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Lucent changes leadership structure

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8th Nov 2000
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Lucent Technologies has changed in the structure of its senior leadership team to integrate sales and service organizations and quicken decision-making.

Ben Verwaayen, 48, vice chairman, will be responsible for world-wide marketing, sales and services. He joined Lucent in the fall of 1997 after being president of PTT Telecom BV, the operating company of KPN (Royal PTT Nederland NV) for nearly 10 years.

Verwaayen will support Mike Butcher, president, international sales; John Heindel, president, Lucent worldwide services; Bill Nelson, president, North American region.

Bob Holder, 54, previously executive vice president of corporate operations, will be responsible for the company’s product organizations, manufacturing and supply chain management. He joined the company in 1977 and has held a wide variety of senior leadership positions in international, sales, product development and corporate strategy. Prior to his position as head of corporate operations, he was president of Lucent’s switching business.

Holder, will support: Jim Brewington, group president, Wireless Networks; Frank D’Amelio, group president, Switching Solutions; Janet Davidson, group president, InterNetworking Systems; Denys Gounot, president Optical Fiber Solutions; Jeong Kim, group president, Optical Networking; Jose Mejia, vice president and chief supply officer; Rock Pennella, chief manufacturing officer; Kenan Sahin, president, Software Products Group, and vice president, Software Technology, Bell Labs; and Terry Vega, vice president, Network Solutions Organization.

“Bob and Ben are committed to having the people in their organizations work closely together so that they understand and meet our customers’ needs for superior network solutions,” said Henry Schacht, Lucent CEO. “Linking our finance organization and our CIO organization will better enable us to uniformly redesign our key processes and systems to increase our efficiency and simplify the way we do business.”

Also reporting to Schacht will be: Bill O’Shea, executive vice president, corporate strategy and business development; Arun Netravali, president of Bell Laboratories, chief technology officer and chief network architect; Rich Rawson, senior vice president and general counsel; Kathy Fitzgerald, senior vice president, public relations and advertising

Executive vice president and chief financial officer Deborah Hopkins, 45, will assume additional responsibility for developing the information systems infrastructure to support the new Lucent. In that capacity, she will support Larry Kittelberger, senior vice president and chief information officer.

Hopkins was named chief financial officer of Lucent in April of this year, after serving in a similar position at The Boeing Company.

Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for next-generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. Backed by the research and development of Bell Labs, Lucent focuses on high-growth areas such as broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure; communications software; communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; web-based enterprise solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network design and consulting services.

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