Get Carter!

8:45 AM -- In one of the more surprising appointments you're likely to read about this year, Stephen Carter, the architect of the U.K.'s "Digital Britain" report and former head of U.K. regulator Ofcom , has been appointed to the new post of Chief Marketing, Strategy, and Communication Officer at Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

Carter, who was also previously the managing director of British cable operator NTL (now Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED)), will join the Alcatel-Lucent management team in April.

He's been hired to help bring AlcaLu's new applications-centric vision into sharper focus. The vendor's CEO, Ben Verwaayen, stated: "A vital next step for our company is to transform our marketing and bring the Alcatel-Lucent strategy to life for our customers and for the market." Verwaayen added that he decided to Get Carter because "he will bring the leadership needed in these key areas."

Those who remember Carter's days at NTL might disagree.

That would be a matter of opinion, though. What's clearly not up for debate is that the 2000 remake of Get Carter, starring Sly Stallone, is infinitely inferior to the 1971 original starring Michael Caine as a contract killer with "unbridled hate." A classic.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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