Wim Sweldens

Wim SweldensTechnology, Innovation and Business Leader

Wim Sweldens
Technology, Innovation and Business Leader

Wim is an independent technology, innovation, and business leader.
Until the end of 2012, he was the President of Alcatel-Lucent’s
Wireless Division where he lead the global development and deployment
of LTE 4G technology and oversaw the introduction of the award winning
lightRadio small cell portfolio. Earlier In his role as VP of Network Technology, Wim took the company’s Applications Enablement strategy from paper to practice.This strategy allows service providers to open and leverage their networks for the development of new services and applications.

As founder and leader of Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, a strategic new business incubator and investment division inside of Bell Labs, Wim managed the lifecycle, from concept to commercialization, for eight ventures, ranging from enterprise & consumer applications to groundbreaking mobile innovations for operators.

An innovator at heart, Wim developed several compression algorithms
including the one used in the JPEG2000 standard. He authored and
co-authored several top cited technical papers and was a member of MIT
Technology Review’s inaugural class of top young innovators, the 1999

TR100. Global Telecoms Business selected Wim for its “Power 100 of
2009” list for his customer focus, attention to excellence, and
accelerating ideas to market.  He is a fellow of the IEEE and member
of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences.
Wim received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of

Leuven, Belgium. He lives with his family in New Jersey. You can
follow him on twitter @wimsweldens.