26 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Asian carrier Superloop has hired former Telstra, Airtel and T-Mobile US executive Drew Kelton as CEO, in place of Bevan Slattery, who becomes executive director.
Kelton takes up the role on 1 July,
while company founder Slattery will focus on strategic
priorities for Superloop.
Superloop chairman Michael Malone said that Kelton "has a
global perspective and significant understanding of ICT and
telecommunications infrastructure". He added: "His experience
integrating acquisitions, developing new income streams, and
incorporating technological change and disruption into
industries and business models, will help drive Superloop
through its next growth phase."
A Scottish-born electronics engineer, Kelton has worked for
companies such as Asia Global Crossing and Telstra. In 2010 he
joined Bharti Airtel to run Airtel Business, and then moved to
the US to have a similar role at T-Mobile US.
He’s been a director of Megaport, of which
Slattery is chairman, since 2015. Megaport span off Superloop
into a separate operation in 2014.
Slattery said of Kelton’s
appointment: "I’m delighted that
we’re now moving into the next phase of growth,
with me stepping into an executive director’s role
freeing me up to focus on driving strategy and having a great
CEO like Drew join the team to drive the performance of the
Malone said: "It was becoming increasingly clear to [Slattery]
that his greatest value add was focusing on the strategic
opportunities for Superloop. As the founder of Superloop, no
one has invested as much expertise and time as Bevan to get the
company to where it is today. Bevan continues to have a
shareholding of approximately 26.8% in Superloop."
Kelton commented: "The company has quickly built a strong
reputation for disruptive innovation in designing, constructing
and operating telecommunications networks and other critical
infrastructure for wholesale carriers and global content
providers that require infinitely scalable and reliable
connectivity. The needs of these types of customers continually
evolve over time. This requires solutions that not only work
today, but can also scale into the future, so it’s
an ideal fit for a 'professional entrepreneur’
Earlier in his career Kelton set up his own business, Saturn
Global Networks, which was merged with Ixnet. The business was
acquired in 2001 by Global Crossing, of which he was elected
CEO for Asia Pacific.