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August 27, 2007 at 12:38 PM

Former T-Mobile COO on the move

Former T-Mobile USA Chief Operating Officer Sue Swenson, who left the Bellevue company under strained circumstances, has landed a new job under the same title at New Motion of Irvine, Calf.

If you don’t remember, T-Mobile filed suit against Swenson about two years ago, accusing her of violating a noncompete provision. An agreement stipulated she would not work for a competitor for a year after leaving T-Mobile and that she would not disclose confidential materials to third parties.

The lawsuit was filed the same day that Amp’d Mobile — a wireless startup in Los Angeles — said Swenson would become its new chief operating officer.

Amp’d attempted to skirt Swenson’s noncompete agreement by firing her as COO and then rehiring her as the president of Amp’d Mobile’s International division, but that didn’t work and a judge barred Swenson from working at Amp’d.

Swenson waited a year until her noncompete provision expired and then she rejoined Amp’d in the fall of 2006. About six months later, she encountered even worse luck when Amp’d filed for bankruptcy and went out of business.

Her new job at New Motion, a digital entertainment products company that is listed on the over-the-counter bulletin board, also sounds a little temporary.

According to a document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Swenson’s employment agreement has a term of two years.

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