Wednesday, October 13, 2010
4:15 p.m.


University Center, Room 212/213

Alexis Bernard, Ph.D., Nokia

The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business Executive-in-Residence Program brings executives to campus to talk about the challenges, awards, and current issues facing their organizations.

“Innovation in the Mobile Telecommunications Industry”

Alexis Bernard, Ph.D., NokiaDr. Alexis Bernard is the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategy & Operational Excellence for the Nokia Research Center (NRC) whose mission is to explore technology frontiers and solve scientific challenges today, enabling Nokia to deliver irresistible personal experiences tomorrow.

In his function of Director of Strategy & Operational Excellence, Alexis is responsible for NRC

  • Long term strategy (e.g. research portfolio composition, product transfer strategy);
  • External & Internal Marketing (e.g. Nokia World, press events, demo days);
  • Open Innovation Strategy & Collaboration with world leading research institutions (e.g. MIT, Stanford);
  • Global daily operations (e.g., reporting, facilities, employee communications)

In his rols as Chief of Staff, Alexis is globally responsible for

  • Coordinating NRC activities across all 11 NRC labs worldwide
  • Providing leadership to NRC “special projects”
  • Representing all NRC activities to internal & external stakeholders

Prior to joining Nokia, Alexis spent over five years at the strategic management consulting firm McKinsey & Company (New York Office), where he advised the world’s largest and most prestigious high-tech and telecommunications companies across the entire telecom value chain (Operators, OEMs, ODMs, semiconductors) in Asia, Africa, Europe and U.S. His functional area of expertise included Marketing, Operations & Strategy.

Prior to his shift to a business career at McKinsey, Alexis held several high profile research positions at leading technology companies including Alcatel Telecom, Texas Instruments and start-up companies in the Silicon Valley. During this time, Alexis published numerous books, journal papers and conference proceedings in addition to being granted six internal patents in the field wireless telecommunications, information theory, channel coding, speech recognition, speech coding, distributed systems and cryptography.

Alexis holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and dual B.S. in Electrical Engineering & B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude from the University of Louvain (Belgium).

Alexis is the recipient of University of California scholarship for graduate academic excellence and the IEEE Belgium medal for undergraduate research merit. He is a Fellow of the BAEF (Belgian American Educational Foundation) and member of IEEE. Alexis is currently based at Nokia headquarters in White Plains, NY and resides in New York City.