Tekelec (NASDAQ: TKLC), a global leader in telecommunications and network intelligence, announced the appointment of David R. Laube to the company’s board of directors on Wednesday, according to reports.

During his 17 years at U S WEST (now Qwest Communications), Laube held senior executive positions culminating as the vice president and chief information officer for U S WEST for five years. Laube, who earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in finance and is a CPA.

In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Colorado and is an executive-in-residence at the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Laube also serves on the board of directors for Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.

“Our board will benefit from Dave’s deep telecommunications experience and knowledge, and his experience on several public company boards,” said Mark A. Floyd, chairman of the board of directors of Tekelec.