Ben Verwaayen moves to Akamai

Ben Verwaayen, until recently the CEO of Alcatel Lucent, becomes a director at the American Akamai Technologies, known for the cloud platform for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. The Dutchman was once CEO of BT, and president of PTT Telecom, the forerunner of KPN

Ben Verwaayen, until recently the CEO of Alcatel Lucent, becomes a director at the American Akamai Technologies, known for the cloud platform for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications.

The Dutchman was once CEO of BT, and president of PTT Telecom, the forerunner of KPN. From 2008 to 2013 Ben Verwaayen was CEO of Alcatel-Lucent. He did not get that distressed company on track. Verwaayen started his job there with the sale of an interest in defense contractor Thales. R & D money went from 3G to 4G. Yet Huawei Alcatel-Lucent beat a compact system for telecom providers that brought together all mobile technologies - 2G, 3G and 4G.

In a statement, Verwaayen said earlier this year that it was a 'difficult decision to sign for a new term, but that is now the time for new leadership'.

Verwaayen is an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau and an Honorary Knight of the British Empire (KBE). He is also the carrier of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur medal.