Test & Measurement

Piconi Packs His Bags

He's not the first, and he won't be the last. But he's certainly one of the biggest names to have departed Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) since the company was created last November. (See Alcatel-Lucent Stays Tight-Lipped.)

Rob Piconi, Lucent's fast-talking VP of broadband solutions, has joined test vendor Spirent Communications plc as president of the company's Performance Analysis-Broadband Division. (See Spirent Names New Exec.)

Piconi started at Spirent on Monday this week, replacing Barry Phelps, the former president of performance analysis solutions. Phelps left the company in June 2006 by mutual consent, according to a Spirent spokesperson.

Piconi was one of the main characters spearheading Lucent's IPTV, triple play, and IMS developments prior to the Alcatel marriage. He had also been heavily involved in Lucent's development of the MiViewTV IPTV service delivery platform, which was based on the Imagenio system inherited from Spanish carrier Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF). (See Lucent, Telefonica Team on IPTV and Lucent Unveils MiViewTV.)

Now, though, he's left Alcatel-Lucent behind, having made the decision to join Spirent in early January. Piconi notes that the decision to leave was his, and that he's not among the thousands of staff that are being let go as part of the Alcatel-Lucent consolidation process. The two vendors announced in April 2006 that about 10 percent of the combined workforce (8,800 to 9,000 people) would be made redundant following the completion of the merger. (See Alcatel, Lucent Seal Deal.)

That number looks set to rise following AlcaLu's preliminary fourth-quarter numbers and its plans to cut costs by an additional €200 million (US$261 million) during 2007 through unspecified "additional actions." (See Alcatel-Lucent Suffers Stock Shock .)

Alcatel-Lucent isn't providing any details about how many staff have been made redundant so far. In an emailed response to questions regarding headcount issues, the company stated: "The timing of the reductions will depend upon transition plans and local laws governing employment."

Now Piconi, who will be based in California, has found a new role in the industry with one of the telecom test sector's biggest players. Spirent, which reports its 2006 financials on March 1, is expected to report revenues greater than 2005's £259.3 million ($511 million). (See Spirent Reports H1 and Spirent Reports 2005.)

Spirent, though, is going through a difficult time just now. It has a new team in the boardroom following a pre-Christmas coup, with investors, staff, customers, and competitors all waiting to see what changes the new chairman, Edward Bramson, will implement. (See Spirent Suffers Boardroom Coup .)

— Ray Le Maistre, International News Editor, Light Reading

TriteReading 12/5/2012 | 3:15:53 PM
re: Piconi Packs His Bags Lets see if he can get Spirent out of the doldrums and fix their TestCenter, which has been late, unstable, and just not the draeam box that we were promised.
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