ALCATEL names Rick Leitao Director of Accounts for the Canadian market

A seasoned leader in the Canadian mobile technology market, in this new role Leitao will be responsible for leading ALCATEL's sales and business development efforts in Canada

IRVINE, CA and TORONTO, March 10, 2016 /CNW/ - ALCATEL - the number four mobile phone manufacturer in North Americai - today announced the promotion of Rick Leitao to Director of Accounts for the company's Canadian business unit. Having previously served as the National Account Manager for ALCATEL in Canada, Leitao will be responsible for managing the company's operations for the Canadian market with emphasis on sales and business development.

"Canada has been a key market for ALCATEL as our business in North America has grown rapidly in recent years, and Rick's leadership has played a key role in this growth," said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for ALCATEL North America. "We've worked hard at developing a corporate culture that grows leaders from our internal organization. By continuing to do this, we're able to cultivate industry leaders like Rick and give them the opportunity to help continue to grow our business and brand in this very competitive marketplace."

As one of the fastest-growing of North America's top-10 mobile handset manufacturers – increasing its annual shipments over 68 percent YoY from 2014 to the end of 2015 – ALCATEL continues to focus on the growth of its market position in the region by expanding its business in Canada. Leitao will be responsible for leading these efforts in Canada, in addition to helping roll out the company's new branding unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity to drive our business in Canada forward. We will continue to bring the latest mobile technology paired with the perfect amount of value for our customers," said Rick Leitao, Director of Accounts, Canada for ALCATEL North America. "With our new generation product portfolio that offers the best value for money available, embraces operating system diversity, leveraging Android, Windows 10 and HTML5, paired with our refreshed branding, customers in Canada should look forward to more high-quality, affordable mobile technology from ALCATEL in 2016 and beyond."

Prior to this appointment, Leitao was National Account Manager for ALCATEL in Canada where he managed sales and business development and previously has served in a variety of business and product focused roles with TELUS, one of Canada's largest mobile service providers.

To learn more about the ALCATEL in Canada, please visit our website at

ALCATEL is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.

 Based on IDC's reporting of total market share for 2015 North American Mobile Phones



For further information: Media Contact: ALCATEL, Jason Gerdon. Sr. Manager of Communications - North America.

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