Emerald Technology


In late 2014, shortly prior to their acquisition by Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent made the decision to sell their enterprise business to the investment organisation China Huaxin. Due to Alcatel-Lucent’s traditional telecommunications focus, its enterprise portfolio had historically been somewhat overshadowed by its other solutions, and the sale to China Huaxin provided a new lease of life for these products.


Following their existing and significant success with the business before this point, Emerald Technology were selected as the sole vendor of choice to facilitate the overall digital transformation strategy. Tasked with implementing innovative new strategies across emerging technology sectors, alongside more traditional business units, the priority was to incorporate fresh ideas and talent and increased diversity into the existing Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise culture.


  • To date 10 key placements have been made
  • These include a number of individual contributor positions across EMEA and APAC
  • Additionally, crucial strategic leadership roles such as VP APAC, Chief Marketing Office and, most recently, Executive VP Digital Transformation and Quality

What's next?

Emerald Technology are assisting with a number of ongoing projects on a retained basis, including sales hires across Europe, in Australia and Latin America and, particularly excitingly, Cloud Leaders to run the go-to-market strategy for their cloud business unit across all accounts in the UK and Germany.

Having worked with Emerald at Alcatel-Lucent prior to their acquisition by Nokia, it seemed natural to continue the relationship as Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise became a separate organisation spearheaded by new investors. Emerald have delivered for us on projects from individual contributor up to C-level in numerous regions globally. Their communication, professionalism and ability to source top quality candidates have led them to become our preferred retained search partner globally, and I am pleased to continue our partnership moving forward.

Maarten Huntjens – Global Head of Human Resources, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise