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05 April 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
Former Level 3 executive, Andrew Crouch, is to join Zayo Group on 27 April as president and chief operating officer.
Industry veteran Crouch will oversee Zayo’s global communications infrastructure business which consists of fibre solutions, transport, enterprise networks, and colocation segments, and its Allstream business, which it acquired in 2016. Shared functions, such as sales and customer service, will also report into Crouch.
He will be based in Denver, Colarado, and will also be a key member of the executive management team, overseeing Zayo’s business operations. He will report to Zayo’s chairman and CEO Dan Caruso.
“In a world that has an insatiable need for bandwidth, we will leverage Zayo’s vast infrastructure to enable our customers to deliver innovative and impactful services,” said Caruso.
“My priority over the past year has been to assemble an invigorated post-IPO executive team. Andrew is the capstone of this initiative to position Zayo for the future.”
Crouch was most recently EMEA regional president for Level 3 Communications, where he was responsible for its global accounts division. He joined Level 3 in 2001 and has since held a variety of senior executive positions. Prior to Level 3, Crouch worked at British Telecom and Concert Communications, a joint venture between British Telecom and AT&T.
“Andrew rose through the sales and marketing functions, and has extensive global experience in running large scale organisations similar to Zayo,” added Caruso, “He is exactly what Zayo needs to drive our continued growth as the global leader in communications infrastructure.”
Commenting on his appointment, Crouch said: “Though I admire Zayo’s track record, my focus is on where we can take Zayo over the next five years. In a world that has an insatiable need for bandwidth, we will leverage Zayo’s vast infrastructure to enable our customers to deliver innovative and impactful services.
Chris Morley, Zayo’s current president and COO, will remain with Zayo during a transition period. “Chris was integral to Zayo’s success over its first 10 years and will be sorely missed,” said Caruso. “On behalf of our shareholders, customers and employees, we thank Chris for his many contributions.”