Alcatel role reunites Bland and Verwaayen
Wednesday 02 February 2011
The former BT chairman Sir Christopher Bland has joined Alcatel-Lucent, a move that re-unites him with Ben Verwaayen, who was chief executive of the UK telecoms giant for much of the same period.
Alcatel-Lucent, a telecoms infrastructure company listed in the US and France, yesterday announced Sir Christopher's appointment as non-executive chairman for its UK and Irish operation, with immediate effect.
The newly created role means that Sir Christopher will oversee the division, as well as work with the company's largest customers, including BT, and look to bring in new commercial opportunities.
"Alcatel-Lucent is a global player with extraordinary reach and depth. I look forward to seeing that reach and depth matched in the UK and Ireland market," he said.
He served as chairman of the BBC board of governors for six years, a role that followed more than a decade as chairman of of the TV franchise LWT. He has also acted as a senior adviser to the private equity firm Warburg Pincus.
He was chairman of BT between 2001 and 2007. Alcatel-Lucent's group chief executive, Ben Verwaayen, had the same role at BT between 2002 and 2008.
The company said yesterday that it is also bringing in the former BT executive Lucy Dimes as chief executive of the UK and Irish operation, succeeding Lakh Jemmett.
Alcatel-Lucent said it is a "major employer" in the UK and Ireland, where it pioneers the development of cables that can be run under the sea, "bringing broadband around the world".
Sir Christopher revealed last month that he was to leave his role as chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company before October.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
iJobs Money & Business
$200 - $350 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: Managing Producer Office...
$125 - $225 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: San Fran - Investment Advi...
Up to £70,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...
Up to £65,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...