Alcatel has named a new president and chief operating officer to replace Philippe Germond, who resigned at a company board meeting Tuesday.
Mike Quigley, formerly president of the company's fixed-line communications activities, will replace Germond, who had previously notified the board of his intention to resign.
The company, based in Paris, is first and foremost a manufacturer of telecommunications infrastructure, including broadband equipment, and also of enterprise networks. It is also makes railway signalling equipment and satellites.
In addition to his new roles, Quigley will retain responsibility for Alcatel's carrier and enterprise telecommunications activities, the company said.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Serge Tchuruk proposed Quigley as Germond's successor.
Germond's departure is widely believed to be a result of another proposal made by Tchuruk, to change the company's rules to allow the chairman to remain in office until the age of 70.