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May 22, 2014

Comings & Goings: Ming He Appointed as Huawei's General Manager of US Operations

Huawei (News - Alert) is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company. Last month, it announced that it was launching Enterprise Services and Support in the U.S.

When the Japanese telecommunications and Internet corporation wanted to acquire Sprint (News - Alert), it had to jump through a lot of hoops to prove to the federal government that it wasn’t invading us, or attempting to steal trade secrets. Now it seems that Huawei may have to go through a similar type of scrutiny.

Huawei offers a broad portfolio of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions designed to cater to global vertical industry and enterprise customers across government and public sectors. However, it does seem to be focusing on the U.S. market quite a bit even while it is waiting for the U.S. government’s concerns about its alleged threat to national security to be a thing of the past.

This, of course comes on the heels of the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announcing, just the other day, that five men, all members of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), "maintained unauthorized access to victim computers to steal information from these entities that would be useful" to the victims' competitors in China.

Perhaps that is why an announcement was made by Huawei regarding its U.S. concerns. Today’s announcement appoints Mr. Ming He as Country General Manager of its operations in the United States. The company’s U.S. headquarters can be found in Plano, Texas and that is also where you can find Ming He, where he will have operational responsibility and provide strategic oversight for both the Carrier Network business group and the Enterprise business group within the United States.

Ming He has been with Huawei for about 17 years, he joined the company back in 1997. According to Huawei, Ming He has helped the company build a successful business in both the wireless and fixed network markets by introducing innovative products and solutions to the world's leading operators, setting global market share goals, developing global growth strategies and establishing global pricing control.

It seems that Ming He will simply be taking on more responsibility by taking over the Enterprise business group. He has already been leading the U.S. Carrier Network business group, where he is credited with increasing Huawei’s annual sales revenue and profitability year-on-year.

Huawei’s chairman, Ren Zhengfei, who is normally sitting quietly behind the scenes recently said in a Wall Street Journal interview that the US is a "great nation." This appears to be an indication that, despite current perceptions, Huawei is not giving up on the U.S. market and intends to do what is necessary to rival companies such as Cisco (News - Alert).

Edited by Alisen Downey

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