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Alcatel-Lucent Names New Mobile Chief

Ray Le Maistre
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Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has appointed Dave Geary, currently the head of its Wireline business, as the new president of its Wireless division effective Jan. 1, 2013.

He replaces Wim Sweldens, who is leaving the company. Alcatel-Lucent would not comment on whether Sweldens quit or was replaced.

Geary will be responsible for all mobile products, including the lightRadio portfolio that the vendor is hoping will make it a bigger player in the mobile infrastructure market. (See AlcaLu: We're Killing the Base Station .) And there's no doubt it could be bigger: According to the latest quarterly numbers from ABI Research , AlcaLu is the fourth-largest radio access network (RAN) vendor globally, with a 14.3 percent share of a market that was worth US$11.3 billion in the third quarter of 2012.

But it has a long way to go to catch up with the third-largest player, Nokia Networks , which, according to ABI's calculations, held a 22.4 percent share of the RAN market in the third quarter, just behind second place Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), with 22.9 percent. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is the current market leader, having secured a 24.3 percent share in the three months to the end of September.

Geary will report to Philippe Keryer, president of the newly formed Networks & Platforms Business Group. (The vendor recently announced a restructuring of its operations.) (See Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Revamp and Alcatel-Lucent Sharpens Its Focus.)

Previously at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Geary has been at Alcatel-Lucent for more than a decade, holding a number of positions, including president of the Switching Division, president of Application Solutions (Lucent), chief operating officer of Lucent's Integrated Network Solutions Group and senior VP of North American sales for Lucent's Service Provider Networks division.

Geary's replacement as head of the Wireline division will be Federico Guillén Moñino, an Alcatel veteran who is currently the vendor's business chief in Spain with responsibility for the Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) account.

For more on AlcaLu's wireless division:

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:17:32 PM
re: Alcatel-Lucent Names New Mobile Chief

Not surprising. Apparently they like to play musical chairs every year about this time of the year. 

User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:17:32 PM
re: Alcatel-Lucent Names New Mobile Chief
Most folks don't get to have this many job titles all of their career, but get real this many in ten years?
User Rank: Light Beer
12/4/2012 | 9:27:17 AM
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