BEIJING, Oct. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTStarcom Holdings Corp. ("UTStarcom" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: UTSI), a leading provider of broadband equipment and solutions, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Tianruo ( Robert) Pu, Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee and an independent director of the Board, as the Company's Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Pu replaces Ms. Jin Jiang, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Mr. William Wong, UTStarcom's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Pu to the management team. He brings to UTStarcom more than 15 years of financial and public company experience and has a proven track record of leading and enhancing companies' financial strategies. In addition, he has demonstrated his extensive financial expertise and strategic insight as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a Board member of UTStarcom. His experience, leadership, and familiarity with our business make him an ideal choice to help lead UTStarcom as we move on to the next phase of our transformation." In connection with the appointment, Mr. Pu has resigned from the Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and Compensation Committee, effective immediately. However, he will remain as a member of the Board of Directors. The Company has commenced a search for an additional independent Board member and expects to appoint one in the near future. Mr. Pu has been the Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee since March 2012 and has served as an independent director since November 2011. Mr. Pu brings nearly two decades of experience in corporate finance, accounting, and mergers and acquisitions as well as technology sector experience. From September 2008 to July 2012, Mr. Pu was the Chief Financial Officer of China Nuokang Bio-Pharmaceutical Inc., where he successfully led the company's IPO process and was responsible for its financial management and corporate strategy. Previously, Mr. Pu was the Chief Financial Officer of Global Data Solutions, a Chinese information technology services outsourcing company, which he joined in June 2006. Earlier in his career Mr. Pu was a management consultant with Accenture, CSC Consulting Group, and Mitchell Madison Consulting Group and worked as an auditor at Bernstein Brown CPAs. Mr. Pu received an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in 2000, a Master of Science degree in accounting from the University of Illinois in 1995, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from China Foreign Affairs College in 1992. Mr. Wong concluded, "I want to thank Ms. Jiang for her many significant contributions to UTStarcom during an important period in the Company's history. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors."