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Industry Moves Roundup: Clearwire; Jajah / O2; Qualcomm

Clearwire: The wireless operator has appointed John W. Stanton as chairman of the board of directors. He replaces Craig McCaw, who resigned at the end of December. Stanton has been a director at Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) since 2008 and has had a long career in wireless telecoms. Stanton was chairman and CEO of Western Wireless Corporation from 1992 until shortly after its acquisition by ALLTEL in 2005. From 1994 to 2004, Stanton was chairman of VoiceStream, which became T-Mobile USA; he was CEO of VoiceStream from 1998 to 2003. Clearwire, 54 percent owned by Sprint (NYSE: S), is still on the hunt for more funding to complete the build-out of its high-speed wireless network. (via Release)

Jajah: Steve Alder will be the the new CEO of the Californa-based VoIP technology company, which was bought by Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) in 2009 for $206 million. Alder is currently the GM for the UK and group devices for Telefonica Europe. He replaces Trevor Healy, who becomes chairman of Jajah and also chief innovation officer for Telefónica Europe — a vote of confidence from the operator about the role of VoIP in its wider operations. Alder will report to Healy and Matthew Key, the CEO of Telefonica Europe. The changes take effect March 1, 2011. (via Release)

Qualcomm: Two new appointments for the wireless chipmaker. Jing Wang is the new president of Global Business Operations, also holding the title of EVP of Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM). The division includes Qualcomm’s international business-focussed offices in countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East and Africa. Peggy Johnson, meanwhile, will become the president of Global Market Development, also holidng the title of EVP of Qualcomm. Qualcomm says the GMD division will take the lead on “commercializing new business opportunities that reside outside of an existing Qualcomm business unit.” Both Jing and Peggy continue to report to Steve Altman, president of Qualcomm. (via email)