Inspirefest 2017

Marcus Weldon

President, Bell Labs & corporate CTO, Nokia

As president of Bell Labs and corporate chief technology officer of Nokia, Marcus Weldon coordinates the technical strategy across the company and drives technological and architectural innovations into the portfolio. 

A luminary in the industry, he combines his vision with the power of Bell Labs to create a unique innovation engine, with the overall goal to ‘invent the future’ of the networking and communications industry. He was selected as one of the Global Telecoms Business Power 100 most influential people in ICT in 2014, and one of its top CTOs to watch in 2015.

Weldon holds a BS in chemistry and computer science from King’s College, London, and a PhD degree in physical chemistry from Harvard University.

In 1995, he joined the physics division at AT&T Bell Labs as a postdoctoral researcher, before becoming part of the technical staff in the optical materials division. He was a member of the executive board of ATIS (Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions) and a member of the former FCC Open Internet Advisory Committee. He is on the board of trustees of the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey and is an adviser to select venture funds.

Weldon has won a series of scientific and engineering society awards for his work on electronic and optical materials.  He is the editor of the book The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective (Taylor and Francis, 2015).

Image: Pete Byron