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Nortel changes its structure again

Posted by iTech - 2005-10-02

Nortel this week reshuffled its business units, creating two product groups and four regional groups for driving sales and support for the two product areas.

The two product groups are the Enterprise Solutions and Packet Networks group and the Mobility and Converged Core Networks group. Steve Slattery will act as president of the Enterprise group, while Richard Lowe will head the Mobility group. Both executives had led Nortel’s carrier wireless division at different times in the past. Malcolm Collins, who headed Nortel’s enterprise business since 2003, is leaving the company.

"Convergence is here and now, and our enterprise and carrier customers are demanding partners who can deliver enterprise innovation on carrier-grade platforms,” Nortel CEO Bill Owens said in a statement. “With our carrier and enterprise capabilities, Nortel is uniquely positioned to deliver on this.”

The move comes a little more than a year after a previous shakeup, where Nortel consolidated its four former product groups - Wireline, Wireless, Optical and Enterprise - into the Enterprise and Carrier business units.

The four regional teams will focus on North America, Eurasia, Greater China, and the Caribbean, Latin America and Emerging Markets.

Nortel’s executive team also experienced turbulence as the company’s President and COO Gary Daichendt and CTO Gary Kunis resigned abruptly. Citing differences with CEO Owens, Daichendt, a former Cisco executive, left the company and was followed by former Cisco colleague Kunis.

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