Alcatel-Lucent’s Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Ben Verwaayen as CEO of the business. Philippe Camus has been appointed as the company’s non-executive Chairman as of 1 October, 2008. Verwaayen will also join the company’s Board of Directors.
Ben Verwaayen, 56, is a Dutch national and has intensive telecommunications and IT experience spanning many years. He was most recently known as CEO of BT, from February 2002 to 1 June 2008. Ben was formerly vice chairman of the management board of Lucent Technologies in the US, which he joined in September 1997. Prior to that, he worked with KPN in the Netherlands for nine years as president and managing director of its telecom subsidiary, PTT telecom. Before that, Ben worked for ITT, a predecessor of Alcatel.
Ben Verwaayen stated: “Alcatel-Lucent has a lot to offer: technological excellence, leading market positions worldwide, in developed as well as emerging countries and a strong customer focus. The company operates in a quickly changing market and therefore is evolving. I’m truly delighted to become the CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, leading a company with vast assets and great talents, while recognizing the difficulties and challenges ahead. I am committed to building significant and sustainable value for our shareholders, customers and employees.”
Philippe Camus, 60 is a French national and a US resident. He is a seasoned business leader whose international experience spans several industries. He was the co-CEO at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and managed a large, global business in the high-tech industry. He is Co-managing partner of Lagardère, an international media group, and a partner of Evercore Partners, a New York based investment and advisory firm.
Commenting on his appointment, Philippe Camus said: “Alcatel-Lucent is an undisputed worldwide leader in the telecommunications industry. I am looking forward to contributing to the Company’s strategic positioning in the context of an industry with challenges but also great opportunities. Our top priority with the Board will be to bring full support to Ben Verwaayen in his new mission.”
The Board commented in a written statement: “Philippe Camus and Ben Verwaayen are respected and experienced business leaders. Their understanding of this industry with its challenges and opportunities make them the perfect choice to lead and guide Alcatel-Lucent as it moves into this next stage in its development. Philippe Camus has experience in several high tech global industries, including the fast growing media sector, as well as in managing multi cultural environment. Ben Verwaayen’s years of experience in this industry have given him great insight into Alcatel-Lucent. He also has deep understanding of the industry trends and customer needs and is fully committed to innovation, technological excellence and unsurpassed customer service.”
Ben Verwaayen’s office will be in the company’s headquarters in Paris.