FT's CEO Under Pressure

8:10 AM -- France Telecom CEO Didier Lombard is under pressure to hand over the reins to his appointed successor soon, so that the carrier can start a new chapter afresh, according to the Financial Times. (See France Telecom Names CEO Elect.)

The carrier is due for a top team shakeup that will coincide with the unveiling of a large new company project, but Lombard is due to be the architect, and not a victim, of that executive revamp. (See Shakeup at France Telecom.) Lombard has been under intense scrutiny since last summer, when reports of low staff morale and employee suicides first became public. (See FT Signs 'Senior' Staff Deal, FT Suspends Restructuring, FT Responds to Suicides, France Telecom Under Fire, Photos: Protest & Unrest in France, and FT Reviews Health and Safety.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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