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Hylan Appoints COO of Telecom Operations for NYC

HOLMDEL, N.J. , Aug.andnbsp;Hylan has announced the appointment of Carmine V. Manna as the Chief Operating Officer of Telecom Operations for its New York City franchise, Hylan Datacom and Electrical. Carmine is a 17-year veteran of Hylan Datacom and Electrical where he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Wireline and provided its telecom customers with turn-key solutions for their communications infrastructure needs. Prior to joining Hylan Datacom and Electrical, Carmine managed internationally known sports and convention facilities in New York City . While at these facilities, he was responsible for directing major construction and renovation projects. Click here for more.


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GSMA Appoints Laxmi Akkaraju Chief Strategy Officer

The GSMA today announced the appointment of Laxmi Akkaraju as Chief Strategy Officer. Ms. Akkaraju, who was most recently Senior Vice President, Global Delivery at EVRY, will join the GSMA effective 1 September and will report to GSMA Director General Mats Granryd. As Chief Strategy Officer, Ms. Akkaraju will work with the GSMA’s operator members in identifying opportunities that will advance the development of the mobile communications industry. Click here for more.


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Neustar Appoints Krishna Chettayar as General Manager and Vice President of Product, OneID

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services, today announced it has appointed Krishna Chettayar as General Manager and Vice President of Product, OneID®. In this role, Chettayar will steer the growth and strategy of Neustar’s identity resolution solutions, including the OneID system. He will report to Venkat Achanta, former Walmart data chief, and Neustar’s Chief Data and Analytics Officer. Click here for more.


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Optelian Appoints Bryan Hall Senior Vice President, Sales

OTTAWA, Ontario andOptical networking solution provider Optelian today announced that Bryan Hall has joined the team as Senior Vice President of Sales. In his new role, Hall will lead worldwide sales and business development. Click here for more.


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Siklu Appoints Eyal Assa as New CEO

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T-Mobile USA appoints Global Crossing man as CEO

John Legere, CEO at T-Mobile USA

The US arm of Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA, has appointed John Legere as CEO. Legere, a 32-year veteran of the US and global telecommunications and technology industries, succeeds Jim Alling, who has served as interim CEO since June. Alling will now return to his position as the firm’s COO.

Legere is the former CEO of networking services provider Global Crossing, and under his leadership, the company completed what it claims is the world’s first integrated global IP-based network.

He will now be tasked with overseeing the operator’s LTE deployment while the firm undergoes a restructure that sees 2,800 jobs axed.

The operator has recently been given a swathe of AWS spectrum and $ 3bn cash as a result of the failed takeover by rival AT&T. T-Mobile USA has since signed agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to support its $ 4bn network modernisation project.

Most recently, in August 2012, the operator announced the return of an unlimited HSPA+ data plan for its customers after killing off a similar service 12 months previously.

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Huawei appoints VP sales for US business

Bill Gerski has been appointed VP of Sales for Huawei USA

Bill Gerski has been appointed VP of Sales for Huawei USA

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has appointed a VP of sales for its US business as it looks to grow revenue in a difficult market. Bill Gerski joins the vendor with 40 years of experience through executive marketing and sales positions at Dish Network, Golden Sky Systems, Sirius Satellite Radio, Time Warner, Viacom, Bell Atlantic and the National Rural Telecommunications Co-op.

“Bill’s relationship with the rural telcos, electrics and wireless ISPs are perfect matches for Huawei’s innovative solutions to meet continual growing customer needs,” said Ming He, president of Huawei Technologies USA.

In December last year, media reports claimed that Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei had decided the firm would abandon the US market. The reports followed years of tension in the wake of  US government allegations that Huawei may be implementing spyware into its equipment on behalf of the Chinese military. The claims resulted in the firm being banned from participating in major network contract bids.

However, in a recent statement to Telecoms.com, the firm said: “We remain committed to our customers, employees, investments and operations and more than $ 1bn in sales in the US, and we stand ready to deliver additional competition and innovative solutions as desired by customers and allowed by authorities

Back in October 2012, the US House Intelligence Committee warned the nation’s telecoms operators not to trust Huawei or Chinese rival ZTE.

The government committee issued the warning at the time after conducting an investigation into the corporate operations of both firms. Huawei had requested the investigation into its operations in February 2011 after denying that there was any justification for US security concerns.

On a trip to New Zealand in May last year, CEO Ren attempted to allay concerns: “Huawei equipment is almost non-existent in networks currently running in the US,” he said. “We have never sold any key equipment to major US carriers, nor have we sold any equipment to any US government agency. Huawei has no connection to the cyber security issues the US has encountered in the past, current and future.”

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LightSquared Appoints New CEO as Company Works through Bankruptcy

LightSquared, the USA network that tried to build a wholesale LTE network before being blocked has named a new CEO and Chairman. Click here for more.


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Telefónica appoints MasterCard chief to head financial services team

Pilar Aurrecoechea has joined Telefonica as Digital Financial Services Director

Pilar Aurrecoechea has joined Telefonica as Digital Financial Services Director

Operator group Telefónica has appointed a financial services veteran to lead up its Digital Financial Services unit. Pilar Aurrecoechea has been in the financial services sector for 25 years and will join the operator group’s innovation arm, Telefónica Digital, reporting into Vivek Dev, CEO of Digital Services. Aurrecoechea joins Telefónica from MasterCard where she was general manager for Spain and Portugal.

The operator group noted predictions from analyst house IDC Financial Insights forecasting that more than one trillion dollars will be spent globally using mobile devices by 2017. It said that for these reasons, Aurrecoechea has been recruited to lead the operator’s global efforts in this space, working with the team to build on the capabilities established over the past few years.

During Aurrecoechea’s 25 years years in the financial services sector, she worked for MasterCard, Visa Europe and American Express. Prior to her of country manager for Spain and Portugal at MasterCard, she was SVP, consulting director advisory services at Visa Europe and, before that, SVP, managing consultant continental Europe, also at Visa Europe.

Digital Services CEO Dev said that Aurrecoechea knowledge and experience in financial services will be crucial in helping Telefónica take its strategy in this area to the next level.

“From products through to partnerships and alliances, Pilar’s background in the sector will be a hugely valuable addition to the team.”

Aurrecoechea replaces Joaquin Mata Atance who joined the Board of Telefónica España as CTO.

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Iraq’s Asiacell appoints CEO

Amer Al Sunna, CEO at Asiacell Iraq

Amer Al Sunna, CEO at Asiacell Iraq

Iraqi operator Asiacell, a subsidiary of Qatari operator group Ooredoo, has appointed Amer Al Sunna as its CEO.

Asiacell, which said it currently has more than 10.5 million subscribers, recent completed its IPO on the Iraq Stock Exchange. According to Asiacell chairman and founder Faruk Mustafa Rasool, Al Sunna will be tasked with helping “continue the success of our operation and ensure our success well into the future”.

Amer Sunna joined the Ooredoo group as CEO of wi-tribe Jordan in August of 2010 and has been managing director of Asiacell Iraq since February 2013.

Outgoing CEO Dr Diar Ahmed, who served in his position for almost six years, will serve as chief advisor to the chairman.

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