Pandatel is restructuring its sales management, with Ilan Elad taking the newly created position of sales director (EMEA). Elad will also be responsible for the sales organisation in North America as president of the subsidiary Pandatel Inc. He was previously director of business development and sales at Native Networks, a vendor of high-speed connectivity and enhanced service solutions for optical and metro Ethernet access networks based in the U.K. and Israel. He was responsible for the product release and sales of the S-MUX 155 fibre-optic multiplexer, which was distributed by and subsequently sold to Pandatel. With Elad's appointment, sales director Joern Randt now becomes director of strategy at Pandatel AG, where he directly supports chief executive Heinrich-J. Kraus. Randt will be responsible for the identification and design of worldwide strategic partnerships, especially for OEM products.

Chris Gould has been appointed sales executive, storage products at the IT division of JVC Professional Europe. Based in the U.K. office, Gould provides support to existing JVC storage integrators in the IT sector and will develop new business opportunities. "Chris's addition to our team further strengthens our ability to support our customer base and to develop new business," notes Greg Gregoriou, senior sales manager, CI & IT products. Gould, who moved to JVC in January, says, "In the JVC range of storage and V-Network products, there is enormous potential for growth in the traditional channel model, the specialist integrator segment, and in commodity IT distribution." He previously worked for Northamber PLC and Hewlett-Packard.

Gil Friedlander will be responsible for overseeing RAD Data Communications' worldwide cooperation with telecommunications vendors such as Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, and Lucent Technologies. The appointment was announced by Dario Zipris, the company's sales VP. "Tier one vendors are now tending to concentrate their primary business on the network's core and metro infrastructure, while RAD's focus is solely on access," says Friedlander. "For that reason, RAD's customised solutions complement these vendors' own offerings by providing seamless access to virtually any technology over any infrastructure."

Highwave Optical Technologies has announced two key appointments to its leadership team: François Leraillez becomes chief executive officer and Eric Delevaque chairman of the board. Over the past four decades, Leraillez has held key leadership positions worldwide, including vice chairman of the Telecommunications Product Division of Philips, Netherlands; board member of Philips Kommunikation Industrie, Germany; CEO of TRT Philips, France; and CEO of CS Communications et Systèmes, France. Most recently, he assumed senior consulting assignments with France Telecom and Highwave. Eric Delevaque, co-founder of Highwave, has a PhD in laser-matter interaction and is an expert in optical amplification. He has managed France Telecom's R&D optical laboratory in Lannion, where he developed most technologies for telecom optical components and subsystems.

BTexact, BT's research, technology, and IT operations business, named Phil Holmes its new chief technology officer (CTO). Holmes will steer the technical direction of BTexact and work with BT's Group CTO to advise on the technology direction of BT Group. He has an extensive technical background that spans more than two decades of change in the industry, including 10 years' experience in operational support systems (OSS) design and development across technologies such as ATM, IP, and frame relay. Joining BT Labs in 1978, Phil first worked on leading edge research, producing high-reliability, high-speed transistors for submarine communications. In 1992, Phil established BT's service management requirements and architecture unit, during which time he piloted the division to achieve ISO 9001 certification. By 1995, Phil was leading a team of more than 80 software engineers responsible for the design and delivery of large-scale OSS systems to support BT's advanced data services. From there, he moved on to the post of chief systems architect for BT Group and subsequently became BTexact's head of technology strategy.

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