Willem VerbiestHead of Strategy, Upstream Activities and Market Enablement, Broadband Devices Business Unit at Nokia
Willem Verbiest heads the Strategy, Upstream Activities and Market Enablement team within Nokia’s Broadband Devices business unit, including FWA, ONT and Wi-Fi activities. Previously he led FWA Product Line Management, the transformation of the mobile transport network for a large operator, and was Partner of the Architecture Consulting Practice in Alcatel-Lucent’s consulting organization. He ran Alcatel-Lucent’s Multimedia Integration business, including IPTV for 5 years. Willem joined Bell Telephone Mfg Co / ITT in 1982 and has been a pioneer in DSL and FTTH, starting with research in the 1980s, evolving to Marketing and Product Line Management responsibility and General Management of Alcatel’s Access Business Unit, helping Alcatel become #1 in DSL. Willem holds a Master’s degree in Nuclear Physics from Ghent University. He has written over 30 published technical papers, was an IEEE guest editor and speaker at a broad range of conferences, and became a Bell Labs Fellow in 2018.