Lori Craven, who joined Tekelec as vice president and general manager of the Network Systems Division, is the new chief operating officer of Tekelec.

The communications gear developer is based in Calabasas, CA, and has a major operation in RTP.

Craven has also acted as head of the Global Sales and Marketing Group. She worked for Lucent as vice president of mobility solutions before coming to Tekelec. Craven replaces David Heard, who left the company to pursue other interests, the company said in a statement.

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