Ted Hally to head CommScope’s global wireless business
Ted Hally has been named executive vice president of CommScope, Hickory, N.C., and general manager of its Wireless Products Group. In his new position, Hally is responsible for CommScope’s global wireless business.
CommScope describes itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of broadband coaxial cable for hybrid fiber coaxial applications, and it supplies fiber-optic and twisted-pair cables for LAN, wireless and other communications applications.
“Ted brings a wealth of diverse international experience to CommScope, and we are excited to have him as part of our executive management team,” said Brian D. Garrett, CommScope’s president. “His strong leadership and business management skills will be a tremendous asset to us as we continue to expand our wireless business globally.”
Hally expressed CommScope’s interest in growing its sales to Europe, Latin America and Asia. He said that one might have to experience China to fully understand its potential.
“I started traveling there in 1997. China exhibits enormous growth and energy in telecommunications development. The number of mobiles in China in 1997 was perhaps four million, where they now exceed 150 million. I’ve seen numbers as high as 185 million. And that’s still just scratching the surface of the market at a penetration level of about 10 to 12 percent. The Chinese market is vibrant and aggressive, and there’s growth there for years to come,” Hally said.
Hally said that China has shown a sustained growth path, largely unaffected by the Far East recession in late 1990s.
Hally’s post at CommScope marks his return to the wireless industry. He came to the company from California-based Inktomi, a global provider of information-retrieval solutions, where he was senior vice president and general manager.
Prior to 2001, he was corporate vice president and general manager for Motorola GSM Systems Products Division. Based in the United Kingdom, he was responsible for the overall development, manufacturing, marketing and business development of digital cellular infrastructure for Motorola’s GSM customers worldwide.
“I’m a business-builder. I missed the wireless world. If you come in when the wireless industry is down, you know the upside will come soon afterwards. It’s the future way people will communicate—wirelessly. We believe that the market will pick up and expect to see growth resume in a phenomenal way on a global basis. This downturn is going to be a hiccup in history of the industry,” Hally said.