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14 August 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Quintillion, the company nearing completion of a subsea cable around Alaska, has appointed a new CEO following the sudden resignation of Elizabeth Pierce.
The new CEO is George Tronsrue, who
worked for a number of telecoms companies in the 1980s and
1990s, including E.spire, MCI, MFS, Monet Mobile, Teleport and
XO Communications. Since then he has run a
strategic advisory company, Jericho Fund, and a public sector
Adam Murphy, managing director of Cooper Investment Partners,
the lead investor in the privately funded Quintillion project,
said: "We are excited about bringing on Mr Tronsrue to lead us
to completion of Phase I this summer, delivering on the promise
of bringing high speed internet capacity to these Alaskan
Arctic communities by Q4, 2017."
Quintillion’s first phase includes a subsea cable around the
Arctic coast of Alaska from Nome to Prudhoe Bay and a
terrestrial link from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, where it joins
existing fibre networks.
Phase two is due to run westwards from Nome to
Tokyo and phase three is planned to run through the
North-west Passage across northern Canada, and then across the
Atlantic to the UK.
No explanation has been given for Pierce’s
resignation, except that Quintillion cited "personal reasons".
Her LinkedIn profile has been amended to show that she has
ceased to be CEO of Quintillion Networks and of Quintillion
Subsea Operations, and now reads "semi-retired".
Before joining Quintillion in late 2013 she was director of
risk management at Alaska Communication Services, which is a
partner in the subsea cable project.
Meanwhile, the first phase of the project is nearing
completion. Quintillion said that the cable-laying vessel Ile
de Batz and several support vessels are installing the
remaining cable off the northern coast of Alaska.
"Installation will be completed later this summer," said the
company, and the system is scheduled to go live by 1