The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is pleased to announce that Orange has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Laurent Leboucher, Group CTO and Senior Vice President, Orange Innovation Networks, will be the company’s representative on the Board.
Yago Tenorio, TIP’s Chairman & Fellow and Network Architecture Director at Vodafone commented on the appointment: “Orange has been a great champion for TIP and its mission over many years. They are leading efforts across several of our Project Groups in line with their end-to-end open and disaggregated network vision, which is totally aligned with TIP’s. We are pleased to have them join our Board of Directors and look forward to benefiting from Laurent’s experience and insight on the team.”
Orange active engagement within TIP includes Co-Chairs of the OpenRAN and Open Core Network Project Groups and Co-Leads in Mandatory Use Case Requirements for SDN for Transport (MUST) subgroup; they also sit on TIP’s Technical Committee as well as the Test & Validation Committee, and have recently opened a TIP Community Lab dedicated to OpenRAN solutions.
Laurent Leboucher, Group CTO and Senior Vice President, Orange Innovation Networks, said: “TIP is instrumental for us. It has helped coordinate the industry around a core mission – to shift the telecoms ecosystem towards a more open and agile model for tech development and network architecture – and we are seeing its benefits across the entire industry supply chain. We are very pleased to join the other industry leaders on TIP’s Board of Directors to support these efforts even further.”
Biography: Laurent Leboucher, Group CTO and Senior Vice President, Orange Innovation Networks
As Group CTO, Laurent Leboucher leads Orange Innovation Networks’ organization and supports Orange business units in 26 markets.
Laurent is a strong advocate of new software practices in networks: moving networks to a much more continuous CI/CD type of delivery and AI driven operation. His teams are already involved in the following TIP projects: Open Optical & Packet Transport, Open Core Network, Wi-Fi, OpenRAN, Test & Integration, Non-Terrestrial Connectivity Solutions.
He joined Orange in 1992 and has held various technical, management and executive positions in several areas (operations, R&D, IT, start-up creation) in France and the United States, with a particular focus on software systems and IT transformation. More recently, he led the development of new customer relationship solutions, defined and supported a new IT strategy built on cloud practices and oversaw the IT and Services architecture.
Laurent is a “Distinguished Fellow” of the TM Forum. He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique, from Telecom Paris and holds a PhD in computer science.