Nortel Restructures Product Groups

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Under the new organization, Nortel is restructuring its two product groups, each under its own president. Nortel had already shuffled product groups last year in a move that cut the company from four business units down to two: one focused on the enterprise and another that combined its wireless, wireline and optical businesses into a single carrier networks group.

Now, the new Enterprise Solutions and Packet Networks group will be led by Steve Slattery and will include Nortel's Ethernet and enterprise telephony, optical and wireline products. Richard Lowe will head up the Mobility and Converged Core Networks group, overseeing the company's mobile businesses.

In addition, Nortel said Malcolm Collins, president of the former Enterprise Networks group, is leaving the company. Collins took on the role at the end of 2002 and has been with the company since 1992.

Slattery, a 19-year Nortel veteran, previously served as president of the vendor's Wireline/Optical Networks group. Lowe has been with the company 25 years, most recently serving as president of Nortel's CDMA networks business.

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"We're playing to win, and that means having the determination and flexibility to transform our teams, simplify our portfolio and focus our resources close to our customers, as well as harness both the power and opportunities of network convergence," said Bill Owens, vice chairman and CEO of Nortel, Brampton, Ontario, in a statement.

Owens has been working to steer Nortel through recovery following an accounting scandal that came to light last year under his predecessor.