Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has appointed David J. Geary as president of its Wireless division, effective January 1, 2013.
Mr. Geary, who was previously president of the Wireline division, will assume responsibility for the development and introduction of Alcatel-Lucent’s portfolio of mobile radio access products and technologies. These include solutions for 4G LTE, WCDMA, GSM, CDMA, and Small Cells base stations and the lightRadio™ family of innovations which address several key operator needs for today and tomorrow, such as addressing data demand, capacity management and operational efficiency.
In his new role, Mr. Geary will report to Philippe Keryer, president of the newly-formed Networks & Platforms Business Group. Starting January 1, 2013, the Wireline division will be headed by Federico Guillen.
Ben Verwaayen, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank Wim Sweldens for his energetic leadership of the Wireless division, which has resulted in the development of lightRadio, more than 25 major commercial contracts for our LTE solutions, and involvement in more than 70 LTE trials worldwide. He has clearly helped us to be at the forefront of LTE.”
Commenting on Mr. Geary’s appointment, Mr. Verwaayen added: “David takes over the Wireless leadership at a time of exciting and dramatic evolution in mobile communications, with 4G LTE services launching throughout the world and the proliferation of smartphones and tablet devices driving consumer demand for next generation wireless technologies.”
Mr. Geary was president of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireline division in January, 2009. Previous roles include President of Switching Division, President of Application Solutions at Lucent, COO of Lucent’s Integrated Network Solutions Group, and Senior VP of North American sales for Lucent’s Service Provider Networks division.
Before joining Lucent, Mr. Geary served in a variety of planning, engineering, operations and staff assignments with the Network Systems division of AT&T. Mr. Geary holds a Masters Degree in Management from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and a BSEE from Bradley University.