> Chief executive of Russian state telecoms holding Svyazinvest, Yevgeny Yurchenko, has resigned the position due to a conflict with the management of Rostelecom, a unit of Svyazinvest, Reuters reports. Yurchenko was leading the holding company through a restructuring process that will include merging Rostelecom (NYSE: ROS) with seven regional telecom entities. Possibly stepping into the position? Leonid Reiman, a telecom industry veteran who resigned as a presidential adviser on Friday. Story.
> Meantime, Nokia's (NYSE: NOK) board of directors has appointed Stephen Elop president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 21. Elop comes to the company from Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), where he heads the Business Division. Current Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo will step down on the 20th but remains on the board of Nokia-Siemens Networks. News release.
> Telekom Malaysia Berhad (Other OTC: MYTEF.PK), which is planning an IPTV rollout via its UniFi high-speed broadband service, has selected ATEME, a video compression solutions provider, to deploy its IPTV head-end services. News release.
> It's a green IT world for Savvis (Nasdaq: SVVS), which on Thursday was inducted into the City of Town & Country Environmental Hall of Fame (yes, you heard that name right) located in St. Louis. News release.
> Hosted business VoIP provider FeatureTel welcomes Melissa Smith as a customer service representative and "chief customer advocate" at its Apex, N.C. headquarters. News release.
> tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment conference next Wednesday, Sept. 15. News release.
Comtrend Corp. is launching a new VDSL2 bonding gateway, the NexusLink 3100 series. News release.
And finally... Communications service providers (CSPs) and telcos alike must recognize and understand "big market disrupters" and adapt to ensure long-term survival, a new report from Heavy Reading Insider titled Don't Get Googled: Lessons From Telco Market Disrupters says. News release.