AlcaLu Expands Alwan's Role

"Help me, Basil Alwan. You're our only hope... "

Basil Alwan, president of the IP division in Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s Carrier Business Group, has been handed an extended role as part of the vendor's recent executive shakeup. (See AlcaLu Revamps Its Carrier Business.)

Alwan, who joined Alcatel when the French firm acquired router startup TiMetra in 2003, is now also head of "Portfolio Strategy" within AlcaLu's carrier business unit. That role is one of a number of "global functions," which have not been publicly announced, that have been awarded as part of the vendor's recent reorganization.

Responding to questions about Alwan's new role, AlcaLu said: "In addition to Basil leading the company’s IP Business Division within the Carrier group, Michel Rahier [head of Carrier group] has also created a Carrier portfolio strategy function to anticipate market and technology evolution in our global Carrier network strategy and to optimally leverage our wireless, wireline and convergence assets across the Carrier product portfolio. In this role, Basil will work closely with the Corporate Strategy team to ensure overall Alcatel-Lucent alignment."

Many of the other "global functions" posts relate to company-wide operational functions such as human resources, business processes, supply chain management, and procurement. The one other technology development global role is Mary Chan's role as the head of wireless networks, an appointment that was announced at the end of October when AlcaLu revamped its Carrier group to create seven divisions.

Alwan, who was voted our most popular "Mover & Shaker" by Light Reading's readers earlier this year, has been at the helm of Alcatel's growth in the IP equipment market ever since the TiMetra acquisition four years ago. (See AlcaLu Exec Wins Popularity Contest.)

At that time the vendor had zero market share in the router market. Now AlcaLu commands a top-three spot, behind Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), still the clear market leader, but right up with, and often ahead of, Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), with a market share of anything up to 24 percent, according to some research house calculations. (See Who Makes What: Ethernet/IP Equipment 2007 and AlcaLu No. 2 in IP Edge.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

gocowboys 12/5/2012 | 2:58:47 PM
re: AlcaLu Expands Alwan's Role Basil is a good manager, but I don't think that he has a big enough bucket to bail out this leaking ship. I don't think much of Rahier though...and Pat has to go. I am just glad that I don't own the stock.
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 2:58:46 PM
re: AlcaLu Expands Alwan's Role Timetra's come a long way since Alcatel bought them for $150:
There were certainly a lot of doubters at the time, ("spent too much" "too risky" "no real product" "Alcatel will destroy them") yet I've heard their product has been responsible for at least a billion in sales for Alcatel.

Not too bad. But the hardest test is yet to come. Can they survive AlcaLu?
OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 2:58:46 PM
re: AlcaLu Expands Alwan's Role Basil and the Ausie would have made a good team, techy/product and system/businessman. Both visionaries. So gocowboy 'The Bucket's Got A Hole In It'


PS: Old NO Dixieland Jazz song. http://www.amazon.com/gp/music...

gocowboys 12/5/2012 | 2:58:45 PM
re: AlcaLu Expands Alwan's Role From what I understand, Alcatel pretty much left them alone and let them succeed. Usually, large companies destroy their acquisitions by intrusion. In addition, the one missing piece to the IPTV puzzle was clearly a carrier class router. That all being said, Basil has done a good job and deserves recognition. But you need to plug the holes in the hull and not sing while you bail. Everyone...in the key of C.
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