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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Siemens Enterprise Communications
Hamid Akhavan, born in 1961, started his position as Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Enterprise Communications in February 2010. In this role, Akhavan is responsible for leading Siemens Enterprise Communications, jointly owned by the US Financial Investor The Gores Group (51 % share) and Siemens AG (49 % share), including its daughter companies Siemens Enterprise Communications and Enterasys Networks.
Prior to that, Akhavan served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Deutsche Telekom Group since July 2009 and as Chairman of the Executive Operating Board at Deutsche Telekom. As COO, Hamid Akhavan remained responsible for the operation of the mobile markets in Europe, a responsibility he had taken on in December 2006, when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of T-Mobile International AG. In addition, Hamid Akhavan’s Group-wide responsibilities included Products & Innovation, as well as the areas of Technology, IT, Procurement, International Sales and International Marketing.
Until December 2006, Hamid Akhavan had been Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTO) on the Board of Management of T-Mobile International. Following a strategic realignment, he was also appointed CTO of the Deutsche Telekom Group in September 2006. Hamid Akhavan had been working at T-Mobile International since September 2001 and was appointed to the Board of Management in December 2002. Before that, he was Chief Technical Officer and Chief Information Officer at Teligent Inc., an international broadband fixed wireless access company, and held various positions at other technology companies.
Hamid Akhavan graduated from the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received a Master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the same fields.
President and Chief Executive Officer, OSRAM SYLVANIA
Since 2009, Rick Leaman has been president and chief executive officer of OSRAM SYLVANIA, the North American operation of OSRAM GmbH, a Siemens company (NYSE: SI). Under his leadership, OSRAM SYLVANIA operates three distinct businesses: Consumer Lighting, Professional Lighting and Specialty Lighting. Leaman also serves on the Executive Committee of the OSRAM SYLVANIA, Inc. Management Board.
Leaman started his career at SYLVANIA in 1984 as a senior industrial engineer in Titusville, Pa. He held successive positions in product marketing and general management until 2001, when he was promoted to president and general manager of the company’s automotive joint venture, Valeo Sylvania, in Seymour, Ind. In 2006, Leaman was appointed executive vice president and general manager of the global Automotive Lighting division, based in Munich, Germany. A graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, Leaman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in administrative and management science, mathematics and economics. He also completed the OSRAM Executive Development Program at Babson College.
Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions that feature innovative design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes, businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also under the OSRAM brand.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nokia Siemens Networks, Executive Board Member
Previously Head of Services, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2007-2009
Joined Nokia in 1995, and has held numerous executive level positions in the company
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications, Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University, Karnataka, India
Head of Services, Nokia Siemens Networks, August 2007 to September 2009
Head of Asia Pacific, Nokia Siemens Networks, April to November 2007
Senior Vice President of Nokia Networks Asia Pacific, 2005-2007
Vice President, Hutchison Customer Business Team, Nokia Networks, 2003-2005
General Manager, Business Development, Nokia Networks Asia Pacific, 2003
Sales Director – BT, O2 and Hutchison Global Customers, Nokia Networks, 2002
Director, Technology and Applications, BT Global Customer, Nokia Networks, 2000-2001
Head of Global Competitive Intelligence, Nokia Networks, 1999-2000
Head of Product Competence Center, Nokia Networks South Asia, 1997-1999
System Marketing Manager, Cellular Transmission, Nokia Networks India, 1995-1997
Head of Group Procurement, imports and special projects, Churchgate Group, Nigeria, 1993-1995
National Account Manager – Transmission / Manager – Strategic Planning, ICL India (ICIM), 1990-1993
Production Engineer, Calcom Electronics, 1989
With more than 20 years of international experience, Rajeev is a leader who is passionate about the telecommunications industry. He is known to challenge existing business paradigms and is highly committed to customer satisfaction. Rajeev has strong discipline of execution, believes in unconventional thinking and has a reputation as a dynamic and result-oriented leader. He is a people person and is known for relentlessly building strong and diverse teams.
As Head of Services from August 2007 until September 2009, Rajeev drove the transformation of Nokia Siemens Networks’ Services business. Under his leadership, Services saw its share of company revenue grow from under 33% to around 45%, and Professional Services grow at best-in-class levels in the industry. Rajeev oversaw the creation of a new Services hub in India and established an industry-first Global Service Delivery model, underpinned by automation and serving customers across the world from three Global Network Solutions Centers.
Prior to heading Services, Rajeev was head of Nokia Siemens Networks Asia Pacific (April 2007 until November 2007). From 1995 to March 2007, Rajeev worked with Nokia Networks where he held a number of executive positions in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, and Strategy and was based in various locations including India, Finland, the United Kingdom and Singapore. Rajeev was responsible for a portfolio of Nokia’s infrastructure customers in Europe and key new growth markets. He transformed the global Nokia relationship with Hutchison group to bring it to a strong new level, and significantly expanded Nokia’s market share during his European assignments. Rajeev also delivered Nokia’s first third generation networks for Hutchison’s European operations. In addition, Rajeev was instrumental in negotiating large deals and successfully managing complex financial exposures. Prior to joining Nokia, Rajeev worked with ICL in India and RPG Group in corporate business development for new ventures and strategic planning. He also worked for a large conglomerate in West Africa where he was heading their corporate commercial and international imports division.
Born in 1967, Rajeev has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications) from Mangalore University, India. In his spare time, Rajeev is a voracious reader, enjoys music, plays tennis and likes to explore new places and cultures with his family. Based in Espoo, Finland, he is married and has two children.