10 May 2017
| James Pearce
Aqua Comms has expanded its leadership team with the appointments of Andy Hudson as chief networks officer and Kevin Foley as chief financial officer.
New CFO Foley is joining the subsea cable firm from Cable and Wireless Barbados, where he was most recently chief financial officer of the Liberty Global-owned operator. He also served as a board member of Cable and Wireless Communications Insurance, and has had a number of C-suite positions across Cable & Wireless.
The appointments come as Aqua Comms begins developing two new subsea cable systems, CeltixConnect-2, which will run between Manchester, England, and Dublin; and North Sea Connect, a cable in preliminary development that is planned to run between the North East UK and Denmark.
Last year, Aqua Comms completed the America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) cable between Long Island, US, and Killala, Ireland. CEO Nigel Bayliff unveiled plans to expand connectivity to the Atlantic cable at its point of presence at 1025Connect in Westbury, New York.
“As we embark on the development of two new subsea cable systems, CeltixConnect-2 and North Sea Connect, the diverse global telecom experience and commercial focus that both Andy Hudson and Kevin Foley possess will become an immediate asset to our strategic vision of providing next-generation, international connectivity,” said Bayliff, who himself only joined Aqua Comms last year.
“Aqua Comms’ focus is to facilitate a superhighway to feed the digital economy, and we are intent on expanding the available capacity on our existing subsea networks by pushing the boundaries of technology, developing new cable routes, and extending the terrestrial reach of our systems to satisfy that demand.”
North Sea Connect,