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AlcaLu Exit Door Swings Again

The management revamp at Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) continues, with another member of the post-merger senior executive team, Michel Rahier, packing his belongings and signing out.

His replacement is a "blast from the past," former Agere CEO John Dickson, who attracted both praise and criticism during his cost-cutting three-year stint at the chip firm's helm, which ended abruptly in October 2005. (See Agere Shines on CEO's Debut.)

Dickson is the latest in a stream of senior appointments made by AlcaLu's CEO Ben Verwaayen, who has been patiently building his own team since he took charge in 2008. (See Get Carter!, AlcaLu CEO: 'No Regrets', AlcaLu Names 4G Prez, AlcaLu Appoints Transformer, AlcaLu Names HP Alliance Head, AlcaLu's New Vision: More Convergence, Fresh Blood at AlcaLu, and AlcaLu Unveils New Leadership Team.)

And Alcatel veteran Rahier is the latest of the old guard to find the exit door. (See Mankiewich Out as AlcaLu Wireless CTO, DT Snaps Up Former AlcaLu Man , AlcaLu Names New CFO, and Christy Quits AlcaLu .)

He follows swiftly behind Andy Williams, the former head of Services who has just been replaced. (See AlcaLu Names Services Head.)

Rahier was for many years a senior executive in the network infrastructure team, including a spell as head of the Carrier Business Group, at the vendor, but found himself shunted into Operations when Pat Russo was replaced by Verwaayen. (See AlcaLu Unveils New Leadership Team and AlcaLu Revamps Its Carrier Business.)

Since then, Rahier has seen many of his former executive contemporaries replaced, and now, after 30 years at the company, it's his turn to relinquish a prime parking spot at the vendor's HQ.

As he pursues "other interests outside Alcatel-Lucent" (decipher that phrase at your leisure), Rahier's role is being taken by Dickson, who starts on May 10. He will "oversee the procurement, hardware and software supply chain, manufacturing, logistics, and real estate activities of the company."

While Dickson, a Brit (born in Sheffield, UK), is an external appointment, the new Operations man has historical connections with his new employer, having been CEO of Lucent Technologies' Microelectronics and Communications Technologies Group before it was spun out as Agere in 2002. Agere was eventually swallowed by LSI Corp. (NYSE: LSI) in 2007. (See LSI Gets Clearance and LSI to Buy Agere for $4B.)

Since his departure from Agere in 2005, Dickson has joined the boards of a number of chip vendors: He still holds directorships at National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) and Frontier Silicon .

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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