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Breaking News: Alcatel-Lucent CEO Stepping Down (2/11 2013) Featured

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Stepping Down

Alcatel Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen, 61, is not seeking re-election as a director at this year’s annual general meeting, and will step down as CEO once a successful transition has been executed. Hired in 2008, Verwaayen succeeded Patricia Russo, who was then CEO of Lucent Technologies. Russo was instrumental in merging Lucent Technologies with Alcatel.

Previously, Verwaayen was CEO & Director of BT Group since 2002. Before joining BT Group, he was at Lucent Technologies starting in 1997, holding various positions. He left Lucent as Vice Chairman of the Management Board. Other positions that Ben Verwaayen held at Lucent were EVP and COO, and EVP, International. Prior to joining Lucent, he worked for KPN in the Netherlands for nine years as President and Managing Director of its subsidiary PTT Telecom. From 1975 to 1988, he worked at ITT in Europe.

Currently, Ben is also Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Climate Change Board and in 2010 was elected member of the World Economic Forum’s Foundation Board. He is an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau, an Honorary Knight of the British Empire (KBE), and a Chevalier de la Légion d 'Honneur.

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