Alcatel-Lucent names new Bell Labs president

19 Feb 2013

Alcatel-Lucent's new president of Bell Labs Gee Rittenhouse. Photo via Alcatel-Lucent on Flickr

Communications giant Alcatel-Lucent has appointed George ‘Gee’ Rittenhouse as president of its R&D subsidiary Bell Labs to replace Jeong Kim, who is returning to his native South Korea to serve as the country’s new Minister of Future Creation and Science.

Rittenhouse, currently COO of Alcatel-Lucent’s technology platforms business, has extensive experience within Bell Labs, as head of Bell Labs Research and in overseeing all Bell Labs research centres and activities for Alcatel-Lucent.

He has also chaired GreenTouch, an industry-wide consortium launched by Bell Labs whose goal is to improve the energy efficiency of ICT networks.

Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent CEO, deemed Rittenhouse a passionate and outstanding technology leader.

“He is a strong believer in the principles of open innovation. He will be a fantastic president of Bell Labs and leader of our unique technology and research hubs around the world,” Verwaayen said.

Rittenhouse called his new appointment “an incredible privilege”.

“No other research institution in the world contains the same array of skills, competencies and knowledge, and none has the same rich legacy,” Rittenhouse said.

“I have worked within Bell Labs for many years and know what talent exists within it, talent that drives the pulse of innovation behind Alcatel-Lucent.”

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic