Alcatel appoints new CTO

Alcatel has appointed Ric Clark as chief technology officer for its Australasian operations, effective January 9, 2006.

Clark said Alcatel has a "leading position" with end-to-end product and service offerings which cover access technologies, devices, core networks, applications, and services.

Based in Melbourne, Clark will be responsible for strategic marketing and direction on the development of Alcatel's products and services in the Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea markets.

Clark has more than 20 years experience in telecommunications, and recently held the role of chief operating officer at National ICT Australia (NICTA) where he was responsible for its operations with particular focus on commercialization and intellectual property activities. Clark also leads NICTA's industry development and outreach program.

Prior to his role at NICTA, Clark was managing director of Ericsson's research and development company - Ericsson Asia Pacific Lab Australia. He has also acted as a director on several ICT start-up companies.

Alcatel Australia CEO Hilary Mine said Clark brings to Alcatel a wealth of knowledge about the Australasian market, regulatory environment, and technology development.

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