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WIN Names Maier President and Hough to VP of Sales

Andrew Maier (left) and Brian Hough

Wireless Information Networks (WIN), a distributed antenna systems (DAS) and smart building integrator, announced two promotions yesterday: Andrew Maier to President and Brian Hough to Vice President of Sales.

Maier, a 17-year veteran at WIN, began his career there as an RF technician. He will run the day-to-day operations of the organization and focus on business growth, particularly directing the creation of multiple design and funding options for prospects.

Hough also has been in the industry for 17 years. Previously, he was senior VP of sales and marketing for RF Industries, focusing on demand creation and new product development for emerging markets. As WIN’s vice president of sales, Hough will focus on leading the expansion into new verticals and structuring the company for scalability.

“Maier and Hough represent what we’re most proud of as an organization: deep expertise in the industry and a flexible, forward-looking perspective,” said CEO Thomas Crotty. “My new role, with Andrew at the helm as president, will be to grow WIN inorganically via mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.”


New CFO Sees Profit Potential in GatesAir Spectrum Repack Program

GatesAir appointed John Belza as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Reporting to CEO Bruce Swail, Belza will oversee finance, and develop new processes and initiatives to drive operational efficiencies. Belza will also oversee human resources and information technology.

One of Belza’s main goals is to optimize the profitability of GatesAir’s Spectrum Repack program for over-the-air TV stations, which he cites as an important revenue generator for the company over the next several years. He comes to GatesAir from Lombart Instrument, a private equity-held medical equipment distribution company where he was CFO.

Prior to Lombart, Belza held CFO assignments at global manufacturing companies Cambridge International, Inc. (also private equity-held) and Carat Security Group. Earlier in his career, Belza held senior finance roles at General Electric in the appliances and aircraft engines businesses.

Former FirstNet President to Advise RapidSOS

Former president of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), TJ Kennedy, joined the advisory board of RapidSOS. Partnering with Internet of Things companies and the public safety community, RapidSOS sends a proprietary rich data link to public safety to aid in emergency response. By analyzing data around when and where emergencies are occurring, RapidSOS is developing technology to predict and preempt emergencies and dynamically warn people in harm’s way – a complete shift from emergency response to emergency prediction and preemption.

For RapidSOS, Kennedy will contribute expertise in public safety and technology from 14 years of leadership experience in the wireless communications and public safety industries. He led FirstNet from a federal government startup to a $40 Billion Public Private Partnership — the largest ever PPP in the country.

Prior to joining FirstNet, Kennedy was the president of Raytheon JPS Communications and led its public safety business. Kennedy joins two former FCC Chairmen (Dennis Patrick and Tom Wheeler), and senior executives from Apple, AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, and Lucent, past presidents of the major public safety organizations, and thought leaders across health and medicine from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in building RapidSOS’ NG 911 Clearinghouse technology.

Synchronoss Appoints Mary Clark Chief Marketing Officer and EVP

Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNCR) has appointed Mary Clark as its new Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Product. She will be responsible for product management, marketing and communications.

Prior to joining Synchronoss, Clark was Chief Corporate Relations Officer and Chief of Staff at Syniverse. Previously, she was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Roaming. She has been a board member for the Competitive Carriers Association, and the CTIA Wireless Foundation, and is currently on the CMO Advisory Council. She was named to the National Diversity Council’s “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology” list in 2016 and 2017.


Dewberry Picks Dan Southwick to Head Design Build Division

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Southwick, PE, to president of the firm’s design-build practice, which includes projects in the telecommunications and higher education market segments as well as turnkey services for federal and commercial clients. In this new role, Southwick is responsible for the oversight of more than 25 individuals who work in the design-build practice. In addition to his new responsibilities, Southwick will maintain his leadership responsibility as the telecommunications market segment leader. He is based in the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office.

Southwick has more than three decades of experience and joined the firm nearly two years ago. His expertise includes construction, engineering operations, production, planning, financial reporting, purchasing, and site development. Additionally, Southwick’s extensive portfolio includes turnkey delivery of projects for large telecommunications clients.

