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Openwave Gets In Giere

Just over a year after he was replaced as chief marketing officer (CMO) at Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), John Giere has been appointed senior vice president, products and marketing, at Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV). (See AlcaLu's Giere Gone From CMO Post.)

Giere, who finally left Alcatel-Lucent in September 2008 (the same month Ben Verwaayen was appointed as CEO), started his new job on Wednesday, July 8, so he may not yet have his name on a brass door-plate or have his box of family photos and lucky pens unpacked. (See Verwaayen Takes the Helm at AlcaLu.)

As part of recently appointed CEO Ken Denman's new team, Giere is in charge of marketing Openwave's mobile messaging, location, analytics, and Web access platforms. (See Openwave Shows Off, Gets Trendy and Openwave Names New CEO.)

Giere, who replaces interim VP of marketing Kathleen Brush, will need to get used to working for a much smaller company than Alcatel-Lucent. Openwave generates revenues of less than $50 million per quarter, nearly half of which comes from its two main customers, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), while AlcaLu generates quarterly revenues of almost $5 billion, even in these hard times. (See Hard Times for Alcatel-Lucent and Openwave Reports Q3.)

But he'll still be involved with his former employer: Openwave and AlcaLu announced an integrated service management solutions collaboration late last year. (See AlcaLu, Openwave Partner.)

And, get this for spooky: As part of that collaboration, Giere may have to engage with AlcaLu's head of North America, Robert Vrij, who was previously.... (drum roll) the CEO of Openwave! Are these companies joined at the hip or what? (See AlcaLu Appoints New Americas Exec.)

Giere has been keeping himself busy for the past nine months or so, taking up director posts at ruggedly handsome handset firm Sonim Technologies Inc. and "green" mobile base station vendor Vihaan Networks Ltd. (VNL) . (See APAC's Green Power Play.)

Giere also landed himself a $275,000-a-year role in December 2008 as chief commercial officer at portable fuel cell power product vendor Medis Technologies Ltd. — Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

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