Thursday, October 8, 2015

Nokia Announces Leadership Team Following ALU Acquisition

Nokia announced its planned leadership team and organizational structure that will take over once the pending acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent has been completed.

“We are making very good progress on being ready to operate as a combined company when the
proposed exchange offer closes,” said Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia.

“After a thorough selection process, I am pleased to announce the company’s future organizational structure and exceptional leaders who will help chart the next steps in Nokia’s transformation.”

After the closing of deal, the company will be organized in four business groups: Mobile Networks, Fixed Networks, Applications & Analytics and IP/Optical Networks.

Mobile Networks (MN) would include Nokia’s and Alcatel-Lucent’s comprehensive Radio portfolios and most of their converged Core network portfolios including IMS/VoLTE and Subscriber Data Management, as well as the associated mobile networks-related Global
Services business. This unit would also include Alcatel-Lucent’s Microwave business and all of the combined company’s end-to-end Managed Services business. Through the combination of these assets, Mobile Networks would provide leading end-to-end mobile networks solutions for existing and new platforms, as well as a full suite of professional services and product-attached services. The designated President of Mobile Networks would be Samih Elhage, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Nokia Networks.

Fixed Networks (FN) would comprise the current Alcatel-Lucent Fixed Networks business, whose cutting-edge innovation and market position would be further supported through strong collaboration with the other business groups. This business group would provide copper and fiber access products and services to offer customers ultra-broadband end-to-end solutions to transform their networks, deploying fiber to the most economical point. The designated President of Fixed Networks would be Federico Guillén, who currently serves as President of Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

Applications & Analytics (A&A) would combine the Software and Data Analytics-related operations of both companies. This comprehensive applications portfolio would include Customer Experience Management, OSS as distinct from network management such as service fulfilment and assurance, Policy and Charging, services, Cloud Stacks, management and orchestration, communication and collaboration, Security Solutions, network intelligence and analytics, device management and Internet of Things connectivity management platforms. CloudBand would also be housed in this business group, which would drive innovation to meet the needs of a convergent, Cloud-centric future. The designated President of Applications & Analytics would be Bhaskar Gorti, who currently serves as President of IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent.

IP/Optical Networks (ION) would combine the current Alcatel-Lucent IP Routing, Optical Transport and IP video businesses, as well as the software defined networking (SDN) startup, Nuage, plus Nokia’s IP partner and Packet Core portfolio. IP/Optical Networks would continue to drive Alcatel-Lucent’s technology leadership, building large scale IP/Optical infrastructures for both service providers and, increasingly, web-scale and tech-centric enterprise customers. The designated President of IP/Optical Networks would be Basil Alwan, who currently serves as President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent.

Each of these business units will provide an end-to-end portfolio of products, software and services. The four Networks business groups would have a common Integration and Transformation Office to drive synergies and to lead integration activities. The business group leaders would report directly to Nokia’s President and Chief Executive Officer:

Nokia Technologies will continue to operate as a separate business group.

Alcatel- Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) will be operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The company also announced six additional unit leaders within the combined company, who would report directly to the President
and CEO: Timo Ihamuotila (Chief Financial Officer), Ashish Chowdhary (Chief Customer Operations Officer), Marc Rouanne (Chief Innovation & Operating Officer), Hans-Jürgen Bill (Chief Human Resources Officer), Kathrin Buvac (Chief Strategy Officer), Barry French (Chief Marketing Officer), Maria Varsellona (Chief Legal Officer).

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