Westell names Richard Cremona as new COO

Westell has continued to revamp its top management team by appointing Richard Cremona as its new chief operating officer. Cremona will oversee the vendor's worldwide sales, operations, and services efforts.

Richard Cremona, Westell

Cremona (Image source: Westell)

Like newly appointed CTO Ben Stump, Cremona is a former Kentrox executive. Before Westell acquired Kentrox earlier this year, Cremona served as that vendor's CEO for over five years and held a spot on the Board of Directors.

Prior to Kentrox, the 25-year telecom industry veteran served in a number of executive management roles at AT&T (NYSE: T), Lucent Technologies, Sprint (NYSE: S) and Openwave Systems.

Rick Gilbert, chairman and CEO of Westell, said in a release that Cremona's "strong leadership and understanding of the telecommunications market will help us expand our business while ensuring we maintain high levels of service quality and operational excellence."

The appointment of Cremona and Stump and its acquisition of Kentrox has been part of a reworking of the company structure and focus on the remote monitoring segment for wireline and wireless operators.

Westell's realignment can be traced back to March 2011 when it sold its Customer Networking Solutions (CNS) division, one that supplies broadband CPE gear to Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB), for about $33.5 million to NETGEAR.

For more:
- see the release

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