Nortel Adds Another Enterprise Chief
Malcolm Collins, a ten-year Nortel veteran and former head of the firm's U.K. and Northern European Region, is immediately taking the helm of Enterprise Networks, which became a distinct entity in a company realignment last October (see Plastina Out in Nortel Reshuffle).
The appointment doesn't mean, though, that Oscar Rodriguez, the president of Enterprise Solutions per October's announcement, will be going anywhere. He's staying on in his present job, responsible for "business strategy and investment, and product strategy, execution, and delivery," according to Nortel spokesman David Chamberlin.
There also are two other presidents alongside him who continue to function as before: Robert Burke stays put as president of Enterprise Marketing, "responsible for Enterprise Solution and channel marketing," per Chamberlin; Steve Schilling continues as president of Enterprise Accounts (sales).
According to Chamberlin, the appointment of Collins should be no surprise, because the new division is named Enterprise Networks. Oscar Rodriguez was chosen as president and GM of Enterprise Solutions. There's a difference: Solutions is products only. Networks oversees the presidential triumvirate of solutions, marketing, and sales.
Collins will have "end-to-end responsibility for all elements of Nortel Networks Enterprise business -- including business development, products, marketing, and sales," according to Chamberlin.
So who's been president of Enterprise Networks before now? Frank Dunn, says Chamberlin. The CEO himself stood in as overseer of the division until another honcho was found.
Chamberlin gave no reason at press time why the clarification between Networks and Solutions wasn't made in the October 3 announcement, or why Nortel didn't initially announce its intent to hire another executive to rule the division.
Another source at Nortel says the hiring of Collins reflects the company's commitment to the enterprise space. Nortel has decided to throw global expertise at this segment (which Collins clearly has) and to put in as much executive muscle as possible.
"We're serious about the enterprise space. We wanted global expertise and to round out leadership," says spokeswoman Ann Fuller. Nortel wants to go head to head with Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) in what it sees as a growing opportunity and a strategic market, she says.
Comments like these contradict speculation that Nortel may be grooming its Enterprise division to sell it. Tongues wagged most recently when Nortel revised some figures for the division in November (see Nortel Shuffles the Numbers). "We are committed to the long-term success and growth of our Enterprise Networks business," Dunn is quoted as saying in today's release.
But what about Enterprise Solutions?
— Mary Jander, Senior Editor, Light Reading