Lucatel Names More Execs
Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CGEP:PA) and Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) have appointed more senior executives to key roles to the vendor giant they will create when they complete their merger, a process due to happen before the end of 2006. (See Lucatel Clears Euro Hurdle and Alcatel, Lucent Seal Deal.)
Earlier this month the two companies announced a host of appointments at "Lucatel," and now they've filled in some of the key gaps. (See Lucatel: New Team, Old Faces.)
Alcatel execs land tech, strategy roles
Alcatel's current Chief Technology Officer, Olivier Baujard, will retain that role at the merged entity. He has been at Alcatel for 18 years and was VP of corporate strategy until he took on the CTO role in January 2005 following Niel Ransom's resignation. His responsibilities, though, will not include Bell Labs , where Jeong Kim will remain as president. (See Alcatel Appoints Olivier Baujard as CTO and Ransom Quits as Alcatel CTO.)
Alcatel's current VP of corporate strategy, Helle Kristoffersen, will also retain her role at Lucatel. She has previously held roles in economic analysis, marketing, and business development at Alcatel, and has been at the company for 12 years.
Baujard, Kim, and Kristoffersen will all report to management team member Mike Quigley, who, as Lucatel's President, Science Technology and Strategy, will be the giant vendor's technology Yoda.
Quigley, who has recently hit back at suggestions that he is unhappy at the management setup for Lucatel, had originally been named as COO, but has opted for a more strategic role. (See Inside Lucatel: Quigley's Not Mad at Pat and Quigley Steps Down as Lucatel COO.)
Lucent execs to head marketing, IT
Lucent's Chief Marketing Officer John Giere will retain that role at Lucatel. He joined Lucent from Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) in December 2003. There's no indication as yet whether Alcatel's CMO, Alan Mottram, will figure in Lucatel's senior management roster. (See Your CMO Is Who?)
Giere's current colleague, Lucent's Chief Information Officer, Elizabeth Hackenson, will lead Lucatel's Information Systems / Information Technology organization. Hackenson is a newcomer to Lucent, having joined in April this year from MCI -- now part of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) -- where she was also CIO.
Giere and Hackenson will report to Lucatel COO Frank D'Amelio, who, according to the two vendors, "will oversee a number of key corporate and cross company functions for the combined company." ("Don't mess with Frank" appears to be the key message here.)
Lucent announced its third-quarter results today (Wednesday), while Alcatel's latest financials will hit the wires early Thursday.
— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading