Marcus Weldon appointed president, Bell Labs

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the appointment of Dr Marcus Weldon as president of Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent along with his existing role as Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate CTO.

Commenting on Dr Weldon’s appointment, Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said, “Innovation is a key pillar of The Shift Plan, our industrial program to reposition the company as a specialist in IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access. In his new, combined role as Bell Labs president and chief technology officer, Marcus will oversee the acceleration and unlocking of innovation in the company. In this role, he will strengthen cooperation with third parties and speed up the pace of R&D to ensure Alcatel-Lucent can respond to its customers’ challenges with agility.”

Marcus 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 virtualization and software defined networking as forces to profoundly change the industry.

“Marcus will combine this vision with the power of Bell Labs to create an unrivalled innovation engine for our company,” added Combes.

Commenting on his new appointment, Marcus Weldon said, “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 expections for improved performance, while keeping the total cost of operations in check. This is a truly exciting time to become president of Bell Labs.”

Marcus Weldon takes on the helm of president of Bell Labs from Gee Rittenhouse who has has decided to retire from Alcatel-Lucent in order to focus on other business interests.

Marcus Weldon has served as corporate CTO of Alcatel-Lucent since 2009. He joined Bell Labs in 1995, and has held a variety of leadership roles in both research and technology development functions. Dr Weldon was one of the primary architects behind the evolution of the Triple-Play Service Delivery Architecture to the High Leverage Network, now the widely accepted industry architecture centered around the principles of ‘all IP, converged wireline/wireless, intelligent, optimized networking’.

Marcus Weldon has also been one of the primary drivers of Alcatel-Lucent’s groundbreaking and award-winning lightRadio architecture for next generation wireless networks.

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