Douglas Gilstrap

Ericsson's new strategy chief: It's all good

August 11, 2009: 12:32 PM ET

image001Douglas L. Gilstrap, newly named head of strategy for Ericsson (ERIC) doesn't start his new gig until Oct 1, but it is pretty clear the U.S.-born Gilstrap aims to push the Swedish telecom equipment maker to do more deals like the $5 billion, seven-year contract it recently inked with Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint (S).

Gilstrap, a veteran of network operators such as Britain's Cable & Wireless, told Brainstorm Tech he thinks Ericsson has a great opportunity to help phone companies that are trying to manage lots of change: Consumer and business demand for broadband capacity continues to grow; meanwhile, operators are trying to migrate their networks to systems based on Internet Protocols and integrate and update networks they acquired over the years. The phone carriers also are looking for ways to keep their costs down. More

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