Michel Combes

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Michel Combes
Born (1962-03-29) March 29, 1962 (age 53)
Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Residence Paris, France
Nationality French
Education École polytechnique, Télécom ParisTech, Paris Dauphine University
Occupation CEO
Employer France Telecom (2003-2006)
Vodafone (2008-2012)
Alcatel-Lucent (April 2013-present)

Michel Combes (born March 29, 1962) is a French businessman and the current CEO of telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent.

Early life[edit]

He attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, then graduated from l'École polytechnique in 1983,[1] Télécom ParisTech, Paris Dauphine University and Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam).[2]


After several jobs in ministries, at France Télécom and at TDF, he was CEO of Vodafone Europe from 2008 to 2012.[3]

On February 22, 2013, the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors appointed Michel Combes as the company’s CEO, succeeding Ben Verwaayen (effective April 1).[4] On June 19, 2013, Combes announced plans to focus Alcatel-Lucent's operations on networking products and high-speed broadband in order to cut costs by 1 billion euros by 2015.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bell Labs Prize Winners. From left to right are Marcus Weldon (Bell Labs President), Eva Rajo-Iglesias, Patrick Reynaert, Matilde Sánchez-Fernández, Emmanuel Abbe, and Michel Combes (Alcatel-Lucent CEO)

He has two children.


Business positions
Preceded by
Ben Verwaayen
CEO of Alcatel-Lucent
Succeeded by