Harald Braun, a veteran executive in the networking industry, is taking over as the new chief executive officer at Harris Stratex Networks.

The company, which is based in RTP, sells turnkey wireless solutions.

Braun replaces Guy Campbell, who is retiring as of June 27.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to lead a global company with a long history of innovations, industry-recognized talent and very strong customer relationships," Braun said. "There is much to do to achieve the next level of growth for the company, and I am intensely focused on building shareholder value. I look forward to working with the entire Harris Stratex team to further solidify our position as an innovator and leader in markets around the world."

Harris Stratex (Nasdaq: HSTX) also named Braun to its board of directors. Braun most recently was a senior executive at Nokia Siemens Networks North America. At one time, he was president and CEO of Siemens Networks.

"After an extensive search, the board determined that Harald’s track record of strong leadership, coupled with his strategic orientation, knowledge of our markets and operational discipline, were an excellent fit,” said Charles Kissner, chairman of the Harris Stratex board.

Braun is the treasurer of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and also is a member of the Telecommunications Industry Association board. He attended the University of Aachen in Germany, receiving an engineering degree.

Harris Stratex works with customers in more than 135 countries.

Campbell was named president of Harris Corp.’s Microwave Communications Division in 2003. Following the merger of the Harris division with Stratex Networks in January of 2007, Campbell was named CEO.

Before joining Harris, Campbell worked 25 years at Andrew Corp., another network technology firm.