Meyer leaves Alcatel-Lucent to lead Acxiom

John Meyer, the head of Alcatel-Lucent's services business and a key, top-level veteran executive on CEO Patricia Russo's management team, has announced his departure from the vendor giant to become CEO and president of Acxiom, an enterprise data management firm.

Meyer's departure is the third recent defection of a senior Alca-Lu executive, and comes just a couple months after the company made further restructuring moves in an effort to stem losses and bring its merger integration under control. During the troubles of 2007, the services unit was a source of growth for Alca-Lu, and in the recent restructuring, it became obvious the company is looking to the unit as a central engine of future growth. Andy Williams, an Alca-Lu vet of three years and former IBM services exec for 25 years, is taking over Meyer's slot.

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