After some six years at the helm of the BT Group, Ben Verwaayen left in June 2008. Alcatel-Lucent has now announced Mr Verwaayen as the company’s chief executive officer and given him a seat on the Board of Directors. Alcatel-Lucent operates in some 130 countries and has some 77,000 employees.
Joining Alcatel-Lucent is a bit of a full circle as Ben Verwaayen had been with Lucent Technologies in the US from September 1997 to February 2002 when he joined BT.
"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."Ben Verwaayen commenting on his appointment
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