Kevin Packingham

Samsung this week named a new innovation chief for Samsung Telecommunications America, its mobile products division. Kevin Packingham, a 14-year industry veteran who was formerly CEO of Amerilink Telecom Corporation, is Samsung's new senior vice president of product innovation.

This spring, an executive from a Chinese telecommunications equipment company made an intriguing job offer to a Silicon Valley software engineer. The Chinese company, Huawei Technologies, wanted to get into the booming market for Internet-based computing, and it had just moved its United States research headquarters here to capture some of the best local talent.

“How many engineers would you like for your team? Several hundred? That’s not a problem,” the recruiter said, according to the engineer.

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