Palm Hires New Head of Engineering

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Palm, Inc. has just announced that a man with extensive experience developing mobile phones will be its senior vice president, engineering.

Michael R. Farese is now responsible for all engineering programs associated with new product development.

He brings to Palm more than 20 years’ experience in the development of wireless telecommunication products at such leading handset companies as Ericsson, Motorola, and Nokia.

This includes work on some of the first GSM world phones and TDMA digital smartphones in the industry.

“We’re delighted to have someone like Mike on board with so much depth and breadth in the mobile handset space,” said Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer. “His understanding of technology ranges from the component level all the way up to the developing 3G networks.”

Past Experience

Prior to joining Palm, Farese was president and chief executive officer of WJ Communications, a leading provider of semiconductors for the wireless industry. He also served as president and chief executive officer for Tropian Inc., a provider of ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) for GSM cellular networks and for 3-G UMTS/W-CDMA cellular networks.

He also has held management positions at ITT Corp. and AT&T Corp., and engineering positions at Bell Laboratories.

Farese received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic.

A New HR Manager, Too

Palm has also named Rena Lane its senior vice president, human resources.

Lane is responsible for worldwide human resources and brings more than 15 years’ experience of human-resources leadership.

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