Telecom Executive Moves – First Weeks Of 2020

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Telco Moves – ICT executive announcements from the first two weeks of 2020

Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!

Here’s our carefully curated list of exec moves announcements for the period December 21st 2019 to January 12th 2020, relevant to the ICT sector.

Telco Moves covers notable hires, promotions and personnel changes in the global Telecom and ICT community.


Bell Canada Enterprises

BCE Inc. welcomes Mirko Bibic as President and Chief Executive Officer and announces his appointment to the boards of BCE and Bell Canada. Mr. Bibic assumes the chief executive role following George Cope‘s retirement.

Mr. Bibic also announced a restructured Bell executive leadership team: “I’m proud to welcome Claire Gillies and Karine Moses to the Bell executive team and announce new roles for current executives Blaik Kirby and John Watson“.



The Board of Directors of Sunrise announces that Olaf Swantee has decided to resign as CEO of Sunrise after almost four years with the company.
It also announces that André Krause, up to now CFO at Sunrise, succeeds Olaf as CEO, effective immediately.

Uwe Schiller, Senior Vice President Finance and Investor Relations at Sunrise will become its new CFO with immediate effect, following the appointment of André Krause as CEO of Sunrise.

Bruno Duarte, Chief Consumer Officer, will leave Sunrise.


AWS & Amazon

Light Reading reports that Axel Clauberg, a long-time advocate of next-generation networking technology and one of the best known figures in the carrier SDN and NFV sector, has left Deutsche Telekom to join Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In other Amazon-related news, Bharti Airtel’s chief executive officer for broadband services, Sameer Batra, has quit from the position to join Amazon as director for mobile business development.


Cellcom Israel

Cellcom Israel Ltd. announced that following its previous announcement as to the Company’s CEO resigning from office, The Company’s board of directors has appointed former Labor party leader Mr. Avi Gabbay, as the Company’s CEO, effective January 19, 2020.



KT has chosen Koo Hyun-mo, head of its customer & media division, as new CEO and president. He will succeed the incumbent CEO and Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu, whose term ends in March 2020.



Fahad Al Hassawi has taken on the role of acting chief executive officer of Du from January 1. The current deputy CEO-consumer services of the company will be placed in charge of the telecommunications giant until Johan Dennelind takes up the position “which is expected to be by the end of January 2020”.

Dennelind was previously CEO of Stockholm-based Telia Co. after having worked with Telenor ASA and DiGi in Malaysia.



Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has named Ángel Olabuenaga Burón as its new chief financial officer, replacing Jon Ander de las Fuentes Inchausti.



RADCOM Ltd. announced that Mr. Hilik Itman, previously Vice President of R&D, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Hilik Itman will assume overall responsibility for the execution of Radcom’s product strategy and customer implementations by leading the Customer Success, Q&A, R&D, and Professional Services teams.


Orange Belgium

Orange Belgium’s Board of Directors has validated the nomination of Christophe Dujardin as Chief Consumer Officer, starting February 1st, 2020. Christophe Dujardin succeeds Cristina Zanchi, who decided to seek for new opportunities after 9 years of passionate contribution within Mobistar/Orange Belgium.



CenturyLink will see changes to its board of directors in 2020, including a new chairman and the departure of a long-time former chief executive. Glen F. Post III, who served as CEO of the company prior to current CEO Jeff Storey, announced he would not stand for re-election at CenturyLink’s 2020 annual shareholder meeting.

Chairman Harvey Perry announced he would retire in May 2020. The new chairman of the board will be T. Michael Glenn, who has served as a director since 2017. CenturyLink also appointed a new member to its board of directors. Hal Jones will serve on the board, effective Jan. 1.



Tellabs Access LLC (“Tellabs”) announced that Rich Schroder has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Tellabs, replacing former President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Norrod, starting January 1, 2020.

Over the last 15 years, Mr. Schroder has held numerous positions within Tellabs and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer.



WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone has announced the appointment of Henry Hryckiewicz to WOW!’s executive team as chief technology officer. Hryckiewicz was most recently the senior vice president of engineering operations for residential and business services for Time Warner Cable.

Teresa Jacobs has been appointed as senior vice president of IT design and development. Jacobs will oversee the teams responsible for system architecture, design, analysis, development and quality assurance, while defining and developing the overall IT design and development roadmap for WOW!.



Loukas Tzitzis has been appointed as General Manager, ANZ & Singapore Division. Effective 1st January 2020, Loukas Tzitzis is the Regional APAC Vice President, in addition to his role as Vice President, B2B – International (APAC, EMEA, Russia & CIS, LATAM).



