Inge Smidts is appointed to CEO of Cable and Wireless 21 Dec 2017 Cable and Wireless Communications (C&W) has named Inge Smidts, the former chief marketing officer of Liberty Global, as its new CEO. Intelsat names Samer Halawi as its new CCO 20 Dec 2017 Intelsat has appointed former satellite industry executive Samer Halawi as chief commercial officer (CCO), effective as of 9 January 2018. Vodafone appoints new IoT director 19 Dec 2017 Stefano Gastaut, Vodafone’s current chief executive of Vodafone Egypt, has been named as the company’s new internet of things global director, effective as of 1 January 2018. Reid quits C&W as Liberty Global splits off separately quoted Latin American unit 13 Dec 2017 CEO John Reid is to leave Liberty Global’s Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) in early 2018, shortly after shares in Liberty Latin America begin trading. Colt names Louisa Gregory as chief of staff 11 Dec 2017 Colt Technology Services has named corporate director for Asia Louisa Gregory as chief of staff for the entire company, reporting directly to CEO Carl Grivner. German count takes over as group CEO at Denis O’Brien’s Digicel 11 Dec 2017 Digicel has hired Veon’s group chief performance officer from an 800-year-old German aristocratic family to be its new CEO. FiberLight names MacNeil as CEO 06 Dec 2017 Don MacNeil has been promoted from chief operating officer (COO) to chief executive officer (CEO). ATOC appoints Chris Pepper as its new president 05 Dec 2017 The Atlantic Teleconnection Operating Company (ATOC) has appointed Christopher Pepper as its new president. Tata Comm appoints Andrew Yeong to head up Asia sales 30 Nov 2017 Tata Communications has named former Oracle and IBM exec Andrew Yeong as the new head of sales for its Asia regional division. Former Sparkle CEO Elisabetta Ripa to head Italy’s Open Fiber 17 Nov 2017 Elisabetta Ripa, former CEO of Sparkle, has become the new CEO of alternative Italian broadband network Open Fiber. AT&T’s iPhone champion joins cloud and messaging company as CEO 17 Nov 2017 Glenn Lurie, the executive who brought the iPhone to AT&T, has become CEO of cloud and messaging company Synchronoss. Zayo appoints CRO and European MD 14 Nov 2017 Zayo Group has named Phil Mottram as chief revenue officer (CRO) and Annette Murphy as managing director of Europe. Liberty Global promotes Nair to president and CEO of Latin America and Caribbean 31 Oct 2017 Liberty Global has promoted Balan Nair to president and CEO of its Latin American and Caribbean division. NxtVn snares AMS-IX CEO Job Witteman to become COO 25 Oct 2017 Data centre park operator NxtVn has hired Job Witteman from AMS-IX to be its chief operating officer. Level 3 names Julia Fraser as VP of sales 22 Oct 2017 Level 3 Communications has named Julia Fraser as its new vice president of sales for across the UK and Ireland. Ibarra is the new kid on the Blok as CEO quits KPN 20 Oct 2017 Former Wind Tre CEO Maximo Ibarra is to become the new CEO of Dutch operator KPN after current chief Eelco Blok announced plans to step down next year. SCF boosts membership to accelerate 5G progress 09 Oct 2017 Small Cell Forum (SCF) has welcomed nine new members from across the wireless and internet ecosystems and confirmed its newly elected board Daisy adds Price for enhanced GDPR wisdom 09 Oct 2017 Daisy Group’s specialist data management solution arm, Daisy Wisdom, has welcomed Danielle Price to the helm of its sales division at a pivotal time for data protection. Nigeria’s Ntel appoints former EE and Lycamobile exec as CEO 04 Oct 2017 Nigerian operator Ntel has appointed former EE and Lycamobile executive Ernest Akinlola as its CEO. DigitalRoute appoints Stephen Bryant as its CTO 02 Oct 2017 Former Tele2 chief technology officer, Stephen Bryant has been appointed as the new CTO of DigitalRoute. TIM board confirms Amos Genish as CEO as Italian government starts action 29 Sep 2017 Amos Genish, Vivendi’s chief convergence officer, is now officially CEO of Telecom Italia (TIM). Cloudify names telecoms veteran Krish Prabhu as its strategic advisor 28 Sep 2017 Cloudify, a provider of cloud native software, has announced the appointment of Krish Prabhu as a special strategic advisor. TIM reportedly set to appoint new CEO 28 Sep 2017 Telecom