Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent R&D, Sales Teams to Take a Big Hit

The Economic Times - - Companies - Dan­ish.Khan@

timesin­ter­ New Delhi: Nokia’s move to re­duce global head­count post the Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent deal will have a ma­jor im­pact on the lat­ter’s In­dia R&D and sales teams, which are over­lap­ping with those of the Fin­nish telecom gear maker, peo­ple familiar with the mat­ter said.

“This is an ac­qui­si­tion, not a merger. So, it is clear that Nokia will give promi­nence to its own em­ploy­ees. The ma­jor im­pact would be on Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent’s In­dia sales and mar­ket­ing af­ter this an­nounce­ment, even as some im­pact is al­ready vis­i­ble with some se­nior ex­ec­u­tives leav­ing the com­pany lately,” one per­son told ET.

Srini Sun­darara­jan, who was lead­ing Al­ca­tel-Lu­cent’s In­dia and South Asia busi­ness, left ear­lier this year to man­age Sam­sung’s mo­bile net­work busi­ness in South­west Asia. An­other se­nior ex­ec­u­tive, Ama­jit Gupta, had left ear­lier to head Ju­niper Net­works’ In­dia & SAARC op­er­a­tions.

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