Alcatel-Lucent's board of directors has approved the appointment of Michel Combes as the company's new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2013.
Michel Combes will also join the company's board of directors, subject to the approval of shareholders at the Alcatel-Lucent annual general meeting on May 7, 2013.
Michel Combes, 51 has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry on a worldwide basis. He was chief executive officer of Vodafone Europe and a board member of Vodafone PLC. During his career, he has held the positions of chairman and CEO of TDF as well as chief financial officer and senior executive vice president of France Telecom.
Philippe Camus, chairman of the Board said "It is a great pleasure for us to welcome Michel Combes to Alcatel-Lucent. As chief executive he will be responsible for delivering sustainable profitability. His deep knowledge of the industry as well as his experience of major business and financial transformation at a worldwide level will be pivotal in helping the company pursue its aggressive transformation, while meeting customer needs with disruptive innovation."
Michel Combes said "Alcatel-Lucent is an unrivalled technology leader in the telecommunications industry with an immense array of talent and capabilities in R&D facing major challenges. This is a company I know well and I look forward to succeeding Ben, working with the key international customers, and driving the business into sustained profitability for its customers, employees and shareholders."