Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise announces new CEO

Jack Chen will replace Jeff Ma to drive ALE's strategy of offering cloud-based networks

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Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise announces new CEO ALE CEO Jack Chen: "I look forward to building on the excellent foundation that Jeff, the management team and all of the employees have put in place."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  May 15, 2016

ALE, operating under the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise brand, has selected Jack Chen as CEO, effective immediately.

Chen, who was appointed by the ALE Holdings board of directors, will replace acting CEO, Jeff Ma, who will continue as a board member of ALE Holdings.

Chen joins ALE with more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. In his previous position as head of APAC and China Wireless business in Alcatel-Lucent he was able to double the wireless business in three years. He also held the executive vice president position in Alcatel Shanghai Bell (ASB), the flagship company of Alcatel-Lucent in China, where he implemented the shift plan.

Before Alcatel-Lucent, he held various important positions, such as the global COO of the Alcatel Mobile Radio Business in France and the president of Shanghai Bell Alcatel Mobile Co.

Jeff Ma, board of directors, ALE Holdings said: "Over the past 6 months, we have put in place a business strategy to go after new market opportunities and a new management team to lead the transformation of ALE. The new CEO will build on the work that the organisation has done and drive growth for ALE."

Jack Chen, CEO, ALE added: "I look forward to building on the excellent foundation that Jeff, the management team and all of the employees have put in place. I see significant opportunities for ALE based on our strong product portfolios and innovative business models that better serve our customers."  

ALE introduced a new business strategy in the first quarter this year, to provide customers choice and flexibility in how they purchase and consume networking and communications technology, whether CAPEX, OPEX or consumption-based, in this new "as-a-service" economy.     

In support of this new strategy, two financial and consumption models were launched. The first called "Rainbow" is a hybrid cloud-based service operated by ALE that creates collaborative team interactions while offering customers technology investment protection regardless of existing communication systems.

The second is "Network on Demand" is a service that enables businesses to gain the latest networking technology on a pay-per-use basis, delivering the industry's most comprehensive consumption-based networking offer.

Jack Chen will drive the ALE strategy and continue the transformation of ALE by expanding market reach, improving positioning in vertical sectors, accelerating cloud-based business models and growing annuity-based services.

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