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Huawei Canada executive leaves post as a review of company grows

NEW YORK/OTTAWA (Reuters) – One of Huawei Canada’s top executives on Friday announced he was leaving his post after more than seven years with the Chinese telecommunications-equipment maker, who is faced with an increased control over problems with the security of Canada and its allies.

FILE PHOTO: Huawei Canada’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs Scott Bradley is out after the B. C. Supreme Court bail hearing of the Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was released on a $10 million bail in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

Scott Bradley mentioned his departure as the company’s senior vice president of corporate affairs, in a post on LinkedIn that gave no reason for the move. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

Huawei Technologies Co is under intensive monitoring in the West about the relationship with the Chinese government and the US-led allegations that the equipment may be used by Beijing for spying.

On Friday sources told Reuters that Poland arrested a Huawei employee and former Polish security official on accusations of spying, a move that could lead to Western concerns about the safety of the company’s technology.

Bradley was one of the main public spokesperson for Huawei Canada, in the spotlight since the Canadian authorities in December arrested the chief financial officer of the parent company at the request of the United States.

Huawei is one of the largest suppliers of telecommunications equipment in Canada, where Bradley had served as chairman of the 5G Canada Council, a national trade group promoting the introduction of next-generation high-speed wireless technology.

The Canadian government last year launched a new security review of the Huawei’s 5G technology, which is at least two major Canadian air carriers have said that they plan to test in small-scale pilots.

Bradley will serve as special advisor of the company, assisting the company “if needed” Huawei Canada President Eric Li said in a memo to staff that was obtained by Reuters.

“We are saddened to see him depart, but grateful for the tireless work he has put in to help us grow our brand and image, and build different relationships with the government,” Li said.

Bradley confirmed on LinkedIn that he intended to advise the company.

“If we start 2019, it is time for a change,” Bradley said in the post. “I continue to believe passionately in all of the values of our Canadian team represents, and I believe that our team is one of the most innovative in the world.”

Jim Finkle in New York and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Tom Brown

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