Michel Rahier's departure from his post as head of operations for Alcatel-Lucent is yet another sign that the company's old management guard is on the way out.
Replacing 30-year company veteran Rahier will be John Dickson, formerly the CEO of the former Lucent Technologies' silicon spinoff Agere. Since leaving Agere in 2005, Dickson has served on the boards of other major chip vendors including National Semiconductor Corp. and Frontier Silicon.
Dickson is just one of many appointments that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen has made since taking the helm in 2008. Other notable management appointments include: Stephen Carter as CMO; and Victor Agnellini as senior vice president, transformation.
At the same time, Rahier is yet another member of the original management team to depart for greener pastures. Earlier this year, Alcatel-Lucent's wireless CTO Paul Mankiewich decided to leave the company. Following the ousting of former Alcatel-Lucent CEO Pat Russo came the departures of Cindy Christy, former president of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas Region and company CFO Hubert de Pesquidoux.
And while Dickson may be an external appointment, he's not exactly foreign to Alcatel-Lucent with his obvious ties to the company as a former Lucent division CEO.
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