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Coherent Communications Systems Corp. announced its chief financial officer, Michael Gendron, has left the company to pursue other interests. Gendron’s responsibilities will be assumed by Joan Cominski, corporate controller, while the company searches for a new CFO.

Cellexis International Inc. promoted Gary Paisley to president and chief operating officer, with responsibility for planning, organizational and systems development and daily operations. Most recently, Paisley was the company’s chief financial officer and senior vice president. Paisley has been with Cellexis for more than a year and has a background in organizational development, financial management and accounting.

Richard Wulf was appointed operations manager of NPI Wireless, where he will be responsible for the buildout, startup and maintenance of the company’s personal communications services network in northwest Michigan. Wulf spent 25 years with AT&T Corp., where he managed commercial construction, retro-fit, cabling and fiber optic projects.

Century Telephone Enterprises Inc. named Doug Bieniek vice president of network services for its Mobile Communications Group. He will be responsible for planning and constructing all new cell sites, engineering and monitoring cell sites and switches. He has 15 years of experience as a corporate telecommunications manager. The company also announced it promoted Donald Miller to vice president of operations for the group. Miller will be responsible for Century’s cellular customer service centers, distribution channels, corporate services and field network systems. He joined the company in 1990. Bill Kasdorf was named vice president of sales and marketing for Century’s Telephone Group. His main responsibility is to maximize revenues for the group, the company said. Kasdorf joins the company from DSC Communications Corp.

The Personal Communications Industry Association accepted U S West Communications Inc. into the association and appointed Corey Ford, vice president of business development and external affairs for U S West’s wireless group, as the company’s representative to PCIA’s board of directors and Broadband PCS Alliance Council.

PCIA also announced the appointment of Mary Madigan to vice president of external affairs. She will act as a liaison between PCIA and its outside counsels and committees. Prior to joining PCIA, Madigan was a political appointee in the Bush Administration for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Cathy Handley was named PCIA’s director of numbering strategy. Handley will focus on numbering issues affecting the wireless industry.

Andrea Winkel is the new Las Vegas sales manager for Metrocall Inc. Most recently, Winkel was a major account executive for ProNet Inc. She has 14 years of sales and marketing experience including seven years in the Las Vegas paging market.

GERS Retail Systems named Keith Powell regional sales manager for its consumer electronics division. He will be responsible for the Midwest and Southeastern territories. Prior to joining the company, Powell was president of Cousins, a San Diego-based consumer electronics store.

PAL Telecom Group Inc. appointed George Lamplota national director of project management and construction. Lamplota’s responsibilities will include managing an in-house group consisting of senior project managers, project managers and other staff, said the company.

Kevin Hall joined the Columbia, S.C., office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough L.L.P. as an associate. Hall specializes in business litigation, telecommunications law and public utility law. Hall’s experience includes work at Scana Corp. as senior attorney, BellSouth Telecommunications Inc. as a member of the state regulatory team and with Bellsouth’s legal department in Columbia.

Hutton Communications Inc. appointed John Schmidt director of business development for mobile and portable products. Schmidt was one of the founding owners and vice president of sales and marketing for SMC ElectroMount. He also has worked as an independent sales representative selling mobile communications equipment and is a former Motorola Inc. sales representative.

Evy Smith was named to the new position of vice president of marketing at Centennial Communications Inc. Smith’s experience includes 10 years at Pacific Bell, four years with BellSouth Cellular and a year with British Telecommuications plc in London.

Qualcomm Inc. appointed Jack Dollard senior vice president for subscriber manufacturing where he will focus on production of Code Division Multiple Access subscriber products. Most recently, Dollard was vice president and general manager for Toshiba America’s Information Systems Manufacturing Division, where he was responsible for building a multiplant manufacturing operation delivering notebook, laptop and desktop computers, cellular phones, copiers, fax machines and disk drives.

Freddie Sanders is the new vice president of sales and marketing for DiGiPH PCS, a personal communications services licensee for areas in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Sanders will be responsible for the company’s sales and marketing programs, distribution network and objectives for marketing the company’s products and services. He joins the company from AT&T Wireless Services Inc.

Comsat Corp. promoted John Mattingly to president of Comsat World Systems. Mattingly’s responsibilities will include directing the satellite service operations of Comsat RSI that are not included in a planned sale of that division.

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