Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Oracle executive Bhaskar Gorti as head of its IP Platforms business.

Gorti will be responsible for overseeing units relating to developing technology for NFV, OSS, cloud-based networking and cyber-security platforms.

In addition, A-L said Gorti would oversee the development of its IP technologies for charging and payments systems, customer experience management and network performance.

Gorti (below) joins from Oracle, where he was SVP and General Manager at the US-based firm’s Global Business Unit, responsible for managing strategic planning, product development, sales, service and support.

A-L Chief Executive Michel Combes said: “I am very pleased to welcome Bhaskar, a globally recognised software executive, to lead our IP Platforms business, drive the software transformation of Alcatel-Lucent, and to join my management team at an exciting point as Alcatel-Lucent redefines itself.

“He brings to us tremendous global experience in commercial and technology fields that have a direct relevance on our future, as we increase the proportion of software and virtualised products in our portfolio.”

The announcement comes as A-L’s Shift Plan, which sees the France-based vendor realign its focus towards becoming a specialist in IP networking, ultra-broadband access and cloud-based technology, enters what Combes said is its second phase.

[Read more: Q&A: Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent]

Gorti joins recent hires Luis Martinez-Amago, CEO of A-L’s flagship company in China, and Willem Hendrickx, the new President of EMEA.

All will be charged with continuing A-L’s financial turnaround. Third quarter results saw sales down almost six percent to €3.2 billion, with profits also on the decline.

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