Nortel taps IBM for services head

Nortel has named a former IBM executive to head its Global Services division.

Dietmar Wendt will join Nortel as president of Global Services effective May 1. He will report to Nortel President and CEO Mike Zafirovski.

Wendt will be responsible for the financial performance, portfolio development and go-to-market strategies of the company's Global Services business. Nortel recently extended and streamlined its services business in an effort to boost its presence and profile in multivendor systems and network integration.

Zafirovski recently said that services would be one of six key areas on which Nortel will focus, noting that services and applications now account for less than 20 percent of the company's revenue. Nortel hopes to double services revenue in the next three to five years.

Wendt is currently vice president, Asia Pacific Information Technology Services Transformation, for IBM in Shanghai, China. Prior to that, Wendt was vice president, Integrated Technology Services for IBM in Central Europe and Russia. He has also held a variety of executive positions internationally with IBM in sales and product management.

Wendt will be based at Nortel's headquarters in Toronto.

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