Italia, which operates as TIM, is set to name Amos Genish as its new CEO, according to reports from Reuters. DigitalRoute names Andreas Zartmann as CEO 27 Sep 2017 DigitalRoute, a provider of data management and digital transformation enablement solutions globally, has named Andreas Zartmann as its chief executive officer. Tata names Bob Laskey as head of Americas 25 Sep 2017 Tata Communications has appointed former CenturyLink executive Bob Laskey as its regional head of Americas. Qureshi named as new Verizon Communications CSO 19 Sep 2017 Former Ericsson executive Rima Qureshi has been named as the new chief strategy officer for Verizon Communications. Colt appoints CTO Datta as COO 19 Sep 2017 Colt Technology Services has named current CTO Rajiv Datta as its new chief operating officer, reporting directly to CEO Carl Grivner. Cobalt names Mahoney as CTO of its Riviera Maya broadband project 18 Sep 2017 Cobalt Holdings, a provider of managed broadband services, has announced the appointment of Michael Mahoney as its new CTO. Hooq names Jennifer Batty as its new CCO 15 Sep 2017 Hooq, the Asian video on demand service controlled by Singtel, has announced the appointment of Jennifer Batty as its new chief content officer. Wilcon names Lehman as channel sales director 14 Sep 2017 Wilcon, the West Coast US provider of fibre and data centre infrastructure, has named Rex Lehman as its new channel sales director. LeoSat strikes deal with Supernet, appoints new CFO 13 Sep 2017 Low orbit satellite communications provider LeoSat Enterprises has struck a strategic agreement with Pakistan’s Supernet, whilst also naming Peter Schrickel as its new chief financial officer. Green Mountain CEO steps down 11 Sep 2017 Green Mountain, a Norwegian wholesale colocation data centre company, has announced that its CEO, Knut Molaug, is set to step down and has named his successor. Liquid Telecom names Willem Marais as chief business development officer 07 Sep 2017 Liquid Telecom has appointed Willem Marais as chief business development officer, to oversee the company’s business development and expansion into new markets. Hoffman named as Megaport CTO 05 Sep 2017 Megaport, a provider of elastic interconnection services has named Tim Hoffman as its new chief technology officer, effective as of 1 October. Tugee to head up SEACOM’s new business division in Africa 05 Sep 2017 SEACOM has named Tonny Tugee as head of its newly formed SEACOM Business in Kenya and its service provider division for east Africa. Bankai names new CTO 04 Sep 2017 Bankai has announced the appointment of Jay Jayasimha, as chief technology officer. Safaricom appoints two new directors 04 Sep 2017 Safaricom has appointed two new directors, days after finalising the sale of 35% of its business to Vodacom, a subsidiary of Vodafone. Juniper Networks snaps up Kristian Kerr from Brocade 01 Sep 2017 Juniper Networks has announced it has appointed Kristian Kerr as head of channel, alliances and commercial for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). IFSC appoints MD to steer 280Tb Ireland-France subsea cable 01 Sep 2017 Ireland-France Subsea Cable (IFSC), which is building an ultra-high capacity 565km cable connecting Dublin to Paris, has named Fergus Innes as managing director effective September 1, 2017. Colt hires ex-Windstream and XO exec Randy Nicklas 30 Aug 2017 Colt has appointed Randy Nicklas, former CTO of XO Communications and then Windstream in the US, as its vice president of network engineering. Ooredoo Myanmar CEO quits after two years 22 Aug 2017 Rene Meza has resigned as CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar after just two years in the post and is leaving telecoms. Ooredoo has appointed COO Vikram Sinha as acting CEO until it finds a permanent replacement. PwC appoints director to lead telecoms strategy 18 Aug 2017 PwC hires Brian Burns as a director to continue expanding its technology, media & telecommunications (TMT) deals strategy and operations team in London. China Telecom appoints Tan as president of Americas 15 Aug 2017 China Telecom has named Steven Tan as president of China Telecom Americas, the international subsidiary of the company formed in 2002. Arctic Ocean subsea project appoints telecoms veteran as CEO 14 Aug 2017 Quintillion, the