Michel Combes

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Michel Combes
2014 Bell Labs Prize Winners.jpg
Bell Labs Prize winners, 2014. From left to right: Marcus Weldon (Bell Labs President), Eva Rajo-Iglesias, Patrick Reynaert, Matilde Sánchez-Fernández, Emmanuel Abbe, and Michel Combes (then Alcatel-Lucent CEO)
Born (1962-03-29) March 29, 1962 (age 56)
ResidenceParis, France
EducationÉcole Polytechnique
Télécom ParisTech
Paris Dauphine University
EmployerFrance Telecom (2003-2006)
Vodafone (2008-2012)
Alcatel-Lucent (2013-2015)
Altice (2015-2017)
Sprint (2018-present)

Michel Combes (born March 29, 1962) is a French businessman. He is Chief Executive Officer at Sprint, and has held CEO roles at Vodafone Europe, Alcatel-Lucent and Altice.

Early life and education[edit]

Combes was born March 29, 1962.[citation needed] He attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, then graduated from 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, Combes was CEO of Vodafone Europe from 2008 to 2012.[3]

On February 22, 2013, the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors appointed 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] He left Alcatel-Lucent in September 2015, after Nokia announced its intention to buy the company but before the merger was complete, to join Altice as COO.[6] He became Altice's CEO in 2016, and was replaced in November 2017.[7]

Combes was appointed as the CFO of Sprint in January 2018,[8] and CEO in May of the same year.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He has two children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ (in French) École polytechnique, search tool
  2. ^ Michel Combes, in Who's Who in France, 2009
  3. ^ "LSA : Biographie de Michel Combes" (in French).
  4. ^ Alcatel-Lucent names Michel Combes as CEO Reuters, February 22nd 2013
  5. ^ "New CEO begins Alcatel makeover".
  6. ^ Thomson, Adam (2 September 2015). "French economy minister slams Michel Combes' Alcatel-Lucent exit". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  7. ^ Sassard, Sophie (10 November 2017). "Altice ousts CEO after shares dropped 30 percent in a week". Reuters. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Sprint appoints former Altice head Michel Combes as CFO". Reuters. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  9. ^ Aiello, Chloe (2 May 2018). "Sprint names Michel Combes as CEO and Marcelo Claure as executive chairman". CNBC. Retrieved 4 May 2018.

Business positions
Preceded by
Ben Verwaayen
CEO of Alcatel-Lucent
Succeeded by
Philippe Camus
Preceded by
Patrick Drahi
CEO of Altice
Succeeded by
Alain Weill