Nortel chooses alliance executive

Nortel Networks this week announced that Masood Tariq has been appointed president, global alliances, responsible for managing and expanding the company's strategic alliances and partnerships.

The role is a new senior executive position at Nortel. Tariq is also president of Nortel's Asia operations and will continue to report to Nortel CEO Frank Dunn.

Tariq will be responsible for managing and enhancing current partnerships, as well as accelerating development of new relationships. He will, however, apparently gradually relinquish his Asia duties by the time he relocates to North America in the spring.

The Nortel release announcing his new responsibilities mentions a transition period and the appointment of three executives to oversee specific areas of Asia, yet never explicitly states that Tariq's current role will be assumed by someone else. A Nortel spokeswoman would not clarify the matter, claiming that the company was in a quiet period prior to announcing earnings later this month and could not comment.

In any event, Asian operations will apparently be split between three executives. Robert Mao, currently an advisor to Dunn, will return to Nortel in January as president and CEO of Nortel China. Mao will be responsible for the Greater China region and will report to Dunn.

Yuan-Hao Lin, currently acting president, Nortel China, will become COO, Nortel China, reporting to Mao. John Giamatteo, who to date has been responsible for sales in Japan and Korea, will be responsible for sales across the whole Asia Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan.

Giamatteo will work with Tariq to ensure continuity during the transition period, the press release states.

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