Why? The source says he's the most senior Alcatel exec left standing, he's French, and he's "loved by all", meaning he's popular both inside the company, as well as with customers in Europe and the U.S.
Agreed, from what I know of him. I know he's well traveled, too. I met him once at a media event staged in AlcaLu's Plano, Texas, offices. He was running Alcatel North America then. Now he's the CFO and has charge of AlcaLu's entire enterprise business.
Worked here and there? Check. Financial background? Check. French-born and Paris educated? Check. What am I missing here?
Oh, one thing. Why not an outsider to increase the chances of a fresh perspective?
re: AlcaLu's Next CEO? While the French may not have a reputation for the best "out of the box" thinking, or as dynamic change artists, the American that currently holds the spot at AlcaLu hasn't exactly draped herself in glory in that regard. In fact, I would think that just about anyone else would be better than what is there now.
re: AlcaLu's Next CEO? "de" in this case generally means "of" - this can be "Son of" or "of <geographical reference="">". "Son of" can also be found in the use of "fitz" or "fils". "De" is general used in the geographical context.
It may be that a large number of families to follow this convention are descendents of nobility and those who governed these geographical areas. If this is true, it is highly diluted by now.
Perfect for the job - now all you need to do is start the search for his successor who is able to start in 2 years from now.
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