Nortel Hires a Statesman

Nortel Networks Ltd. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) has moved swiftly to fill the board seat vacated by former CEO Frank Dunn by naming former Canadian Deputy Prime Minister John Manley as a new company director (see Nortel Board Gets Manley and Dunn's Done With Nortel ).

The 54-year-old, who is set to become a counsel at Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP, has no direct experience of the telecom industry, but has dealt with Nortel in the past as an industry minister with responsibility for the telecom sector.

Manley told the Ottawa Citizen that, having announced his retirement from politics, he was looking for something "with stress attached to it."

Manley was one of three candidates competing to lead Canada's Liberal Party last year, but stood down from the race last July and announced last November he would retire from politics at the general election this June.

He also told the paper that he'd done his own "due diligence" on Nortel before accepting the post. An attention to detail, especially regarding financial matters, is just what Nortel investors will be looking for at present (see Nortel Gets Federal Subpoena, Nortel Fires CEO, Canadian Regulator Probes Nortel, and SEC Pops In on Nortel).

As the Liberal member of Parliament for Ottawa South since 1988, Manley has had plenty of experience as a senior politician in Canada, having held numerous government positions, including Minister of Finance.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Editor, Boardwatch

dljvjbsl 12/5/2012 | 1:42:09 AM
re: Nortel Hires a Statesman The rumbling sound that you hear in the distance is coming from Canada. it is the sound of the geeks who read this board rolling on the floor laughing.

Someone has described a Liberal politician as a statesmen.

The Liberal party has recently given the English language two new words. Ask a Canadian about the meaning of the words:




Also ask him about how many Liberals does it take to carry bags of expensive watches on airplanes or how to get the Liberal government to you twice for the same report. Ask him where the reports and watches are now.

Liberals as statesmen -- Sows as silk purses more likely
OptixCal 12/5/2012 | 1:42:03 AM
re: Nortel Hires a Statesman Nortel hired a politician? Oh yeah, this'll work! Isn't this like replacing a flat tire with another flat tire? Time to sell my Nortel stock and buy Nortel competitors' stock.
heretoday 12/5/2012 | 1:42:02 AM
re: Nortel Hires a Statesman Don't forget they also hired a 4 star admiral as the CEO...former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff....Admiral Bill Owens....Political leaders and military leaders...
edgecore 12/5/2012 | 1:41:57 AM
re: Nortel Hires a Statesman Maybe Nortel can find a place for Micheal Jackson as well before Paul Martin puts him in his Cabinet!

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