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Alcatel appoints Charles Matthews as Chief Compliance Officer


Paris, January 9, 2006 - Charles Matthews has been appointed Chief Compliance Officer of Alcatel (Paris : CGEP.PA and NYSE : ALA), effective immediately. In this newly created position, Mr. Matthews will oversee regulatory compliance according to international laws and standards, corporate governance and business practices worldwide for the Group. He will be a member of the Ethics Committee and will report to Serge Tchuruk, Chairman and CEO of Alcatel. This appointment is part of Alcatel’s commitment to the highest standards of best practice.

Charles Matthews joined the Group in 1986 as Secretary and General Counsel of Alcatel in Australia. He then held various legal positions in Alcatel’s Headquarters, Submarine and Optics activities. From 2001 to 2003, he was Alcatel’s Chief Country Officer in the UK and Ireland. Charles Matthews began his career as commercial manager in GEC Marconi, supporting export business. He holds a degree in Engineering from London University and is a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the UK. He is a qualified lawyer called to the bar in England & Australia.

About Alcatel
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks; applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion and 56,000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.


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