Sony Ericsson names new CTO

Sony Ericsson's current CTO Mats Lindoff will leave the company at the end of the month and the firm's deputy CTO and head of technology for the Americas division Ron Louks will replace him beginning April 1.

Lindoff, who has been with the company for six years, will leave to "pursue other opportunities outside Sony Ericsson."

A Sony Ericsson executive in the Asia-Pacific region recently said that he expects the company to return to profitability in the second half of the year, and join Nokia and Samsung as the top three handset vendors in the world by 2011. The company posted a $246 million loss for the fourth quarter of 2008, down from a profit of $495 million in the year-ago period. 

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