|Born||March 29, 1962|
Paris Dauphine University
|Employer||France Telecom (2003-2006)|
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
Combes was born March 29, 1962. He attended the Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, then graduated from École Polytechnique in 1983, Télécom ParisTech, Paris Dauphine University and Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam).
On February 22, 2013, the Alcatel-Lucent board of directors appointed Combes as the company’s CEO, succeeding Ben Verwaayen (effective April 1). 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. 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. He became Altice's CEO in 2016, and was replaced in November 2017.
He has two children.
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| CEO of Alcatel-Lucent
| CEO of Altice