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Arris CEO McClelland to Become COO of CommScope Post Merger

Arris CEO Bruce McClelland will transition to chief operating officer of CommScope, as the latter prepares to close on its $7.4 billion acquisition of Arris.

Meanwhile, Morgan Kurk, the current COO of Hickory, N.C.-based CommScope, will shift over to become chief technology officer of the combined company.

Related: Arris Shareholders Sign Off on $7.4B Acquisition by CommScope

CommScope’s leadership announcement didn’t address the fate of Arris’ top technology executives: Charles Cheevers, CTO of customer premises equipment; Tom Cloonan, CTO of network solutions; and Mehmet Yavuz, CTO of the Ruckus Networks division.

“The addition of Arris and Ruckus to form the new CommScope will enhance our technology leadership throughout the network from the core, through the access, to the edge,” Kurk said in a statement. “I look forward to helping unlock this potential by driving tighter integration across the company and leadership through the ecosystem.”

Added Eddie Edwards, CommScope president and CEO, in a statement.

“We continue to make progress to bring CommScope and ARRIS together and ensure we are better positioned to capitalize on emerging trends, including network convergence, fiber and mobility everywhere, 5G, and Internet of Things.”

“Bruce and Morgan will play pivotal roles in leading our combined companies into a successful future,” Edwards added. “I look forward to working with both of them, along with the entire CommScope management team, in the years to come as we drive profitable growth in new and growing markets, provide end-to-end wired and wireless communications infrastructure solutions and deliver enhanced value to our shareholders.”

The deal was announced in October and approved by Arris shareholders late last month.