Christy Quits AlcaLu

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has lost another big executive this week, but this one says she's stepping down for personal reasons "unrelated to the business."

Cindy Christy (also known in hyphenated name circles as Cynthia Christy-Langenfeld) was president of AlcaLu's America's Region, which includes the Caribbean and Latin America, but not Wales. Christy sent an email to staff today saying she was stepping down after a 20-year career with the various iterations of Lucent.

The news comes only days after Ben Verwaayen took over as CEO of the giant vendor. (See Verwaayen Takes the Helm at AlcaLu and The Diary of Ben V., Age 56.)

Christy started her career in 1988 at AT&T Network Systems, which later became Lucent, which now exists as Alcatel-Lucent (read: "Alcatel Minus Lucent").

An AlcaLu spokeswoman confirmed Christy's departure and noted that she was unavailable to speak with Light Reading. Well, some things never change, eh?

Few know this, but Christy actually did attempt a resignation earlier this year -- back in June -- but was swayed by Her Majesty, then CEO Pat Russo, to stay on throughout the search for a new chief executive, Light Reading sources close to the situation say.

AlcaLu's PR squad denied to Light Reading that the resignation had taken place at the time, but only because it hadn't actually been made official. This all matters because the series of events helps to back up the idea that Christy's departure was unrelated to AlcaLu's management change.

Christy's duties will be taken over, for the time being, by James V. Cocito, chief operating officer, North Americas Region, who has been with Alcatel-Lucent since November 2006.

— Phil Harvey, Editor, Light Reading

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:33:02 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu Kinda like a Nortel, the folks we're seeing take over for the long-timers are increasingly people who have been at the company less than 5 years.

While Nortel hasn't take over the world, the culture there is changing and it is obvious to the outside. How long do you think it'll take ALU to go back to being as vibrant a place as Alcatel was before the acquisition?
sjd6 12/5/2012 | 3:33:01 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu As I recall Cindy Christy made some brilliant decisions for Lucent like giving away business to Cisco instead of using internal Lucent products, causing product lines to be cut, layoffs, etc. Good riddance.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:33:00 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu any specifics you care to relay?
att_dna 12/5/2012 | 3:32:58 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu I can back up sjd6' claim....one time one of the Chinese customer tested and qualified LU's PDSN only to learn that the product line is cancelled and replace with a 'partner' product angering not only LU's folks but even the customer who spent months testing the product.
flam 12/5/2012 | 3:32:57 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu Hopefully the other (w)hordes will follow her out the window.
ip-eng 12/5/2012 | 3:32:57 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu She left ... of was she asked to leave?
motorway 12/5/2012 | 3:32:56 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu Totally tasteless, flam.

Unlike many other Lucent execs., Cindy actually made huge contributions to the future of wireless. You may credit her for the vast market share CDMA enjoys in the US and in many parts of the world. How many can claim an impact close to that. She has an engaging personality and a sharp wit. She's probably leaving because she felt the frustration of the merger and the politics of Alcatel vs Lucent. I would say, if that is the case, she has more principles than many on these boards.
jwmarc 12/5/2012 | 3:32:54 PM
re: Christy Quits AlcaLu OK so the guy was a little rude...but to make the claim she is responsible for the market share growth of CDMA is a little far fetched.... CDMA was and is the technology of the like minded carriers..she just so happened to have product that worked and met the $$$ requirements...

I would have liked to have seen all legacy Lucent exec's removed years ago.. I think the feeling is shared by many.

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