The Shift Plan aims to ensure a sustainable financial future and
successful company transformation
Paris – October 8, 2013 – Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE:
ALU) is today informing its European works council (ECID) of the actions
planned as part of The Shift Plan announced on June 19 by its new Chief
Executive Officer, Michel Combes.
The plan aims to ensure a sustainable financial future and a successful
transformation of the company by repositioning it as a specialist in the
next-generation technologies of IP Networking, Cloud and Ultra-Broadband Access
in order to better serve its customers.
The Shift Plan also aims to restore profitability to the company, being
based on a transformation of Alcatel-Lucent’s R&D activities for greater
efficiency and a reallocation of resources to focus on future technologies
while making a significant reduction of fixed costs. As part of the Shift Plan,
the company will make key social actions in order to restore its
competitiveness in the marketplace.
As part of The Shift Plan, Alcatel-Lucent has committed to achieve fixed
cost savings of Euro 1 billion or more than 15% of fixed costs by the end of
2015. This will be achieved by:
- Reallocating R&D investment to next-generation technologies which
should represent 85% of R&D spend in 2015, as opposed to 65% today.
- Reducing R&D spend in legacy technologies by 60%.
- Reducing administrative, sales and support functions to bring SG&A
costs in line with industry standards.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: "We launched The Shift Plan in
June to give Alcatel-Lucent an industrially sustainable future. The strategic
choices we made have been validated by our customers. To carry out this plan we
must make difficult decisions and we will make them with open and transparent
dialogue with our employees and their representatives. The Shift Plan is about
the company regaining control of its destiny."
During today’s meeting with ECID, Alcatel-Lucent will present a net
reduction plan of approximately 10,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2015. All
geographic areas where Alcatel-Lucent operates will contribute to this effort,
with the reduction of 4,100 positions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 3,800
in Asia Pacific and 2,100 in Americas. By the end of 2015, Alcatel-Lucent will
halve the number of its business hubs globally.
In France the industrial transformation will focus R&D activities on
future technologies such as 4G and IP platforms, in particular with the
creation of a new small cells competency center, an area of particular interest
for the company. In terms of research, France will keep its focus on
optics and strengthen it in mathematics, at the heart of next-generation
Business activities in France dealing with service providers will be
concentrated in two main sites – Villarceaux, south of Paris, which will become
Alcatel-Lucent’s primary R&D center in Europe and one of the world’s
largest R&D campuses, and Lannion, which will specialize in ultra-broadband
mobile access and subscriber data management (SDM) technologies.
In France, the company intends to reduce approximately 900 positions in 2014
primarily in support, administrative and sales functions (via a
legally-compliant program know in France as Plan de Sauvegarde pour
l’Emploi), as well as recruiting 200 engineers and technicians with new
technical competencies. By the end of 2015, the company transformation program
could also result in internal mobility, transfers to partners and redeployments
for approximately 900 employees whose jobs will be retained, inside or outside