Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu

Don't say we didn't warn you, but Mike Quigley is officially leaving Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

Today AlcaLu announced the long-expected departure of Quigley, once Alcatel's president and COO, along with the not-so-expected departure of Frank D'Amelio, the company's chief administrative officer.

D'Amelio is taking the CFO job at Pfizer, which makes Pfarmaceuticals. And Quigley, whose final title at AlcaLu was President of Science, Technology and Strategy, has decided to leave the company and return to Australia, the company says in a statement today.

While definitely a bummer for the hordes of old Alcateliers loyal to Quigley, the analyst team at Dresdner Kleinwort notes that both Quigley and D'Amelio weren't being used to their potential by the current management team at AlcaLu. "In their current capacities, however, neither Quigley – renowned for his technology insights and project skills – nor D'Amelio – an articulate, numerate and powerful executive – had much influence on Alcatel-Lucent's operations," the analyst team writes in a note release today.

Not to say these gents weren't well liked and universally respected, but AlcaLu's CEO Pat Russo says their departures will be easily absorbed by the management ranks that remain.

"We are well served with a strong bench of top executive talent that we can draw upon as well as an extensive set of resources that we believe are unrivalled in the industry," says Russo, in a company statement.

While there's no doubt AlcaLu does have lots of talented managers, some can't help but wonder whether the departure of these two signals that something's amiss. Quigley and D'Amelio were the right-hand men to the CEOs of their previously standalone companies. And while Quigley's leaving was a little more expected, some analysts say its time to watch closely what's going on with AlcaLu.

"This is not a good sign for Alcatel-Lucent," says Heavy Reading analyst Sterling Perrin. "The loss of D’Amelio is much more surprising as he has been playing a critical role in the integration of the two companies, post merger, and I can’t see how this is a logical time to step down from that post."

Etienne Fouques, currently head of the Carrier Business Segment, will take over Quigley's Science, Technology and Strategy job, AlcaLu says in a statement. He will also oversee the Services Business that's headed by John Meyer.

Stepping in for Fouques at the Carrier Business Segment is Michel Rahier, the current head of the Wireline Business Group. AlcaLu says the individuals who previously reported to Fouques will now report to Rahier, so adjust your own org charts at home accordingly.

Christian Reinaudo, together with Janet Davidson, will take over Frank D'Amelio's job of making sure the Alcatel-Lucent integration is progressing as scheduled, while keeping the laugh-out-loud stories of corporate waste and confusion to a minimum.

AlcaLu shares were up $0.25 (2.35%) to $10.87 in mid-afternoon trading on Wednesday. The company's share price is down 24 percent year-to-date.

Quigley, a subject of many Light Reading articles and interviews, was always informative and a good sport, even when we were clearly getting on his nerves. Here's a quick recap of our Quigley coverage, starting with his promotion in 2005 to president and COO of Alcatel:

— Phil Harvey, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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hrdhtr 12/5/2012 | 3:03:35 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu Really????

Have another sip of the Kool-Aid Dot!!!

Your key word is "if", which has been the operative word since this train wreck left the station.
desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 3:03:34 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu delphi: How many IP routers does the world need?

I dunno - you think cisco/juniper are hurting selling IP routers? It's not a bad business to be in.

desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 3:03:34 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu No, the French with Alcatel heritage are the first string.

rahat.hussain 12/5/2012 | 3:03:33 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu "Cynthia Kay Christy-Langenfeld"

See, I really do know her, and hence stand by my opinion. ;-)

desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 3:03:33 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu tailpin: judgement?

Or judgment? Who cares if you get the spelling wrong? Or right :-)

But I agree - evaluation of executives isn't a spelling contest.

tailpin 12/5/2012 | 3:03:33 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu Dorothy,

First - "Cindi Christy and Hubert DePequidoux are two more leaders worth keeping an eye on."

Then - "Delphi - If you can't even spell Ron's name, how can you be so sure that you know the quality of all the talent in..."

Did you do that on purpose?

DePequidoux should be spelled de Pesquidoux. Should we trust the quality of your judgement?
venturecapital 12/5/2012 | 3:03:32 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu Pat's assurances to the contrary, ALUG«÷s bench strength is getting pretty week. A few years ago, there were a number of outstanding people among the senior officers of Alcatel: Ron Spithill who took AsiaPac and changed it from a rest-of-the-word region for Alcatel into a highly profitable showcase for the company and Jacques Dunogu+¨ who consistently grew AlcatelG«÷s business in Europe despite a series of problem products. Both are now gone, though they left during SergeG«÷s trailing reign, not PatG«÷s. Frankly, QuigleyG«÷s real strength is his ability to manage customers and the investment community. Alcatel strong relationship with AT&T (including the Project Lightspeed win) was directly a result the personal relationships Mike was able to establish with the senior officers at SBC. He is less of a technology leader than one able to recognize and reward that leadership in others (such as Basil Alwan). Of those that are left, Etienne Fouques is a good business manager but wouldnG«÷t pretend to be a technologist and is a bazaar choice for Science, Technology & Strategy. I can only presume he is there as a placeholder. Michel Rahier is someone who can clean up an organization, and this change may be a good one. My guess is that Pat will stay CEO as long as Serge remains Chairman, though probably not much longer. I donG«÷t see a strong choice of successor inside the company, and the board will probably need to recruit her replacement from outside.
crashnburn 12/5/2012 | 3:03:29 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu Lets not forget that they also ran off Steve Pickett who had true vision and was finally getting they optical ship turned in the right direction.
gocowboys 12/5/2012 | 3:03:29 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu Hmmm...Hubert drove his team hard and then threw many of them under the bus during the merger. He moved to the Enterprise Division and most of his staff either left or tried to find their own way through the politics. He had an extremely good team and that has given him visibility. Heir to the throne...I think not!

Michel has not cleaned up the organization and does not have the skill set to be considered for the CEO position.

I agree that succession talent will have to come from outside. I think that Mike grew tired of waiting for his turn...sad.

ip-eng 12/5/2012 | 3:02:39 PM
re: Quigley, D'Amelio out at AlcaLu "Cindi Christy and Hubert DePequidoux are two more leaders worth keeping an eye on."

I almost fell of my chair reading this. Comparing Cindy and Hubert is like comparing Quigley and Pat.

Hubert was not as good as Quigley but he sure knew how to motivate his people, and talk to the customers.

When/if Pat is asked to leave, she should take Cindy with her.

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