Alcatel-Lucent names Lord Carter as chief marketing, strategy and comms officer

Alcatel-Lucent has named former communications minister Stephen Carter as its chief marketing, strategy and comms officer.

Newly appointed: Lord Carter
Newly appointed: Lord Carter

Carter will be based in the Paris HQ of the French telecom equipment manufacturer when he begins the new role next month. He joins the company after departing the Government last June.

Prior to becoming communications minister in late 2008, Carter was Gordon Brown's chief of strategy and principal adviser. He joined Downing Street after a stint as chief executive at City PR giant Brunswick.

‘Alcatel-Lucent is a company on the move, in a sector experiencing rapid change with leadership committed to meeting that change head on,' said Carter in a statement.

Carter joins a management team headed by Alcatel-Lucent chairman Philippe Camus and CEO Ben Verwaayen.

‘A vital next step for our company is to transform our marketing and bring the Alcatel-Lucent strategy to life for our customers and for the market,' said Verwaayen in a statement. ‘I am delighted to welcome Stephen to the executive team, and know he will bring the leadership needed in these key areas.'

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