart attack in May 2014. Shin will step away from day-to-day operations and focus on long-term strategies. He keeps his title of CEO of the IT and mobile division that encompasses phone, network and computer businesses.

Nokia Appoints Head of Asia South as Part of Planned Combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent

Nokia announced that Nicolas Bouverot will become the head of Asia South as part of the planned combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent. Bouverot will manage and oversee the combined company's customer operations across Asia South which includes Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka. He is currently the Head of Japan at Alcatel-Lucent. He will report to Paul Tyler, Head of Asia-Pacific and Japan at Nokia.

Motorola Solutions Senior Sales Exec Leaves

Robert C. Schassler, 51, EVP, International Sales & Services and Global Managed & Support Services, resigned from his position as an officer of Motorola Solutions, to take a position with another company. His responsibilities with respect to sales and services will be assumed by other members of the company's management executive committee.

Ericsson Promotes ANZ Leader to Head Strategy for Region South East Asia and Oceania

Ericsson recently named Håkan Eriksson as head of Strategy for Region South East Asia (SEA) and Oceania. He brings enormous knowledge and experience to this role, from his most recent position as Head of Australia and New Zealand, and his years as the Ericsson Group CTO and president of Ericsson Silicon Valley.

Frontier Communications Appoints Lead Director as Chairman; Separates Chair/CEO Roles

Frontier Communications announced its planned succession in the leadership of its Board of Directors. Maggie Wilderotter, the company’s CEO for ten and one-half years and its executive chairman since April 2015, will be succeeded as chairman by Pamela D. A. Reeve. Reeve joined the Frontier Communications Board in 2010 and currently serves as Lead Director. During her 15 year tenure at Lightbridge, Reeve held executive positions including president and CEO.

BlackBerry’s Head of Enterprise Software and Services Sales Leaves Company

Eric Johnson, the executive in charge of BlackBerry’s enterprise software and services sales to government and business customers, has left the smartphone maker.

VMware’s SVP, Finance Joins Infoblox as CFO

Infoblox, the provider of network control, network automation and domain name system (DNS) security though appliance-based solutions, has appointed Janesh Moorjani as EVP and CFO. Moorjani most recently served as SVP of finance at VMware.

Date Range: November 21st, 2015 - January 6th, 2016

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She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.

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