Mr. Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent
“Broadband is not just another technology. It is a key driver of
social and economic growth. With the explosion of mobile and Internet, broadband
provides an essential platform that is shaping our society. It is ICT’s role to
ensure that everyone on the planet can get high-speed broadband ‘in the palm’ of
Previously, Ben Verwaayen was appointed to the Board of
Directors of BT on January 14, 2002 and became Chief Executive on February 1,
2002. He left BT Group on June 1, 2008 as Chairman of the Board’s Operating
Before joining BT Group, he was at Lucent Technologies starting September
1997, holding various positions. He left Lucent as Vice Chairman of the
Management Board. Other positions that Ben Verwaayen held at Lucent were
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Executive
Prior to joining Lucent, Ben Verwaayen worked for KPN in the Netherlands for
nine years as President and Managing Director of its subsidiary PTT Telecom.
From 1975 to 1988, he worked at ITT in Europe.
He has been made an Officer of the Orange Order-Nassau and an Honorary Knight
of the British Empire (KBE). He has also received the Chevalier de la Légion
Ben Verwaayen graduated with a Master's degree in law and international
politics from the State University of Utrecht, Holland.