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Apple’s Car Project Leader Is Leaving; Makes New Leadership Appointments

Steve Zadesky, the veteran Apple executive overseeing the company’s electric car project is leaving. Zadesky, a former Ford Motor engineer who has overseen the car project for the last two years, and who tripled the size of Apple’s automotive team, is leaving the company for personal reasons. Zadesky spent nearly 17 years at Apple, where he built and led the teams for the first iPod, first iPhone, all subsequent iPhones and iPods and hundreds of Apple accessories.

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.

Qualcomm Adds Former Cardinal Health CFO as Director

Qualcomm appointed Jeffrey W. Henderson to its Board of Directors. Henderson has been an Advisory Director to Berkshire Partners, a private equity firm, since September 2015. He served as CFO of Cardinal Health from 2005 to 2014. Prior to that, he held multiple positions at Eli Lilly and General Motors, including serving as President and GM of Eli Lilly Canada, Controller and Treasurer of Eli Lilly and in management positions with General Motors in Great Britain, Singapore, Canada and the U.S.

BT Group Appoints CEO of BT Technology, Service and Operations and Group CIO

BT Group has appointed Howard Watson as the CEO of BT Technology, Service and Operations and Group CIO. Watson is currently BT Chief Architect and MD Global IT Platforms, and will replace Clive Selley, who is taking over as CEO of Openreach. BT TSO manages the company's internal and external platforms, including TV, Mobile and Conferencing, as well as BT's R&D unit at Adastral Park, Suffolk.    

Nokia Announces Changes to the Board and Group Leadership Team Following Alcatel Deal

Nokia confirms the composition of the Board of Directors and the new Group Leadership Team following the successful public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities. The new members of the Board of Directors are Louis R. Hughes, Jean C. Monty and Olivier Piou. Elizabeth Doherty, 58, who was a member of the Board of Directors until the successful closing of the exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent securities, has stepped down from the Board of Directors.

As previously announced, Risto Siilasmaa continues as the Chairman of the Board. In the Board of Directors' assembly meeting, the Board of Directors elected Olivier Piou as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Louis R. Hughes, 66, was President & COO of Lockheed Martin in 2000, EVP of General Motors Corporation 1992–2000, President of General Motors International Operations 1992–1998, and President of General Motors Europe 1992–1994.

Jean C. Monty, 68, was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bell Canada Enterprises until 2002. He was President and CEO of Nortel Networks Corporation beginning in 1993.

Olivier Piou, 57, is CEO and Director of Gemalto since 2006. He was CEO of Axalto from 2004 to 2006.

New Appointments to the senior-most leadership team are:

Federico Guillén named President of Fixed Networks. He was previously President of Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent. He joined Nokia in 2016.

Basil Alwan, President of IP/Optical Networks, was previously President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent. He joined Nokia in 2016.

President of IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent, Bhaskar Gorti, named President of Applications & Analytics of Nokia.

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.

Nokia Technologies appointed Brad Rodrigues as VP, Strategy and BD. Rodrigues will oversee global business development across all Nokia Technologies business units and regions, and will also be responsible for the company's long-term strategy and leading strategic initiatives and projects. Prior to joining Nokia Technologies, Rodrigues was SVP of Sales and Marketing for DxO.                             

Ericsson Accelerates IoT Platform; Appoints New Heads of Customer Units in Middle East and East Africa

Ericsson announced an initiative to accelerate the development of Internet of Things (IoT) by establishing a platform for licensing of standardized technology to device manufacturers, spanning from autonomous cars to irrigation sensors. The new platform will be headed by Kasim Alfalahi, who will leave his current role as Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Head of IPR & Licensing at Ericsson.

Ericsson has appointed three new heads of customer units in Middle East and East Africa to strengthen its market position and accelerate growth.

Helene Henriksson has been named the new head of Customer Unit Egypt, succeeding Isil Yalcin, who previously held the role of head of Customer Unit North East Africa. Since she first joined Ericsson's Swedish headquarters in 1993, Henriksson has held several different positions within the company spanning Europe, the US and Asia.

Mathias Johansson is the new head of Customer Unit East Africa covering Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia. He has over 18 years of international experience in business consulting, product management, business development and sales.

Additionally, Petter Järtby has been named Ericsson’s head of Global Customer Unit Etisalat. Järtby brings his broad managerial experience, having held various leadership positions since he joined Ericsson in 1996, to his new role. Over the last 20 years he has held various positions in the company including VP and head of risk management, VP and head of strategic business investments, and VP and head of business operations in data networks, amongst others.

Juniper Networks Executes CFO Succession Plans                      

Networking products company Juniper Networks announced that Robyn Denholm notified the company of her intention to resign as chief financial and operations officer, and is expected to remain at the company over the next several months to help facilitate a smooth transition. Based on the company's succession planning, the company announced its plans to appoint Ken Miller, the company's SVP, finance, to succeed Denholm as CFO.

