Lucent Converges Business Units

Lucent combines its fixed and wireless units; Cindy Christy will head the new Network Solutions Group

April 19, 2005

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MURRAY HILL, N.J. -- Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today announced that it is simplifying the company's operations by combining the mobility and wireline businesses into a single group. Its services business will remain as a separate group. The change will enable the company to move more quickly and cost-effectively to capture the market opportunities being created by the growing demand for blended lifestyle services.

"In an increasingly dynamic industry this is a logical next step. As I spend time with customers, it is clear that creating new and valuable end-user broadband services is top of mind. Lucent has been focused on the vision, the architectures, the portfolio and the solutions across our businesses that enable rapid delivery of these new services. This new alignment will improve our efficiency and time to market with end-to-end solutions by further standardizing our processes and product platforms consistent with an IMS-based architecture," said Lucent Technologies Chairman and CEO Patricia Russo.

"Additionally, we will realize clear benefits in terms of speed, innovation and further improvements to our cost and expense structure by integrating resources and simplifying the business. At the same time, we remain committed to investing in and pursuing those high-growth areas where we have strong technology and market expertise such as next-gen optical, VoIP and mobile high-speed data," said Russo.

Cindy Christy, formerly president of Lucent's Mobility Solutions business, will head the combined business that will be called the Network Solutions Group. For the past year, Christy has led Lucent's Mobility business during a time when customers have been transitioning their networks to offer mobile high-speed data solutions. Under her leadership, the business has strengthened its worldwide CDMA leadership and gained momentum in deploying 3G networks, including the company's first inroads into UMTS deployments. In her new role, effective immediately, she will have responsibility for the overall business management of Lucent's complete portfolio of products and applications.

Janet Davidson, formerly president of Lucent's wireline business known as Integrated Network Solutions, takes the role as head of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. As Lucent's chief strategy officer, Davidson will be responsible for working with the company's senior leadership team to evolve Lucent's strategy in a rapidly changing industry. She also will lead the company's intellectual property and network operations software businesses. Davidson brings to this position excellent customer relationships, a broad knowledge of networks and a deep understanding of technology and how to drive product development.

Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS), headed by John Meyer, will remain a separate group. With the most experienced network services organization in the industry, LWS will continue providing a comprehensive suite of professional, deployment, operations and maintenance services for multivendor networks across the industry.

Jeong Kim rejoins Lucent as Bell Labs president

Russo also announced that Jeong Kim, the former chief executive and founder of Yurie Systems, which Lucent acquired in 1998, will rejoin Lucent as president of Bell Labs. He will succeed Bill O'Shea, who is retiring after 33 years of service to the company.

"I am delighted to welcome Jeong back to Lucent," continued Russo. "With his considerable experience, entrepreneurial spirit and proven track record in both commercializing new technology and leading high-performance technical teams, he will help ensure that Bell Labs continues to provide Lucent with a competitive advantage. I also have asked Jeong to lend his expertise and relationships with a variety of government agencies to help us grow our sales opportunities with the U.S. government."

Kim originally joined Lucent Technologies in May 1998 when Lucent acquired Yurie Systems, a global leader in data networking access technology at the time. After joining Lucent, Kim became president of Lucent's Broadband Carrier Networks where he oversaw the planning, administration, R&D, worldwide marketing and sales, and operations for Lucent's carrier ATM and IP router product lines. Before leaving Lucent in 2001 to pursue other business, entrepreneurial and academic interests, Kim was head of the company's Optical Networking Group responsible for the development, marketing and manufacturing of Lucent's optical networking systems.

Kim holds a Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in Technical Management and bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins.

Bell Labs President Bill O'Shea to retire

In addition to his role as president of Bell Labs, Bill O'Shea was also executive vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development. He played a key role in creating and leading Lucent's strategy and helping to shape the company's next-generation networking vision. O'Shea was named president of Bell Labs in October 2001.

"I want to thank Bill for his significant contributions to Lucent through the years," said Russo. "Throughout his illustrious career, Bill has touched every aspect of the business including sales, marketing, strategy, business development and research. His deep understanding of technology, insight into changing market dynamics and keen intellect have been invaluable assets to the business.

"Under Bill's leadership Bell Labs' legacy of innovation, R&D excellence and scientific leadership was enhanced through the delivery of breakthrough technologies to the market that cut across a wide spectrum of disciplines, including wireless high-speed data and spectral efficiency, network security and reliability, and nanotechnology," added Russo.

O'Shea will continue to provide strategic counsel to Lucent's leadership team and will retire upon the completion of a smooth transition period. Kim takes on the duties of Bell Labs president effective immediately.

Lucent Technologies Inc.

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