Lumen names AWS' former AI leader as Chief Product Officer

Dec. 19, 2023
Satish Lakshmanan brings extensive cloud and networking expertise to lead Lumen's transformation and growth in 2024.

Lumen Technologies has named former Amazon Web Services (AWS) AI expert Satish Lakshmanan as its new chief product officer, enhancing its stake in the growing AI market segment.

Dr. Lakshmanan comes to Lumen from AWS, where he was the global leader in Artificial Intelligence Services. At AWS, he generated and delivered new revenue streams across significant industries and segments, improving existing revenue channels and setting global revenue targets aligned with goals and objectives.


Earlier, he held various product leadership roles at NetApp, Western Digital, QLogic, and Texas Instruments and has a doctorate in chemical engineering.

He will report to Kate Johnson, CEO of Lumen.

Johnson said that Lakshmanan will bring his knowledge of how enterprise customers evolve their networks.

“Satish has a wealth of experience in building and scaling world-class products and services, leveraging Gen AI to accelerate digital transformations,” she said. “His experience, knowledge, and leadership style are a perfect match for Lumen as we disrupt the telecom industry by delighting customers with effortless digital experiences."

Lakshmanan’s appointment comes as Lumen moves on various initiatives to drive profitability in its business services segment by enhancing its cloud service set and developing new sales team training methods.

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