Advantage Engineers Names McGrath CEO

Advantage Engineers announced Wednesday that its Board of Directors has appointed John McGrath as Chief Executive Officer. McGrath has over 25 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry and has served as Advantage Engineers’ Chief Operating Officer since 2012. He succeeds Advantage Engineers’ founder Ed Balsavage, who will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

USTelecom Welcomes Hawley Stanton to Lobbying Team

USTelecom added Hawley Stanton to its legislative team as Manager of Government Affairs. She joins USTelecom from the office of Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

“Hawley has been a rising star on Capitol Hill and we’re thrilled that she’s joined the USTelecom team as we focus on working with Congress to advance modern broadband policies and help close the digital divide,” said USTelecom SVP Government Affairs Galen Roehl.

A native of Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Stanton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from California State University in Fullerton. She joined Congressman Latta’s office in 2014.

Kurk Named COO at CommScope

Morgan Kurk has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks.  Kurk, currently chief technology officer for the company, replaces Randy Crenshaw, who is retiring December 31 after 32 years with CommScope.

In this top operational role, effective January 1, Kurk will provide executive leadership for CommScope’s Mobility Solutions and Connectivity Solutions segments, and Global Supply Chain and Office of Technology organizations.

“As our current chief technology officer and previous leader of our wireless and enterprise businesses, Morgan is well positioned to take on this top operational role,” said Eddie Edwards, president and chief executive officer, CommScope.  “On behalf of our entire team, I thank Randy for all he has done for our company, customers and employees. He helped guide CommScope through much of its growth, various market cycles and acquisitions in a way that made us the global leader we are today.”

Prior to his new appointment as COO, Kurk has served CommScope as chief technology officer, senior vice president and Wireless segment leader, and senior vice president and Enterprise segment leader.  Overall, he has approximately 25 years of experience in information and communication technology industries.

Radha Sekar is New USAC CEO

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signed off on the appointment of Radha Sekar as Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Administrative Co. (USAC), a non-profit organization that administers the agency’s Universal Service programs. Pai said Sekar was selected after an extensive search by the USF board and her credentials as well as her experience, make her “highly qualified. We have a lot of work ahead implementing the FCC’s reforms of the USF programs. Sekar will be key to this effort,” said Pai.

Sekar thanked Vickie Robinson, who was Acting USAC CEO since March. Sekar comes to the USF from the Farm Services Administration of the Department of Agriculture, where she oversaw a $30 billion budget. Previously, she spent more than a decade at PricewaterhouseCoopers, followed by positions at IBM, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

Lockheed Martin Names AMT’s Taiclet to Board

Lockheed Martin added American Tower CEO James Taiclet to the defense contractor’s board of directors. The appointment takes effect January 1, 2018, Lockheed said Monday.

Taiclet is chairman, president and CEO of American Tower Corp. and has led the company since 2003. Prior to that, Taiclet was president of the Honeywell aerospace services business, vice president of engine services at Pratt & Whitney and a consultant in telecommunications and aerospace at McKinsey & Co.

Nokia Appoints Joerg Erlemeier as Chief Operating Officer

Nokia yesterday announced the appointment of Joerg Erlemeier as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the Group Leadership Team (GLT) with immediate effect. Erlemeier will report to Nokia President and Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri. Monika Maurer, who previously held the COO position, will support Erlemeier during a transition period and then leave Nokia to pursue new opportunities outside the company.

“I want to thank Monika for her contributions to Nokia, and Alcatel-Lucent before that. I warmly welcome Joerg to the GLT, and look forward to working together to further strengthen our disciplined operating model,” said Rajeev Suri.

Erlemeier was most recently Senior Vice President, Nokia Transformation, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications) from Fachhochschule Aachen in Germany. He has over 20 years of experience in various leadership positions in Nokia, including heading the Middle East and Africa region; leading Services in Asia-Pacific and Japan and North America; and serving as COO of the Mobile Networks business group.

Dish CEO Steps Aside to Focus on Wireless

Charlie Ergen, the founder of satellite TV company Dish, is stepping aside as CEO to focus on the company’s wireless business. He will remain chairman. The new CEO, Dish Network Corp. president Erik Carlson, will report to him.

Dish has substantial rights to spectrum, or airwaves that transmit wireless signals, and has said it wants to build a network for everyday products that have internet connections and “Internet of Things” applications.

Jefferies analyst Scott Goldman said Tuesday’s announcement may be a sign that Dish will build that wireless network. The company could also sell or lease its spectrum rights.


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