Equinox Information Systems has announced that Bill Menees will now serve as the company’s Vice President DevOps.



SOFTRAX welcomes Steven Kovac as the company’s new Vice President of Customer Success.


Multichoice Kenya

Nancy Matimu has been named the new MultiChoice Kenya Managing Director, taking over from Eric Odipo who left the firm to pursue other interests, effective December 2019.

Prior to joining MultiChoice Kenya, Nancy was the Vice-President, Head Market Development Sub Saharan Africa at MasterCard.



TAWAL announces the appointment of Eng. Mohammed Abdulaziz Alhakbani as Chief Executive Officer starting from 12th of January 2020.


Vislink Technologies

Vislink Technologies announced that Ralph Faison has been appointed to its board as a non-executive independent director. Vislink also announced that, with effect from Jan. 1, 2020, Ray Sidney will step down from its board as a non-executive independent director.


Blonder Tongue

Blonder Tongue Laboratories announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has promoted Edward R. “Ted” Grauch to Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Grauch will also retain his existing title of President.


Juniper Networks

Juniper announced the appointment of Gordon Mackintosh as the new Worldwide Vice President of Channel and Virtual Sales.


Siyata Mobile

Siyata Mobile announced the appointment of Jason DePue as VP Sales for AT&T/FirstNet accounts effective immediately.


Aviat Networks

Aviat Networks has announced the appointment of Peter Smith as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Stan Gallagher, who took on the additional role as Interim Chief Executive Officer in September 2019, will remain with the Company, serving as Chief Operating Officer and Principal Financial Officer.



German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has appointed Annette Kummel as sustainability officer in its newly created sustainability department. The company also announced that Michael Muller, who is chief distribution officer responsible for the regulatory aspects of distribution activities, will be responsible for regulation and governmental relations.



IDEMIA has announced the appointment of David Desharnais as the Group’s Chief Digital Product Officer. As Executive Vice-President and a key member of IDEMIA Group’s Executive Committee, Desharnais will lead IDEMIA’s cloud and digital platform strategy.


Source Photonics

Source Photonics announced the appointment of Weiming Li as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Li, a returning veteran of Source Photonics, succeeds former CEO, Doug Wright, who resigned from the company.



Comcast Corporation announced that Marci Ryvicker will join the company as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, in mid-January.

Effectv, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, announced in December 2019 that it has appointed James Rooke as the company’s new general manager, effective January 1, 2020.


Unitas Global

Unitas Global announces that Mary Stanhope is joining the company as Chief Marketing Officer. She will be responsible for overseeing the strategy, planning, and development of the company’s global marketing, product, and channel initiatives.


Veeam Software

Veeam® Software announced that Danny Allan has been appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President (SVP) of Product Strategy.


Silver Peak

Silver Peak announced the appointment of Ian Whiting to the role of president, global field operations. Whiting reports directly to Founder and CEO David Hughes.



Former Vodafone Group Global Head of Fixed Product Development Nuno Sanches will lead Kaltura’s Media and Telecom Business Unit as General Manager.

Nuno will present his vision for Kaltura at the upcoming Kaltura Connect conference in New Orleans, on January 21-23, 2020.


Global Cloud Xchange

Global Cloud Xchange announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Rory Cole as the Company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer as it conducts a search for a permanent candidate.

Mr. Cole has served as Chief Financial Officer of GCX since 2014 with responsibility for global finance including accounting, financial management and the Company’s strategic initiatives.



Iveda® announced the appointment of Sid Sung as the Company’s new president. Sung was president at People Power China from 2017 until joining Iveda.



The Board of Directors of Swiss retailer Mobilezone has named new members to its management board under the leadership of CEO Roger Wassmer, who became responsible for operations in Switzerland and Austria on 01 January.

Wilke Stroman to CEO Germany and member of the group management.

Roger Wassmer as a previous member of the Executive Committee and COO Switzerland & Austria, new CEO Switzerland & Austria.

In addition to Roger Wassmer, Andreas Fecker (CFO Group) as well as the previous members of the management team, Thomas Gülünay (Managing Director B2B), Nicola Lippolis (Sales Director B2C), Claudia Schumacher (Director Human Resources) and Gregor Vogt (Director Marketing & Customer Experience) are appointed to the management board.


Uganda Telecom

The High court in Kampala has appointed Ruth Sebatindira, the former president of the Uganda Law Society as the new administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL). Sebatindira will replace Nelson Bemanya whose contract expired in November 2019.



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