company nearing completion of a subsea cable around Alaska, has appointed a new CEO following the sudden resignation of Elizabeth Pierce. Abu Dhabi group acquires FPT and appoints CEO amid $5bn subsea plans 11 Aug 2017 Private investment group Abu Dhabi Investment Group (ABDIG) has acquired a 62.5% stake in Fiber Prime Telecommunications (FPT) and named the CEO tasked with heading the company. Vodafone veteran Harper takes over at satellite operator Avanti 11 Aug 2017 Alan Harper, strategy director of Vodafone until 10 years ago, is to become acting CEO of Avanti Communications until the satellite company finds a replacement for David Williams. AMS-IX CEO and founder to step down after 17 years 04 Aug 2017 AMS-IX CEO Job Witteman is set to leave more than 17 years after he founded the Amsterdam internet exchange. Nokia Oceania MD to step into nbn CTO role 04 Aug 2017 Nokia’s managing director for Oceania, Ray Owen, is leaving the company to take up an executive position as chief technology officer at the National Broadband Network (nbn). Vodafone Qatar appoints Goschen as CFO 03 Aug 2017 Vodafone Qatar has snapped up Brett Goschen as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Retelit names Roberto Leoni as group operations director 02 Aug 2017 Italy’s Retelit has appointed Roberto Leoni as the new group operations director. AT&T puts Donovan in charge of comms, Lee as head of Mexico 01 Aug 2017 AT&T has named John Donovan as CEO of AT&T Communications from today, and Lori Lee as CEO of AT&T International. Amdocs, Comcast, Telco Systems, Verizon join MEF board 31 Jul 2017 Following the MEF, formerly known as the Metro Ethernet Forum, annual members meeting in Toronto last week, new leading industry executives have joined the MEF board of directors. Vivendi puts own man to top of TIM as Cattaneo leaves 28 Jul 2017 Vivendi executive Amos Genish is now general manager for operations at TIM, at the end of a turbulent week in the Italian company. McAllen Data Center names ex-Telefónica director as COO 26 Jul 2017 Mauricio Flores, the former sub-director of IP network engineering for Telefónica Mexico, has been named as the new chief operating officer for McAllen Data Center (MDC). Infomart Dallas names Thielamay as technology VP 26 Jul 2017 Infomart Data Centres Dallas has appointed Sandy Thielamay as its new vice president of technology. Equinix appoints president of strategy, services and innovation 25 Jul 2017 Company veteran Charles Meyers has been appointed to the newly created position of president of strategy, services and innovation at Equinix. Cattaneo gets €25m to leave TIM after ‘major and extraordinary turnaround’ 25 Jul 2017 Flavio Cattaneo has agreed compensation of €25 million in return for his resignation as CEO of TIM, despite the fact that many elements in the company did not want him to go. Former GVT head likely to be named as MD of TIM as Catteneo negotiates exit terms 24 Jul 2017 The biggest shareholder in Telecom Italia wants to put Amos Genish, former CEO of Telefônica Brasil, in as managing director of the Italian operator, which trades as TIM. Industry veteran Ian Scott named new chair of CRTC 20 Jul 2017 Former Telus executive Ian Scott has been named as the next chair of the Canada Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Juniper Networks appoints Google engineer Koley as CTO 20 Jul 2017 Juniper Networks has named Google engineer and head of network architecture Bikash Koley as its new chief technology officer, overseeing the company’s critical technology innovations. Intelsat makes three appointments in leadership restructure 19 Jul 2017 Intelsat has announced a restructure of its leadership team and three new appointments to head up broadband, mobility and media services segments at the satellite company. Exponential-e appoints Henry Pepperall to CFO 17 Jul 2017 In an appointment Exponential-e says “heralds ambitious growth plans”, experienced financial executive Henry Pepperall has been named as its new chief financial officer. Colt names Ashish Surti as chief information security officer 06 Jul 2017 Ashish Surti has been appointed to the position of chief information security officer at Colt Technology Services. Vodafone Qatar names Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al-Thani as COO 04 Jul 2017 Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al-Thani has been appointed to chief operating officer of Vodafone Qatar. Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited appoints Meyer as new chair 29 Jun 2017 David Meyers has been named as non-executive director and chair of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL). T-Systems appoints Fleutiaux to its management team 26 Jun 2017 François Fleutiaux has been named as the head of the IT division of Deutsche Telekom's business customer segment. CenturyLink reveals newest appointments to leadership team 23 Jun 2017 Centurylink has announced its newest additions to the executive leadership team which comes into effect once the acquisition of Level 3 is completed by the end of the third quarter of 2017. PGi announces new appointments to senior leadership team 22 Jun 2017 PGi has announced the promotions of John Stone to chief revenue officer, Sean O’Brien to chief strategy officer and June McCarthy to executive vice president of marketing. Edward Kennedy named as president and CEO of CENX 22 Jun 2017 CENX announced the appointment of Edward Kennedy as its new president and CEO. Kennedy has over 30 years of leadership experience having held executive positions at numerous telecommunications companies. Judith LaRocque is appointed as interim chair of the CRTC 21 Jun 2017 Canada’s government has named Judith LaRocque as interim chair of federal broadcast and telecoms regulator the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Simon Williams is named as the new CEO of NTT DATA UK 19 Jun 2017 NTT DATA UK has announced the appointment of Simon Williams as its new CEO. Williams takes over from Steve Mitchener who retired back in May, officially assuming his new role as of 7 June 2017. BT promotes Jennifer Artley to head Americas 15 Jun 2017 Jennifer Artley has been promoted to be president of BT in the Americas, succeeding Bas Burger, who became CEO of BT Global Services last month. GTT establishes carrier division 15 Jun 2017 GTT has created a new carrier division and appointed Jeff Beer as its head. NTT Com appoints Wakai as its new Singapore president and CEO 09 Jun 2017 NTT Communications' Singapore president and CEO, Takeshi Kazami, is set to resign and will be replaced by Naoki Wakai. Juniper Networks announces new leadership for EMEA business 07 Jun 2017 Juniper Networks has today announced the appointment of Marcus Jewell as senior vice president and general manager for its Europe, Middle East and Africa business. Vivendi CEO to chair Telecom Italia, but won’t supervise Sparkle 02 Jun 2017 French media company Vivendi has appointed its CEO, Arnaud de Puyfontaine, as executive chairman of the board of Telecom Italia. Zen Internet appoints wholesale managing director 31 May 2017 Zen Internet has appointed Dave Hudson as managing director of its wholesale division. Liquid Telecom hires ex Vodafone exec Whitehill to run Neotel 26 May 2017 Liquid Telecom has appointed former Vodafone executive Kyle Whitehill to run its South African network, Neotel, which it bought for $429 million in 2016. Megaport appoints Belle Lajoie as CCO 22 May 2017 Megaport has today announced that Belle Lajoie, a founding member of Megaport and previously executive vice president of Asia-Pacific at the company, has been appointed to the position of chief commercial officer. Edward Morche joins Zayo as president of sales 11 May 2017 Edward Morche has joined Zayo Group as its new president of sales, reporting in to president and COO Andrew Crouch. Aqua Comms boosts leadership team with CNO and CFO appointments 10 May 2017 Aqua Comms has expanded its leadership team with the appointments of Andy Hudson as chief networks officer and Kevin Foley as chief financial officer. Liquid Telecom names former Airtel chief Youssefi as Kenya CEO 10 May 2017 Liquid Telecom has appointed former Airtel Kenya CEO Adil Youssefi as the new chief executive officer of its Kenyan arm. Michael Foley appointed CEO of Grameenphone 08 May 2017 The Grameenphone board of directors has appointed Michael Foley as the company's chief executive officer (CEO), effective from 26 May 2017. Eutelsat names Yohann Leroy as deputy CEO 05 May 2017 Eutelsat Communications’ board of directors has