The duo announced late Monday that their marriage is set to be consummated by the end of this calendar year, a timescale reported by Light Reading in late June. That's well inside the originally stated deadline of April 2007. (See Lucatel: Full Steam Ahead.)
That positive news, though, is tempered by another update, this time on current trading. While Alcatel is in line, Lucent is not. (See Lucent Drags Down Alcatel.)
Behind those headlines, though, there is plenty of detail to digest, especially on the merger's anticipated cost synergies and the appointment of senior executives, who, according to industry sources, have been scrambling for the key positions in the merged company.
Taking the top jobs
Perhaps not surprisingly, as the merger is effectively a takeover of Lucent by Alcatel, executives from the French company are dominating the key roles named so far.
While the 14 board members -- other than chairman Serge Tchuruk (currently Alcatel CEO) and CEO Pat Russo -- have yet to be named, the day-to-day management team has a distinctly Gallic flavor.
Check out these "Lucatel Jobs Cheat Sheets" to see who's landed which plum roles.
Table 1: Lucatel Jobs Cheat Sheet: Management Team
|Name||Lucatel job||Current job|
|Pat Russo||CEO||CEO of Lucent|
|Etienne Fouques||Senior Executive Vice President of the Carrier Group||President of Alcatel Europe and South|
|Frank D'Amelio||Senior Executive Vice President Integration and Chief Administrative Officer||COO of Lucent|
|Jean-Pascal Beaufret||CFO||CFO of Alcatel|
|Claire Pedini||Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communication||Alcatel's Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources & Communications|
|Mike Quigley||President, Science Technology and Strategy||COO of Alcatel|
Table 2: Lucatel Jobs Cheat Sheet: Senior Executives
|Name||Lucatel job||Current job|
|Etienne Fouques*||Senior Executive Vice President of the Carrier Group||President of Alcatel Europe and South|
|Hubert de Pesquidoux*||Senior Executive Vice President of the Enterprise Business Group||President of Alcatel North America|
|John Meyer*||Senior Executive Vice President of the Service Business Group||Lucent's president of global sales and services|
|Mary Chan||Wireless Carrier Group, reporting to Etienne Fouques||Lucent's president of mobility R&D|
|Michel Rahier||Wireline Carrier Group, reporting to Etienne Fouques||Alcatel's president of fixed communications|
|Marc Rouanne||Convergence Carrier Group, reporting to Etienne Fouques||Alcatel's current president of mobile communications|
|Vince Molinaro||Head of Europe and North geographic region (see note 1)||Lucent's President of North American Sales|
|Olivier Picard||Head of Europe and South geographic region (See note 2)||Alcatel's President of Alcatel in France, Africa, Middle East and South Asia|
|Cindy Christy||Head of North America geographic region (See note 3)||Lucent's President, Network Solutions Group|
|Frederic Rose||Head of Asia/Pacific geographic region (See note 4)||President of Alcatel Asia Pacific|
|* Divisional head|
1) Europe & North includes UK, Nordics, Benelux, Germany, Russia and Eastern European countries
2) Europe & South includes France, Italy, Spain and other Southern European countries, Africa, Middle East, India and Latin America
3) North America includes the United States of America, Canada and the Caribbean
4) Asia Pacific includes China, Northeast Asia, South East Asia and Australia
A couple of individual appointments are worth noting. Marc Rouanne's role as head of the Convergence Carrier Group, reporting to Etienne Fouques, senior executive VP of the Carrier Group, means he has responsibility for "convergence technologies," such as UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access), which is being deployed by carriers for call handover between mobile networks and home-gateways/public-WLAN hotspots, and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). That looks as if it could be an interesting challenge. (See Can Alcatel & Lucent Avoid an IMS Mess?)
And according to an industry source, the elevation of Fouques, an Alcatel veteran of 34 years, to the senior management team and as head of the carrier business (following Mike Quigley's decision to take a lesser role), is a surprise. He had been expected to retire soon.
For those scratching their heads at the appointment of Lucent's North American head of sales, Vince Molinaro, as Lucatel's regional manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Molinaro does have European experience. He spent six years in the Netherlands in the mid- to late-90s in various roles for Lucent, including a two-year stint as COO of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
These appointments still leave Lucatel to announce a chief technology officer (CTO) and chief marketing officer (CMO). And the executives currently running the two integration teams -- Alcatel's Christian Reinaudo and Lucent's Janet Davidson -- will need to find themselves permanent seats to fill.
Among the current Alcatel and Lucent senior personnel without an assigned Lucatel post to date are Lucent's CMO John Giere and his Alcatel counterpart Alan Mottram; Alcatel's CTO Olivier Baujard; Alcatel's president of private communications (enterprise technology) Olivier Houssin; Lucent's CFO John Kritzmacher; Lucent's president of developing markets, James Brewington; and the U.S. vendor's relatively new president of Europe, Andy Williams.
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