Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Willem Hendrickx as its president of Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, effective 1 January 2015. He joins the company from Riverbed Technology, where he was senior vice-president, EMEA.
Hendrickx brings to Alcatel-Lucent over 20 years of experience in sales and management positions at global ICT companies, and holding key executive positions in commercial management as well as corporate marketing, amongst others at EMC and Tieto.
At Alcatel-Lucent he will assume overall responsibility for all sales activities and operational management of company activities in the EMEA region.
Commenting on Hendrickx’s appointment, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said: “Willem brings to us vast experience in the broader IT and telecom market. He has the perfect background to support our objectives in executing The Shift Plan in Europe, Middle East and Africa as we apply our strengths in innovation to become a specialist in IP, cloud and ultra-broadband access.
“Furthermore, his commercial understanding of converged technology needs will be a huge asset as we diversify into new market segments, such as extra-large enterprises.”
Hendrickx is a Belgian national, has a degree in Commercial Sciences and holds a Masters degree in Economics from the European Institute of Higher Education (EHSAL) in Brussels, Belgium.
He replaces Luis Martinez Amago, who will be taking up a new challenge in Alcatel-Lucent. An announcement on Luis Martinez Amago’s new appointment will be made in due course.