Ending uncertainty about his next move, Marcus Weldon is set to become the CTO of Nokia once its $17.6 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent is completed, according to Light Reading.
Weldon, who retweeted the report, is currently Alcatel-Lucent’s CTO, as well as president of its Bell Labs research unit. He will retain the latter position alongside his new role.
When Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri unveiled his management team to run the new Networks business, no CTO role was announced, stirring speculation about Weldon’s position.
The Alcatel-Lucent executive told Mobile World Live last month that he was not “too concerned” about his future and that whatever his role was, it would be a “good one”.
It is not clear how his role will relate to that of Marc Rouanne, who was appointed chief innovation and operating officer, or how this will impact Hossein Moiin, Nokia Networks’ current CTO.
Light Reading said it believes Moiin “will continue to be part of the senior technology team”.
Last month, Bell Labs launched a book called “The Future X Network” which says the world is on the brink of a new technological revolution – the so-called automation age – for which a new network will be required.