Marcus Weldon is Bell Labs president
New role to be combined with current position of chief technology officer
Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Dr Marcus Weldon as president of Bell Labs, the research arm of the networking solutions vendor.
Weldon will combine this role with his existing position as Alcatel-Lucent's corporate chief technology officer (CTO).
Michel Combes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent, said: "Innovation is a key pillar of ‘The Shift Plan', our industrial programme to reposition the company as a specialist in IP networking and ultra-broadband access. In his new combined role as Bell Labs president and CTO, Marcus will oversee the acceleration and unlocking of innovation in the company. He will also strengthen cooperation with third parties and speed up the pace of research and development (R&D) to ensure Alcatel-Lucent can respond to its customers' challenges with agility."
Weldon is regarded as a industry luminary with a strong track record of identifying opportunities for technological disruption, with recent breakthroughs including the application of vectoring in fixed access, championing the use of LTE overlay and small cells in wirelessand identifying the emergence of virtualisation and software defined networking as forces to profoundly change the industry. Combes added: "Marcus will combine this vision with the power of Bell Labs to create an unrivalled innovation engine for our company."
Weldon added: "This is a unique period for the ICT industry, and one of unprecedented change. We are seeing a revolution around the delivery of cloud-based media, content and services to an ever-growing number of mobile devices, anywhere, anytime. We have a range of big challenges to solve, as network operators try to deal with the growing expectations for improved performance, while keeping the total cost of operations in check. This is a truly exciting time to become president of Bell Labs. It is where I started my career and where I learned, first hand, the incredible talent and innovation capabilities in this organisation. Having been deeply involved with Bell Labs as CTO, I am thrilled to now be leading an institution that has been a technology innovator for more than 85 years."
Weldon takes over the role of president at Bell Labs from Gee Rittenhouse who has decided to retire from Alcatel-Lucent in order to focus on other business interests.