Andrew appoints new CFO
Andrew Corp.’s board of directors announced the election of Marty R. Kittrell, the company’s vice president of strategic planning, as Andrew Corp.’s new chief financial officer, effective Oct. 1.
Marty Kittrell joined Andrew Corp. in June 2002 and was formerly vice president and chief financial officer of Celiant Corp., a company acquired by Andrew in June 2002. Prior to this, he held a number of financial executive posts with several public companies including, from 1989 to 1997, the position of vice president and chief financial officer at Exide Electronics Group Inc.
Marty began his career with the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute, the National Investor Relations Institute, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
Company officials also announced that, effective immediately, Gregory F. Maruszak has been appointed to the newly created role of chief compliance officer.
In this position, Maruszak will be responsible for guiding the company through its implementation of requirements created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other corporate governance and compliance matters. In his new role, Maruszak reports directly to the Audit and Human Resources/Governance Committees of the Andrew Board of Directors.
Maruszak joined Andrew Corp. in 1982 and was appointed vice president and corporate controller in 1991 and named vice president, finance, in 1998. Prior to Andrew Corporation, Greg was a senior executive in the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In another move, Daniel J. Hartnett, tax director, Andrew Corp., was promoted to the new role of Vice President of Tax and elected as a corporate officer of Andrew. Hartnett has more than 26 years of corporate tax experience.
Prior to joining Andrew in 1997, he was tax director — international with Sara Lee Corp. in Chicago, Illinois, and Paris, France, and a tax manager with the public accounting firm of Touche Ross. He holds a J.D. and Master of Science in Taxation degree from DePaul University. Dan is a member of the Illinois Bar and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
FCC appoints new division head
The Federal Communications Com-mission announced the creation of an Office of Homeland Security (Office) within the Enforcement Bureau.
The new office will provide consolidated support for the homeland security and emergency preparedness responsibilities of the commission and the Defense Commissioner (Chairman Michael Powell), the agency’s Homeland Security Policy Council, and the Chief, Enforcement Bureau.
James A. Dailey, a 31-year FCC veteran, has been named director of the new office.
In addition, the office will be responsible for rulemaking proceedings relating to the Emergency Alert System and will oversee operation of the Commission’s 24-hour Communications and Crisis Management Center and its Emergency Operations Center, functions that are handled in the Enforcement Bureau’s Technical and Public Safety Division.
Prior to his appointment, Dailey served as Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Bureau’s Technical and Public Safety Division and as senior adviser to the FCC’s Homeland Security Policy Council. He has served in various capacities within the FCC, including Deputy Regional Director of the South Central Region. Dailey, who joined the FCC in 1972 as an Investigator in the FCC’s Norfolk, Virginia, Field Office, also served as District Director of the FCC’s Kansas City Field Office for 17 years.
Dailey received a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Webster University, Kansas City, Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the State University in New York at Buffalo.
Veteran joins Color Broadband
Color Broadband Inc. has announced the appointment of industry veteran Scheron Briones to the new position of solutions architect.
Briones will be responsible for system design issues related to both of Color Broadband’s lines of business: wireless broadband access and integrated networking solutions, encompassing WiFi hot zones.
He brings more than 17 years of information technology experience, including service in technical sales, systems engineering and customer support in the areas of LAN/WAN/broadband, Internet technologies, data center co-location and disaster recovery.
Briones joins Color Broadband from his post as vice president of data center technology for SwiftComm Inc. in Riverside, Calif., where was responsible for sales, marketing, strategic alliances, risk analysis, system engineering and project implementation.
Prior to SwiftComm, Briones was director of network technology for Exodus Communications’ Western Region.
Before joining Exodus, Briones spent more than seven years as a senior systems engineer for Cisco Systems and Cabletron Systems. He supported several sales and project teams by designing and implementing large-scale campus and enterprise networks.
Briones began his technical career as an IBM mainframe analyst for Rockwell International, supporting thousands of end-users working on space shuttle operations contracts.
Centennial names Caribbean president
Centennial Communications Corp. announced that John A. de Armas, who heads Centennial’s Coral Gables Operations in Miami, has been appointed to the position of president, Centennial Caribbean Operations. de Armas joined Centennial in February 2002 as president, Centennial Dominicana and was promoted to executive vice president, Caribbean operations in October 2002.
