Jay Whitehurst, a long-time executive with Nortel, is joining rival Tekelec as the president and general manager of its switching solutions group.

Whitehurst worked for Nortel over a 20-year period, his last post being as executive vice president of wireless global operations. He left Nortel, joining Axes Technologies as vice president of sales, marketing and business development.

Tekelec’s switching solutions group is based in Plano TX.

Tekelec: www.tekelec.com