At the time, Ericsson said Qureshi left to join another company but her LinkedIn profile doesn’t list a new job.
“Niklas has maximized his energy and time to put the customer first in North America for the past few months, as acting head of North America,” said Börje Ekholm, Ericsson president and CEO, in a statement. “Together, we decided that it made the most sense for our customers and our employees to make his role there permanent.”
For the time being, Heuveldop will also remain in his role as chief strategy officer, head of technology and emerging business at Ericsson. A company spokesperson said Ericsson is recruiting to fill this position.
Ericsson has about 11,500 employees in the U.S. and Canada. It’s headquartered in Plano, Texas, and has 31 office sites in North America.
In a statement, Heuveldop described North America as an “incredibly exciting” market. “We have successfully established unique partnerships with our customers in North America, allowing us to jointly pioneer new technologies across one of the most competitive markets in the world,” Heuveldop said. “I truly look forward to continuing to partner with our customers as they accelerate their digital transformation on the path to 5G and new business opportunities in IoT, for example.”
But it has also been stung by worse-than-expected earnings and reports that it may cut 25,000 employees outside of Sweden. This is part of a larger $1.2 billion cost-savings plan to re-establish profitability in 2018.
Ericsson today also said it expanded its relationship with data center and interconnection provider Equinix.
Under the deal, Ericsson will deploy its content delivery network, called Unified Delivery Network (UDN), in Equinix’s data centers and across its business ecosystem of network service, cloud and content providers, and enterprises.
The two companies will also work together on future projects, including possible collaboration on new technologies developed in Ericsson Silicon Valley. Ericsson did not provide any additional details about these new technologies.
Equinix operates more than 180 data centers across five continents servicing more than 9,500 companies. Ericsson UDN is currently deployed in 14 Equinix locations across Asia, America, and Europe. The content delivery network will be deployed in eight more locations this year.