Previously, de Armas was president of Home Shopping Español, a division of Home Shopping Network, where he developed and launched markets in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the top 20 Hispanic markets in the U.S., reaching an audience of over 40 million Hispanics.
Prior to that, he was vice president of International Strategy and Marketing with Phelps Dodge International Corporation. Prior to Phelps Dodge, Mr. de Armas was in charge of KPMG’s Consultants practice in South Florida consulting practice.
MotoSAT hires new president, CEO
C. Reed Brown has been named President and Mark Wright has been named CEO of MotoSAT.
Mark Wright has also been elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Brown, 56, has been serving as Chief Operating Officer of MotoSAT for the past six months.
Brown has a background in bringing unique and innovative products to market such as HealthRider, BowFlex and the Nautilus Home line of exercise equipment.
Wright, 41, is chairman of Ground Control. Mark Wright was also President and CEO of The Grid, a California-wide Internet Service Provider.
Jim Pendleton, who served as President and CEO for eight years, will remain on the Board of Directors as Secretary and Treasurer.
Pendleton’s involvement in the mobile satellite industry has brought forward products in both home and RV markets for television and Internet access. Pendleton introduced the actuator arm in the early 10′ C-Band television era. Sales of this product were in excess of $50 million.
Pendleton is also responsible for introducing the DataStorm, which is the first commercially available broadband satellite dish that does not require FCC end-user licensing.
MotoSAT is also the first Hughes’ approved mobile DirecWay satellite system. The DataStorm has been well received in the RV community as well as government, public safety, and commercial organizations.
Hall of Fame inductees named
Robert T. Rouleau, founder and CEO of Dataradio has been inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.
The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame was established in January 2001, to recognize those individuals, whether licensed radio amateurs or not, who significantly affected the course of amateur radio; and radio amateurs who, in the course of their professional lives, had a significant impact on their professions or on world affairs.
Bob Rouleau is one of the five hams who developed the Montreal Protocol in 1978, leading to the development of amateur packet radio.
Dataradio was founded in 1981. The company provides mobile data systems to the public safety community and even has equipment on Mars.
Fifteen amateurs were honored this year. A few of those were:
Roy Neal, instrumental in persuading officials at NASA to allow amateur radio operation from space;
Walter Cronkite, retired anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News, a position in which he became known as “the most trusted man in America;” and
Sako Hasegawa, founder of Yaesu Musen Co (now Vertex Standard); pioneered technology leading to the modern SSB transceiver; introduced first ac/dc HF SSB transceiver, FT-101; first two-meter mobile rig with memory and first synthesized, scanning, two-meter handheld.
Tusini joins Times Microwave
Paul Tusini has joined Times Microwave as global accounts manager.
Most recently Paul was part of the team that founded and operated Volex RF Technologies in Wilmington, Mass-achusets. Paul’s previous experiences include Product Management with Tyco Electronics in Lowell, MA and Director of Sales & Marketing for Quality Microwave Interconnects, Inc., (now Tensolite).
Paul has almost 25 years of experience in all aspects of sales, sales management and product marketing for RF and microwave components, with more than half of it in coax cable assemblies.
He has extensive product and applications experience in both cable and connectors.
Nokia chief bags IEEE membership
Nokia Chairman and CEO Jorma Ollila has been awarded honorary membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Jorma joined Nokia in 1985 and held a variety of key management positions before taking the helm in 1992.
As CEO, he presented a strategy that restructured the former industrial conglomerate and accelerated its growth into one of the most successful companies in both the mobile phone and telecommunications infrastructure markets.
Before joining Nokia, Jorma spent eight successful years at Citibank (now Citigroup), moving through various positions to management board member.
Jorma serves on the boards of Ford Motor Co., Otava Books and Magazines Group Ltd and UPM-Kymmene Corporation.
Ollila’s citation for the award is for contributions to launching mobile communications, a major global industry that has fundamentally changed the way people communicate.
Since 1981, the IEEE has bestowed 32 honorary memberships. Ollila received one of two IEEE Honorary Memberships granted in 2003.