David Drinkwater will take over as the new chief legal officer of Nortel on Dec. 19.

Drinkwater is a former group vice president, law and general counsel for Bell Canada.

“With his international experience and skills in telecommunications, securities, and mergers and acquisitions, David will be a huge asset for Nortel,” said Mike Zafirovski, chief executive officer of Nortel. “He is highly regarded in legal and business circles for motivating best-in-class teams, recognizing growth opportunities and his outstanding record on execution.”

Drinkwater also served as executive assistant to the chair of the Ontario Securities Commission. He is a native of Toronto.

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