Alcatel-Lucent gets new Chairman and new CEO

From the “everyone is replaceable” files”

Barely a month after reporting poor results and announcing the departure of both its CEO and Chairman of the Board, Alcatel-Lucent today announced new executive leadership.

Camus will become Chairman and Ben Verwaayen is being appointed as the company’s chief executive

Verwaayen replaces current CEO Pat Russo who had announced at the end of July that she would step down as soon as a replacement was found. Russo noted  back in July that it was time for Alcatel-Lucent to move beyond the merger phase which is why she was moving on. Verwaayen is no stranger to Lucent and was once the vice-chairman of the management board of Lucent
Technologies in the US. Most recently Verwaayen was the CEO of BT from February 2002 to
June 1, 2008.

Camus  was formerly the Co-CEO at European Aeronautic Defense and Space
Company (EADS).

Alcatel-Lucent has struggled since its 2006 merger and in its most recent financial results reported a  Net Loss of $1.73 billion.

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