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

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:47:20 AM
re: Lucatel Names More Execs I know Lucent's Pat Russo will be CEO, but do Alcatel execs hold the balance of power in Lucatel?

Or is it really evenly split?

And will Janet Davidson be able to find herself a job beyond helping with the merger process?
OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 3:47:14 AM
re: Lucatel Names More Execs I think that ALA execs are lining up with Q to let Pat hold the power and do the dirty deeds and then in a year or two return with a better strategy. After all the ALA products are in the customer implimentation stage and merging earns more margin so a new strategy isn't needed yet.

But then Janet waits in the weeds.

OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 3:46:52 AM
re: Lucatel Names More Execs I received this in an email from a Lucent'eer' and thought it was appropriate;

Alcatel and Lucent decided to have a Lucatel canoe race on the Missouri River.

Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance
before the race.

On the big day, Alcatel won by a mile.

Lucent Corp., very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat.

A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was Alcatel had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the Lucent team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

So Lucent's management hired a consulting company referred to them by the U.S. Government and paid them a large amount of stock holders money for a
second opinion.

The consultants advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

To prevent another loss to Alcatel, Lucent's rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized into 3 steering supervisors, 1 area
steering superintendents, 1 publicity manager, 1 HR diversity coordinator, 1 CWA union rep, and a

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.

It was called the "Rowing Team Quality First Program," with a lunch and a free company pen for the rower.

There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes, and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and performance-tied bonuses but that decision was held up in committee.

The next year Alcatel won by two miles.

Humiliated, Lucent's management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment.

The money from all sales and all forecasted moneys saved from further competition was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India.

Just for sanity sake.

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