Zayo's David Howson appointed CEO of Six Degrees

25 January 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

Hosting and managed services provider Six Degrees Group (6DG) has today announced it has appointed David Howson as CEO as Alastair Mills becomes chairman of the Board.

Six DegreesHowson will be taking on the role of CEO from founder and present CEO Mills, effective 1 February 2017.

"I’d like to thank Alastair and the Board for the opportunity to take on the CEO role at Six Degrees. I have followed the company’s fortunes for some time and recognised their significant growth and shareholder returns in its short but impressive history," said Howson.

"The team have built meaningful scale and a compelling portfolio proposition, giving me fantastic foundations to build on. I’m looking forward to moving back to the UK and helping Six Degrees establish itself as the market leader for mission-critical technology managed services and to drive growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions."

Howson has 25 years’ experience in the industry, most recently spending six years at Zayo where he was a member of the executive team. Howson joined Zayo in June 2010 when he was appointed president of network-neutral ZColo to its growth initiatives, executing a plan that leverages Zayo Group’s technical facilities. Over the next four years he then became president of Zayo Bandwidth, president of the Zayo Group and from April 2014 president international of the Group.

Prior to Zayo, he was senior vice president of customer service management, customer and network operations was at Level 3 Communications.

Mills added: "It has been a huge privilege and a great joy to have led the company as CEO since we first put pen to blank sheet of paper, almost exactly six years ago. I have worked alongside a group of incredibly talented and diligent people. I’m hugely thankful for their dedication which has underpinned our success. Now is the perfect time for me to step back from the front line and for a new CEO to lead the next chapter of our growth story."

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