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Pat Russo on thin ice?

Pat Russo, CEO of Franco-U.S. telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent, will be the next big name in the telecoms industry to face the axe, according to the readers of Total Telecom.

The results of our latest poll are just in. We asked which telecoms exec would be next for the chop. It was clearly a subject close to our readers' hearts, as the poll attracted a deluge of responses. And with a significant 43% of the vote, Pat Russo came out on top... or at the bottom, depending which way you look at it.

It has been a tough ride for Russo, who has been at the helm of the beleaguered vendor since it became a merged entity in 2006. The intervening months have been characterised by poor results announcements, a string of profit warnings and a series of top management departures. Can Ms Russo hold on?

The rest of the vote was fairly evenly split, with Sprint Nextel's Dan Hesse and Greg Brown of Motorola taking 15% each, and Mike Zafirovski of Nortel Networks and Jerry Yang of Yahoo polling 11% and 9% respectively. Our readers have the greatest confidence in Ericsson's Carl-Henric Svanberg, with just 5% predicting he will be the next to go.

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