Wes Cole

Wes is Chief of Staff of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division, which delivers converged wireless technologies to network operators, generating over $5B in 2010 revenue with a global workforce of more than 8,000 employees. As Chief of Staff, Wes provides leadership, management, and vision to the Division. His direct responsibilities include budget, portfolio management, business transformation, supply chain, product cost reduction, legal and partnership issues.

Prior to his role in the Wireless Division, Wes worked with more than 50 early stage technology companies over the past 11 years as an investor and advisor. Wes served as Executive Director of Venture Investments at Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, where he managed the team’s portfolio of corporate venture capital investments and was responsible for launching internal ventures built upon Alcatel-Lucent and Bell Labs innovations. He led the team’s investments in Sequans (RF semiconductors: IPO) and a mobile content delivery venture.

Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent, Mr. Cole specialized in venture capital investing and technology commercialization. Wes was principal at Gefinor Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm investing in early stage companies with innovative products and services, including software, communications, semiconductor and medical devices. He led the firm’s investment in Metreos Corporation, acquired by Cisco. Prior to Gefinor he served as Assistant Director of the Austin Technology Incubator.

Mr. Cole received his BA from Stanford University and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.