Here’s another photo from my days supporting Alcatel communications, editorial and media training initiatives directly from Paris.
I was standing in front of Alcatel’s corporate headquarters – which was located at 54-56 rue de la Boétie, in the 8th arrondissement – when this picture was taken. My French language and speaking skills were tested many times during the numerous meetings and creative sessions I had the opportunity to attend in this building.
The apartment I was living in at the time was located behind from where I am standing in this picture, a few blocks away on Boulevard Haussmann. It was a very short walk from my apartment to the Alcatel building.
I worked with a lot of very talented teams at Alcatel for just about four years, right up until the time when the company merged with Lucent in 2006. Here’s a link to the New York Times story – which was coordinated by communications teams in New York and Paris – announcing the merger. It was huge industry-changing news at the time.
I began working on a variety of HP Telecom initiatives shortly after the Alcatel Lucent merger took place.
My HP colleagues – another group of highly skilled communications professionals – were based in Silicon Valley. I took a lot of New York City to San Francisco red-eye flights during my time supporting HP Telecom. – Russ DeVeau