One of the former leading public faces of Nortel Networks in Ottawa has taken a senior position with Huawei Technologies, the Chinese telecom firm announced Monday.
John Roese, former chief technology officer at Nortel Networks, is Huawei Technologies' senior vice-president and general manager of North America R&D.
John Roese is heading to Huawei’s North American R&D headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, as the company’s senior vice-president and general manager of Huawei North America R&D.
“Innovation has long been the driving force behind Huawei’s success and I am looking forward to working closely with some of the brightest minds in the industry in developing world class solutions,” Mr. Roese said in a statement.
Previously, Mr. Roese served as chief technology officer at Nortel Networks, where he was responsible for executing the firm’s R&D strategy and directing research across all the company’s product portfolios.
In 2008, he received one of OBJ’s Forty Under 40 awards for his business accomplishments and community involvement, namely his support through Nortel of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Mr. Roese has also held senior positions at Broadcom Corp., Enterasys Networks and Cabletron during his almost two decades of working in the wireless, networking and security and voice-over-Internet protocol sectors.
As Nortel winds down its operations, Huawei has built up its Ottawa presence over the past two years.
After quietly establishing a presence in the nation’s capital in late 2008, Huawei officially opened its Ottawa R&D centre earlier this year, with promises to grow to 250 staff and invest $50 million locally over the next three years.
In August, Huawei announced it was joining the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation.