Don McKenna, a 40-year veteran of GE, is the new vice president of global manufacturing services for Nortel.

He will be based in Research Triangle Park.

McKenna’s task is the “transformation of Nortel’s supply chain into a competitive advantage,” the company said in a statement.

Joel Hackney, a former executive with GE as well, is the new global supply chain and quality leader for Nortel. Hackney, appointed in December, is also based in RTP.