LONDON Ė Joergen Lantto, executive vice president and chief technology officer, at struggling mobile chip joint venture ST-Ericsson NV has decided to return to parent company Ericsson. ST-Ericsson (Geneva, Switzerland) did not state what post Lantto will hold at Ericsson.
The news was part of a management reshuffle announced by ST-Ericsson. The statement says Lantto's replacement as EVP and CTO will be appointed by Ericsson. The replacement will be announced shortly ST-Ericsson said.
At the same time ST-Ericsson announced that Ronen Ben-Hamou has been appointed as head of the companyís System Silicon Development and Thin Modem Solutions groups, reporting to CEO Didier Lamouche.
Prior to joining ST-Ericsson in April 2011, Ben-Hamou worked for ten years at Infineon Technologies AG where in his last role he was general manager of the entry phones business unit and general manager of SDR mobile platforms business. It is not clear whether Ben-Hamou spent any time employed at Intel Corp. which closed a deal to acquire Infineon's wireless business unit in January 2011.
Staffan Iveberg will remain as head of Thin Modem Solutions group, reporting to Ronen Ben-Hamou. Louis Tannyeres, previously in charge of the System Silicon Development group, will focus full-time on his strategic role as chief chip architect, reporting to Lamouche.
Ericsson has a long history of reshuffling and restructuring - so I am not surprised in the least. Sad to say sometimes they even go full circle - ie reshuffling all the way back to the starting point.