F5 Networks Hires CISO from CrowdStrike; Appoints Regional Sales VP

F5 Networks announced the hire of Mike Convertino to lead its Information Security team. As the company’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Convertino’s first priority is the continued protection of company and customer assets and data. Prior to joining F5, Convertino was previously the CISO at CrowdStrike, and senior director of network security at Microsoft.

F5 Networks also appointed Vishal Singh as Regional VP for Sales for the ASEAN region. Based in Singapore, Vishal will be responsible for charting the company's revenue growth and penetrating new markets. He joins F5 with over twenty years of experience, having held senior sales roles with technology industry players like Oracle and Microsoft. Most recently, he was VP, Sales (Network & Software) in ASEAN and ANZ for Oracle Communications Global Business Unit.

Nuance Appoints Mobile Division EVP/GM

Nuance Communications has appointed Bob Schassler as its EVP and GM of the Mobile division.  Schassler joins Nuance as Mike Thompson, the division's veteran EVP and GM, has decided to pursue interests outside of the company. Schassler comes to Nuance from Motorola where as EVP and GM.

HTC Promotes US Execs

HTC promoted Jason Mackenzie to global EVP and André Lönne, his successor as President of HTC Americas. The promotions come as HTC expands its businesses beyond traditional smartphones into new innovative opportunities like virtual reality and IOT. In Mackenzie's new role, he will report to the CEO and help build and lead new strategic partnerships while strengthening existing ones. As a founding member of HTC America, Mackenzie built a respected team and customer-first culture that helped HTC gain many industry firsts in the Americas, including the first 4G smartphone at every major US mobile operator.

André Lönne succeeds Mackenzie as president of HTC America and will oversee the company's business operations across the Americas, which includes the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Lönne has held several leadership roles at HTC, including country manager of Germany, and VP of sales for HTC EMEA and, most recently, of HTC America.         

Infinera Sees Board Changes; Appoints Divisional Leader

Infinera, which provides optical transport networking equipment, software and services to Tier 1 and Tier 2 telecommunications service providers, appointed John Daane to its board. Daane served as the president, CEO and board member of Altera, a semiconductor company focused on programmable networking chips, from November 2000 through Altera's acquisition by Intel in December 2015. Prior to joining Altera, he spent 15 years at LSI Logic, most recently as EVP of the Communications Products Divisions.

James Dolce has resigned from the board of directors of Infinera. This resignation avoids potential conflicts of interest for Dolce, also a member of Juniper Networks' Board of Directors, following the announcement that Juniper has acquired BTI Systems.

Scott Jackson is new VP, responsible for overseeing the Infinera Subsea Business Group.  Jackson most recently, served as chief technical officer for 4D Security Solutions. Jackson's experience includes 18 years at Bell Labs Submarine Systems, later Tyco Undersea Systems, where as a managing director, he led development of undersea repeaters and later undersea terminal equipment.

Lumentum Holdings Announces Executive Appointments

Lumentum Holdings, the provider of optical and photonic products for telecom networking, promoted two senior executives to new leadership positions. Jason Reinhardt has been promoted to EVP, Global Sales and Product Line Management, and Vince Retort has been promoted to EVP and COO.

In his expanded role, Reinhardt will direct both the global sales and product line management teams. His focus will be to establish even deeper partnerships with customers while understanding and anticipating their future needs, and mapping a path to enable them to win in the marketplace.

Retort, in his new role, will lead the research & development and operations functions. He will focus on synergies and efficiencies that drive faster time-to-market and time-to-volume, and will further align the company's product development and manufacturing processes to meet customers’ needs.

Viavi Solutions Appoints Senior Advisor of Silver Lake Partners as President and CEO

Viavi Solutions, formerly JDS Uniphase, announced that Richard Belluzzo would step down from his role as Interim President and CEO of the Company. Belluzzo will continue in his role as Chairman. The Company appointed Oleg Khaykin as the Company’s President and CEO and as a member of the Board. Prior to joining the Company, Khaykin was a Senior Advisor at Silver Lake Partners.

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

ShoreTel Appoints IBM Exec as Country Manager of India

ShoreTel, a provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems and unified communications solutions, appointed Arun Balasubramaniam as country manager of India. In his role, Arun is responsible for building relationships and driving sales for ShoreTel in India. He is overseeing sales strategy from customer acquisition to retention, as well as partner recruitment and management in the region. Prior to joining ShoreTel, Arun was the national channel leader for IBMs Collaboration Solutions business in India and South Asia, and has also held roles at TrendMicro and Microsoft.

Date Range: January 7th - February 17th

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