The appointment of Pinkham follows Ericsson's significantly strengthened position in the North American market. The Nortel acquisition, along with important breakthrough contract wins for Ericsson in North America and the recently announced relocation of Ericsson's Chief Technology Officer Håkan Eriksson from Stockholm to Silicon Valley, positions Ericsson as the leading provider of telecommunications technology and services in the United States and Canada. Ericsson has almost tripled the number of employees in North America from the beginning of 2009 and now has some 14,500 employees. In terms of sales, North America will now be Ericsson's largest region.
Pinkham's appointment to the newly established position of Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications in North America, reflects the focus on enhancing communication with key important stakeholders such as media, industry associations, investors, regulators, legislators and analysts.
Pinkham has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry of which he spent the past 20 years with Ericsson in various key positions. Most recently he advised Ericsson's Executive Management with regards to investor and analyst relations. He will be based in Washington DC.
"As the largest supplier of technology and services to network operators worldwide, Ericsson is a key partner for increasing broadband penetration for the associated societal and economic benefits," said Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson's North American operations. "Gary Pinkham has a broad and unique blend of telecom and business experience to share with this group of influential constituencies."
"I am looking forward to working collaboratively with industry stakeholders and government leaders to discuss a wide variety of industry and technology topics, such as broadband, spectrum and ICT sustainability initiatives," said Pinkham.
Corporate communications for business media, investors and industry analysts in North America will be covered from New York while government and industry affairs will be addressed from Washington, DC.
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