President, Bell Labs; CTO, Nokia

Dr. Weldon has championed many technological disruptions in telecommunications networks, from the evolution and convergence of networks to ‘all IP’, the evolution of copper-based access networks to support sophisticated interference cancellation (so-called ‘vectoring’), the evolution of wireless networks to highly distributed networks of small cells, and the emergence of virtualization and SDN (software-defined networking) as profound industry changing forces that will drive a new integrated and federated network architecture and economics.

Weldon holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and computer science from King’s College, London, and a PhD in physical chemistry from Harvard University. In 1995, he joined the Physics Division at AT&T Bell Labs as a postdoctoral researcher, before becoming a member of technical staff in the optical materials division. He won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials, and holds numerous patents related to that work. In 2005 he moved from research to hold a variety of CTO roles in different divisions before becoming the corporate CTO with responsibility for defining the future direction of the industry and the associated evolution of the Alcatel-Lucent portfolio. He became the thirteenth president of Bell Labs in December 2013.

Weldon is a member of the executive board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and a member of the FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee. His family lives in Summit, NJ.