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Nomadix's CEO Deserts

Wireless LAN hotspot infrastructure provider Nomadix Inc. is yet another 802.11 startup that has ditched its CEO, Unstrung has learned.

Ex-CEO Patrick Parker left quietly in the fourth quarter of last year, after Parker and the board decided that he wasn't the right man "for the direction of the company," according to Kurt Bauer, senior VP of field operations at Nomadix.

Bauer says that the firm is actively looking for a CEO and hopes to have a new head in place by the second quarter. "But we're prepared to wait for the right person," Bauer notes.

The departure of Nomadix's CEO is just the latest ripple in the WiFi tadpole talent pool. (See ReefEdge Joins CEO Shuffle for a comprehensive list of exec exits.) In fact, there been so many management moves recently that it may prove more profitable for some of these companies to start an executive temp agency rather than messing around with all this technology nonsense.

Nomadix, you may remember, created a stir in the WLAN public access business earlier this year when it announced that it been awarded a patent relating to way that users get sent to a service provider's portal page when they first log on to a hotspot.

Bauer says that the company is keen for other vendors to license its intellectual property -- and claims that some already have -- but doesn't intend to "go after people with teams of lawyers." "Few startups that establish IP… have done that successfully." Instead, he says, Nomadix wants the industry to recognize and adopt its methodology.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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