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CEO, 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 their hands"

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 Committee.

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 Vice-President, International.

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 d'Honneur medal.

Ben Verwaayen graduated with a Master's degree in law and international politics from the State University of Utrecht, Holland.