July 8, 2004
When scouring the planet for the latest skinny on Mary-Kate Olsen, Headcount accidentally learned that the July 12 issue of People features an interesting yarn on outsourcing -- that controversial practice of relocating menial desk jobs to developing countries.
The piece highlights two Bangalore-based customer service agents for Dallas-based carrier VarTec Telecom Inc. who, thanks to outsourcing, earn a nice wage (about US$210 a month) compared to many of their country mates. But the duo doesn't live without concerns, the article states. Real-estate is expensive, the hours are tough, and, well, the jobs just aren't that secure.
States the article: "K.K. Sunil, 32… fears that his own job may someday be outsourced, moving on to another country such as China, where wages are even lower."
Ah, yes. In the world of outsourcing, even the ousourcers can be outsourced. No one's job is safe.
Here's what else is going on in the world of telecom hirings and firings:
Charles Vogt, former president and CEO of Taqua, has left Tekelec Inc. (Nasdaq: TKLC) to pursue other opportunities, Headcount has learned. Vogt, also veteran of Santera Systems, another Tekelec property, is said to be working on securing another CEO gig at another privately held equipment vendor. Vogt's success at taking Taqua from deathbed to liquidity has made him a hot commodity.
Tekelec had big plans for Vogt. In April, the company made him president of global marketing and sales operations for North America and the CALA (Central America, Latin America) region.
Vogt, according to sources, was itching to be the boss and will likely be running another company in the coming months.
Interestingly, the head of Santera, David Heard, also didn't stick around that long after Tekelec swallowed the switch maker. Heard is now chief executive at Somera Communications (Nasdaq: SMRA).
The doors they are revolving over at wireless broadband vendor Navini Networks Inc., which bagged $30 million not too long ago. Bjorn Kirchdorfer, executive VP of commercial operations, and controller Jeffrey Havlock have left the company. In their place comes Greg Marzullo, as the new VP of global sales, and former Chorum executive George Simpson as VP of operations.
Kirchdorfer and Havlock now plan to launch a security firm called Kirchdorfer Havlock Associates. (Just kidding -- we just thought that sounded cool.)
Movaz Networks Inc. says its VP of human resources and internal operations, Tony Preston, has left the company. His tenure as a Movaz full-time employee was announced in May and ended abruptly in June, according to sources close to Movaz.
A Movaz spokesman says Preston only had a three-month contract, so there's no mystery as to why he left. Sources at the company say Preston's role, as announced to Movaz employees, included recruiting, orientation, training, employee relations, compensation, payroll, benefits, facilities management, company security, desktop telephony, and computer support -- a description that implied a much longer tenure.
Now that it's headless in HR, Movaz is also seeking to fill about 12 engineering positions that the company has advertised internally. In fact, Movaz has told its workers that it will pay a $1,000 bonus to any Movaz employee who provides a reference or resumé that results in a successful hire.
Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE) has said Klaus Kleinfeld will succeed Heinrich von Pierer as CEO in January 2005. Von Pierer, 63, will become chairman at that time. Kleinfeld has been the chief executive of Siemens USA since January 2002 (see Siemens Changes Management).
No word yet on whether Kleinfeld and Heinrich von Pierer will join Kirchdorfer and Havlock to form Kleinfeld, Kirchdorfer, Havlock and von Pierer LP
And, now, a few more appointments and disappointments from the past few days:
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