Telecoms equipment giant Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Dr Marcus Weldon as president of its research arm, Bell Labs, replacing Gee Rittenhouse, who is retiring from the company to focus on other business interests.
Weldon will combine his new role with his existing role as Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate CTO. He will oversee “the acceleration and unlocking of innovation in the company”, said Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.
Weldon will also be responsible for strengthening co-operation with third parties and accelerating the pace of R&D to ensure Alcatel-Lucent can respond to its customers’ challenges in an agile manner.
“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 wireless, and identifying the emergence of virtualisation and software-defined networking as forces to profoundly change the industry,” Alcatel-Lucent said in a statement.
Combes added that Weldon will combine this vision with the power of Bell Labs to create an unrivalled innovation engine for the company.