AlcaLu Hires Another New Exec

Ben Verwaayen is wasting no time in building a new management team at Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

Having already appointed a new executive to run the Americas region, Verwaayen, who took the reins at the giant vendor in early September, has brought in another new face, this time to run the company's newly created Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) unit. (See AlcaLu Appoints New Americas Exec and Verwaayen Takes the Helm at AlcaLu.)

Adolfo Hernandez, most recently senior vice president at the Global Services Practice of Sun Microsystems Inc. , will join AlcaLu on Dec. 1, taking control of the sales and operations functions in the vendor's largest geographic region by revenues: Europe alone generated 35 percent of AlcaLu's third-quarter sales. Hernandez will report directly to Verwaayen.

The vendor stresses its new executive's "in depth industry experience in the Services business... [that will] bring new emphasis to our initiatives regarding customer care and improved profitability.” At Sun, Hernandez was responsible for global services revenue and worldwide business objectives.

Prior to joining Sun in 2002 he founded mobility solutions startup Civista Wireless. Before that he spent 11 years at IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in Germany and the U.K.

The appointment will leave long-time Alcatel executive Etienne Fouques with a lighter load: He took over as head of Europe, Africa, and Asia in August, following the defection of Frédéric Rose to Thomson S.A. (NYSE: TMS; Euronext Paris: 18453). From December, Fouques will be responsible for the Asia/Pacific region, which generated 18 percent of the vendor's revenues in the third quarter. (See Thomson Nabs AlcaLu Exec for CEO Role.)

Verwaayen hasn't yet finished tinkering with his top team, though. He stated late last month, as AlcaLu reported its third-quarter financials, that he would announce a new leadership team in mid-November. (See AlcaLu Down, But Not Out, in Q3.)

That announcement, says AlcaLu, will be made on Nov. 13, with some insiders anticipating a further influx of new blood and, potentially, an enhanced role for Basil Alwan, head of the company's successful IP division, who became head of "Portfolio Strategy" within AlcaLu's carrier business unit a year ago. (See AlcaLu Expands Alwan's Role.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

digits 12/5/2012 | 3:27:52 PM
re: AlcaLu Hires Another New Exec So it took the hire of an external person as CEO for Alcalu to get new blood... That's two senior external appointments in a week.

What will be really interesting is to see which of the 'old guard' -- the former Alcatel and Lucent folk -- who get to hang on to their jobs, or even get elevated from middle to upper management.

Wonder if Verwaayen will bring in any former BT colleagues to bring more carrier perspective into AlcaLu's strategy? Maybe he could do with hiring someone from a wireless operator if there's going to an increased determination to be a major player in LTE.
gocowboys 12/5/2012 | 3:27:49 PM
re: AlcaLu Hires Another New Exec From what I hear, the Lucent management is slowly being pushed aside/out. There are some very good managers from the Alcatel side, but many of the top leaders and technologists in the US were pushed out during the Lucent acquisition. In addition, the organizations remain very political with heavy control from Europe.

Ben has quite a bit of work to do in order to pump the water out of this Titanic. IMHO, they will likely have to sell off pieces before this thing is over.
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