Jürgen Kozok, sales manager Germany, Lumentis

Stockholm-based metro platform supplier Lumentis AB is adding Dr Jürgen Kozok as a sales manager for Germany to increase sales activities and expand customer and partner relationships.

Last year Kozok opened a sales service and business consultancy offering sales support and turnkey solutions provided by engineering groups. Previously, he was Fujitsu Networks Europe's director of product sales and solutions. Kozok was also Marconi Communications' manager of business development in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He was previously in telecom sales management with DSC Communications and Digital Equipment Germany.

Hamid Arabzadeh, CEO, CoreOptics Inc

Following USD21.5m of Series B funding in September, Nuremberg- and Princeton-based CoreOptics has made Hamid Arabzadeh CEO.

CoreOptics makes modules and subsystems for ultra-high-speed optical networks. Its portfolio includes transponders for metro and long-haul optical systems at 10 and 40Gbit/s using DWDM, SONET/SDH, ATM and IP protocols.

Arabzadeh was general manager and VP of Next Generation Metro Optical Networks at Nortel Networks with responsibility for Metro Optical Profit & Loss, Portfolio & Technology Strategy, R&D, Product Line Management and Product Marketing.

Peter Pfluger, CEO, TRONIC'S Microsystems

Grenoble-based custom MEMS device maker TRONIC'S Microsystems has appointed Peter Pfluger as CEO. Founding CEO Stephane Renard becomes executive chairman.

Pfluger was CEO of hearing aid system maker Phonak Group (Switzerland). Earlier, he led the Silicon Power Devices and Technologies R&D Group at the ABB Technology Centre then was managing director of CSEM SA (Switzerland). Pfluger has a Masters in physics and PhD in materials sciences from the University of Basel and was a post-doctoral fellow at IBM Research Labs in San Jose. He also consults on technology and innovation for the Swiss Federal Ministry of Public Economy.

Patrick Gallagher , CEO, FLAG Telecom Group Ltd

Service provider FLAG Telecom Group Ltd has appointed Patrick Gallagher as CEO and board member. Interim CEO Mark Spagnolo remains a board member.

Gallagher has spent over 17 years with BT, including five as CEO of BT Europe and, most recently, as group director for Strategy and Development with responsibility for Japan, China, and investments in France, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Korea.

"I look forward to further establishing a strong platform and infrastructure that will enable us to deliver new products that compliment FLAG Telecom's existing services, he said."

Steve Whipps, general manager EMEA, Riverstone

Riverstone Networks has made Steve Whipps general manager Europe and Middle East, responsible for sales, partner and field operations. Deployments highlight MPLS for VPNs. "Networking needs are evolving to encapsulate multi-site, multi-client and multi-service requirements," Whipps said.

Whipps held sales, marketing, business development and management posts at AT&T and BT. He was then operations director of Cisco's service provider business in the Nordics and managed its EMEA alliance programme as senior director of service provider alliances and operations. He was then CIENA's VP of EMEA sales.

Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO and president, Ericsson

Ericsson has appointed Carl-Henric Svanberg — CEO for lock group Assa Abloy — as CEO and president, from the annual general meeting in April. Current CEO and president Kurt Hellström will stay to year-end then retire at 60 after 18 years with Ericsson (almost four as president). "Svanberg will keep the same focus as Kurt Hellström, namely to make Ericsson return to profit, cut costs and to strengthen our leading position," says chairman Michael Treschow.

Svanberg acquires SEK100m of Ericsson B-shares at an average closing price settled between 30 January and 7 February. Industrivärden and Investor supply an equal part of the shares.

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