Industry Veteran Shpock Becomes Vitec President
STEPHEN W. SHPOCK, a twenty-four-year microwave industry veteran has joined The Vitec Group RF Systems (VGRFS) as president and managing director. VGRFS is a business unit of the Broadcast Systems Division of The Vitec Group, plc., comprised of Microwave Services Corp. (MSC), Nucomm, and RF Central. Shpock will oversee all three of these U.S.-based companies and be responsible for their operations worldwide. Prior to his current role, Shpock was CEO of Thales Components Corp., where he was responsible for all North American component activities for the multinational Thales Group. Shpock has a BEE from Stevens Institute of Technology, an MEE and a DEE from the University of Utah, and an MBA from the University of Rochester. He is based at Nucomm headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ.

Institut fr Hoechstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik at the University of Karlsruhe, GermanyWERNER WIESBECK, director of the institute, received the 2008 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, which recognizes Wiesbeck for innovative electromagnetic applications in communication systems, remote sensing, and EM compatibility.
Qualcomm Inc.
STEPHEN M. BENNETT elected to Qualcomm's board of directors. He is president and CEO of GE Capital e-Business, and serves on the board of directors of Intuit, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Bliley Technologies
DENNIS BARRICK hired as global vice president of marketing and business development; formerly the business manager of Integrated RF Solutions for Spectrum Microwave, Inc.
ABI Research
ROBERT CLARK appointed principal analyst, multi-channel video; formerly a senior consulting analyst with Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan.
Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT)
LEN LAUER promoted to COO; formerly executive vice president of Qualcomm and group president. STEVE MOLLENKOPF promoted to president of QCT; formerly executive vice president of QCT. JIM LEDERER promoted to executive vice president of business planning and finance for QCT; formerly senior vice president on QCT's senior management team.
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH
ELKE ECKSTEIN is chief operating officer in Regensburg, Germany; formerly vice president, manufacturing at AMD. JRG THLE, who held the chief operating officer post from 2006 to April 2008, moved to the parent company, OSRAM GmbH, where he is CEO of the Low Pressure Discharge Business Unit.
Mimix Broadband, Inc.
GREG BAKER appointed senior vice president sales and marketing; formerly vice president international sales with Sirenza Microdevices.
Sandvik Coromant
ROBERT CASSANELLI appointed aerospace process engineer.
Lazer-Tech
PING LI appointed to inside sales position; formerly with Dynamic Details Canada and Data Circuits.