(NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications
networks, today announced two leadership appointments effective following the
completion of CommScope’s acquisition of ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ:
closing, ARRIS Chief Executive Officer Bruce McClelland will join the CommScope
leadership team as chief operating officer; and Morgan Kurk, CommScope’s
current chief operating officer, will become chief technology officer of the
combined organization. Kurk and McClelland will report to Eddie Edwards,
CommScope president and chief executive officer.
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continue to make progress to bring CommScope and ARRIS together and ensure we
are better positioned to capitalize on emerging trends, including network convergence,
fiber and mobility everywhere, 5G, and Internet of Things,” said Edwards.
“Bruce and Morgan will play pivotal roles in leading our combined companies
into a successful future. I look forward to working with both of them, along
with the entire CommScope management team, in the years to come as we drive
profitable growth in new and growing markets, provide end-to-end wired and
wireless communications infrastructure solutions and deliver enhanced value to
am very excited to be part of the ARRIS/CommScope combination and look forward to
joining such a talented team,” said McClelland. “Since announcing the
transaction in November, we have worked closely with Eddie and the CommScope
leaders developing detailed plans to capitalize on the incredible opportunities
ahead and deliver a seamless transition. I am proud of the hard work and
dedication of the ARRIS and CommScope employees. The combined company will aim
to shape the future of communication networks for customers around the world
and make CommScope one of the most recognized names across the technology
“The network architectures that fuel our
customers’ businesses are rapidly evolving and converging in a quest for
improved speed and efficiency,” said Kurk. “The addition of ARRIS and
Ruckus to form the new CommScope will enhance our technology leadership
throughout the network from the core, through the access, to the edge. I look forward to helping unlock this
potential by driving tighter integration across the company and leadership
through the ecosystem.”
On November 8, 2018, CommScope announced
an agreement to acquire ARRIS International plc in an all-cash transaction for $31.75 per share, or a
total purchase price of approximately $7.4 billion, including the repayment of
debt. As previously announced, following completion of the combination, Eddie
Edwards will continue in his role as president and chief executive officer of
CommScope, with other members of the ARRIS leadership team joining the combined
company. The transaction remains on
track to close in the first half of 2019.
McClelland has served as chief executive officer and a member of the ARRIS
board of directors since September 2016. McClelland is responsible for ARRIS’
strategy—driving the company's leadership in video, broadband and wireless. He
is the architect of the company’s expansion into enterprise and vertical
markets and leads ARRIS’ vision of powering the digital world. Previously, he
served as president of ARRIS’ Network & Cloud and Global Services business.
His vision and strategy for the business was responsible for ARRIS’s broadband
network leadership—a key driver of the company’s global growth. Prior to
joining ARRIS, McClelland was responsible for the development of Nortel's
Signaling System #7 and Signal Transfer Point product lines as well as several
development roles within Nortel's Class 4/5 DMS switching product line.
Kurk has served as CommScope executive vice president and chief operating
officer since 2018. He previously served as CommScope chief technology officer,
as well as senior vice president of the Wireless segment, including
responsibility for indoor, outdoor, and backhaul businesses. Kurk joined
CommScope in 2009 as senior vice president of the Enterprise business unit.
From 1997 to 2009, he held a variety of positions with Andrew Corporation and
one of its successors, including director of Business Development, vice
president of R&D, product line management, and Strategy, and vice president
and general manager of the Wireless Innovations Group. Prior to Andrew, Kurk
was employed by Motorola, where he was a hardware development engineer for base
stations and a product manager for a CDMA base station product line.
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