18 January 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
GTT Communications has elected NBA basketball legend Julius Erving to its board of directors.
Erving is the founder and managing
member of Dr J Enterprises, the company which owns and manages
the merchandising, media and philanthropic of
Commenting on his appointment Erving said: "I am pleased to
join the GTT board of directors and help to expand the
company’s market presence. GTT’s
rapid growth and recent distinction as a Fortune Future 50
company position it favourably for continued expansion and
Erving enters the role with close to 40 years’
experience as a sports leader, business executive and
entrepreneur. With a career dating all the way back to 1979,
Erving has generated close to $2.5 billion in revenue and brand
value for his partners and clients.
In 2016, Dr J Enterprises formed a strategic partnership
with Authentic Brands Group, the multibillion-dollar brand
management company, to expand the global presence of the Dr J
Prior to joining GTT, Erving has on the board of numerous
companies including: LCI International, Williams
Communications, Saks Fifth Avenue, Meridian Bank, Converse,
Darden Group, Sports Authority, Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commission,
University of Massachusetts and Widener University.
"Julius brings significant board experience, including
telecom and media, to GTT. He has a distinguished career as an
executive in brand management, media personality, and community
leader. His insights will be invaluable as we continue to grow
the business and raise GTT’s brand profile in
the market," added H. Brian Thompson, executive chairman
and founder of GTT.
Earlier this month GTT agreed to buy Custom Connect, the
high-speed network connectivity provider. In 2017 GTT
acquired four companies which includes Hibernia Networks,
and this newest deal is set to extend the reach of its global
Tier 1 IP backbone by adding additional points of presence in
Europe and the Middle East.
H. Brian Thompson,