Andrew implements restructuring
September 29, 2006 -- Effective October 1, the company's five product groups will be combined into two operating segments - Wireless Network Solutions and Antenna and Cable Products - that reflect the distinct markets they serve, says the company.
September 29, 2006 -- Andrew Corp., a provider of communications systems and products, announced that it is implementing a new organizational structure for its product groups and streamlining its executive team to capitalize on the company's positive momentum and better address opportunities in the rapidly changing wireless infrastructure market.
According to a press release, effective October 1, Andrew's five product groups will be combined into two operating segments (Wireless Network Solutions and Antenna and Cable Products) that reflect the distinct markets they serve and leverage opportunities for collaboration and efficiencies in supporting global customers.
The creation of these new operating segments is accompanied by changes to the company's executive management team that align with this new structure and streamlines the leadership of the company.
These changes include:
-- Mickey Miller, formerly group president, Base Station Subsystems, has been named executive vice president and group president, Wireless Network Solutions, comprised of the former Base Station Subsystems, Network Solutions, and Wireless Innovations groups. This segment will include the majority of Andrew's portfolio of active products and operator solutions. Terry Garner, senior vice president and group president, Network Solutions, will report to Miller.
-- John DeSana has been named executive vice president and group president, Antenna and Cable Products, which now will include the former Satellite Communications Group. This segment contains the vast majority of Andrew's passive product portfolio of antennas, cables, and related products. Jude Panetta will continue to lead Satellite Communications as senior vice president and group president, reporting to DeSana.
-- Bob Hudzik, formerly group president, Wireless Innovations, has been named senior vice president and chief human resources officer, replacing Karen Quinn-Quintin, who is leaving the company. Morgan Kurk, vice president of research and development, has been appointed acting general manager of Wireless Innovations, reporting to Miller in Wireless Network Solutions.
-- The corporate functions of Procurement and Technology, Strategy, and Corporate Development will become functions within the two new operating segments. As a result, corporate officers J.C. Huang, chief technology and strategy officer, and head of corporate development; and Fred Lietz, vice president, Procurement, are leaving the company. Another officer, Jim Petelle, vice president, Law, and assistant corporate secretary, also is leaving the company, and his roles are being assumed by Justin Choi, senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary.
-- Corporate officer Jim LePorte, currently vice president, Sales Operations, will join Wireless Network Solutions as vice president, Finance, effective November 1.
"Andrew begins a new fiscal year with considerable momentum and these changes will build upon the many improvements and progress we saw in 2006," comments Ralph Faison, president and CEO of Andrew Corp. "Our organization and leaner management team will be more closely aligned to our customers' evolving requirements and demonstrate greater efficiency and innovation.