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Pat Russo

Former CEO, Alcatel-Lucent

Pat Russo has spent her career in the computing and communications technology industries. She is currently Chairman of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), a global industry leader in providing information management solutions to businesses around the world. In addition to chairing the board of HPE, Pat currently serves on the board of General Motors, where she chairs the governance committee, as well as the boards of Merck and KKR. After ten years of service, she recently stepped off the board of Arconic, where she most recently served as Interim Chair and chaired the governance committee. Pat was heavily involved in the decision to separate HP into HPI and HPE, as well as the decision to separate Alcoa into Alcoa, Inc., and Arconic. 

Pat was the Chairman and CEO of Lucent Technologies, during which time she led the company through the most challenging period in the history of the telecommunications sector. She led the company’s return to profitability and growth after the telecom industry downturn and later led the company through its cross border strategic merger with Alcatel. Pat served as CEO of the combined company, Alcatel-Lucent, through the end of 2008. 

Pat is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit dedicated to preventing drug and alcohol abuse among youth. She serves as a Senior Advisor to World 50, an organization dedicated to the development of senior executives across all industries. She also teaches two seminars at the Wharton School Executive Education program, one focused on leading through crises and the other on M&A. As one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” she has been recognized multiple times for her business achievements.

Pat is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology and Columbia College. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development and a former member of the U.S. Business Council.

Alumni Georgetown University, Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program
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