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[January 23, 2009]

Alcatel-Lucent: Southwest Women's Business Enterprises Generated More than $3.95 Billion in 2008; Top WBEs Honored at 13th Annual Women's Business Council Gala

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
RDATE:19012009

DALLAS -- Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) were honored Tuesday night
during the 13th annual Women's Business Council Southwest (WBCS) Gala,
held at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center. The Gala recognized and
honored the 2008 accomplishments of exemplary WBEs and the corporations
that support them.

This year's award winners included:

* WBE of the Year - CFj Manufacturing, Sharon Evans, President

* WBE Rising Star - Q2 Marketing Group, Terri Quinton, President

* WBE Advocate of the Year - Gail Warrior-Lawrence, President, The
Warrior Group, Inc.

* Corporation of the Year - Alcatel-Lucent

* Corporate Rising Star - Brinker International

* Corporate Advocate of the Year - Wendy Raney, Windstream
Communications

* WBE Volunteer of the Year - Royalyn Reid, President, Consumer &
Market Insights

* Corporate Volunteer of the Year - Marilyn Stewart, Alcatel-Lucent

* Regional Volunteer of the Year - Elise Mitchell, President, Mitchell
Communications

WBEs in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico contributed
positively to the economy by generating more than USD 3.95 billion in
2008, a 30 percent increase over 2007.

"Although the economy was certainly challenging in 2008, our members
excelled in generating gains in sales, revenue, and employees," said
Debbie Hurst, president of WBCS. "This year's Gala will honor not only
the top-performing WBEs, but all of our members for their commitment
and achievements."

Hurst added, "Despite the recession, our members demonstrated in 2008
that they could grow, and they plan more growth in 2009. In fact,
one-third of our members are projecting that their companies will grow
more than 25 percent this year, while another third is anticipating
more modest growth. This is encouraging news for our members' customers
and suppliers and the business community as a whole."

The average revenue for a WBCS WBE in 2008 was USD 8.34 million, a 33
percent increase over 2007. Fifty-two percent of WBEs have been in
business for more than 10 years and 34 percent have between 10 and 50
employees. WBCS increased certified WBE membership by 6 percent. WBCS
also grew its ethnic minority WBE membership by 14 percent.

WBCS, a regional affiliate of Women Business Enterprise National
Council, supports the growth of women-owned businesses by providing
certification, training, mentoring, and networking opportunities for
its members, connecting buyers and suppliers to drive business growth.

About WBCS

Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, WBCS is dedicated to increasing
mutually beneficial procurement opportunities between certified
woman-owned businesses, corporations, businesses, government entities,
institutions and other organizations. With more than 700 WBE members
and 80 corporate sustaining members, WBCS is in its 13^th year of
providing national certification to women-owned businesses. To find out
more about the WBCS please visit external link www.wbcsouthwest.org .
WBCS is a regional affiliate of Women Business Enterprise National
Council (WBENC) covering Oklahoma, north Texas, Arkansas and New
Mexico. Founded in 1995, WBENC has become a powerhouse organization for
women entrepreneurs across the country.

Editor's Note: A photo of the WBCS Gala winners is available.

To request a digital photo, please contact Ebbah Tokwe at 972-717-3500
x 233 or email etokwe@transsynergy.com.

About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of
service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing
solutions that deliver voice, data and video communication services to
end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband
networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent
leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell
Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications
industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most
experienced global services organization in the industry,
Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach.

Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 17.8 billion in 2007 and is
incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris.

CONTACT: Alcatel-Lucent Press Office
e-mail: press@alcatel-lucent.com
WWW: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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