appointed Yohann Leroy as deputy CEO in addition to his function as chief technical officer. TierPoint names ex-Digital Realty MD Rossabi as chief revenue officer 04 May 2017 Data centre solutions provider TierPoint has appointed Tony Rossabi as executive vice president and chief revenue officer in a newly created role. Optus appoints ex-Telstra exec as MD of wholesale and satellites 03 May 2017 Singtel-owned operator Optus has named former Telstra and Vodafone executive Stuart Bird to head up its wholesale and satellite division. Metronet (UK) appoints chairman and rebrands as M24Seven 02 May 2017 UK connectivity and internet infrastructure provider, Metronet (UK), backed by mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge, has appointed Mike Darcey as chairman. The Group is also rebranding as M24Seven. Level 3’s Laurinda Pang to head merged CenturyLink’s operations outside North America 02 May 2017 Former Global Crossing executive Laurinda Pang is to head CenturyLink’s operations in the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Asia, and Latin America, following the company’s takeover of Level 3 Communications. Globetouch appoints ex-Vodafone CEO Sarin as chair 02 May 2017 Connectivity services provider Globetouch has named former Vodafone global CEO Arun Sarin as its new chair of the board. Private equity businesswoman to chair Tata Communications 28 Apr 2017 Tata Communications has appointed private equity specialist Renuka Ramnath as chair of its board. She has been an independent director on Tata Communications’ board since December 2014. Equinix appoints Ognall to head up UK channel business 27 Apr 2017 Equinix has named Simon Ognall as UK channel and alliance director, looking after the data centre firm’s channel partner in the region. Carrier-neutral CityFibre appoints executive to head wholesale relationships 25 Apr 2017 CityFibre, the UK’s alternative wholesale provider, is stepping up its efforts to win customers by appointing a head of relationships with the carrier community. Ex-Vocus GM of wholesale joins Superloop 12 Apr 2017 Superloop has appointed the former Vocus general manager of wholesale, Dan Whitford, as general manager of strategic sales. GCX names new International MD 06 Apr 2017 Reliance Communications subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has announced the appointment of Mark Russell as managing director of GCX International. Andrew Crouch to join Zayo Group as president and COO 05 Apr 2017 Former Level 3 executive, Andrew Crouch, is to join Zayo Group on 27 April as president and chief operating officer. Comcast names Watson as CEO of its cable division 21 Mar 2017 Comcast Cable has promoted COO Dave Watson to the role of CEO, replacing Neil Smit, who becomes vice chairman of the Comcast group. Zain Group’s board appoint chairman and CEO 13 Mar 2017 Zain Group’s newly elected board has appointed Mohannad Al-Kharafi as chairman and Bader Al-Kharafi as vice-chairman and CEO of Zain Group. Kai Thiel joins Telio Group as COO 08 Mar 2017 Telio has recently hired Kai Thiel as chief operating officer and managing director for the group holding company. GBI appoints Mohamed Saro as CCO 07 Mar 2017 Gulf Bridge International (GBI), a global cloud, connectivity and content enabler, has strengthened its leadership team by announcing the appointment of Mohamed Saro as chief commercial officer. BT appoints Patel as head of continental Europe arm 23 Feb 2017 BT has named Chet Patel as the new head of its operations in continental Europe, overseeing its base across key European hubs. AMS-IX appoints Jesse Robbers as CCO 21 Feb 2017 Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) has announced the appointment of Jesse Robbers as chief commercial officer (CCO). Millicom announces new head for Tigo African business 14 Feb 2017 Millicom has promoted Mohamed Dabbour to be CEO of its African operations, replacing Cynthia Gordon, who has left the company. Digicel exec re-elected as CANTO chairman 07 Feb 2017 Julian Wilkins, government relations and public affairs director at Digicel Group, has been re-elected as chairman of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications (CANTO). Singtel’s Hooq appoints ex-BBC executive as CTO 03 Feb 2017 Singtel’s movie and video streaming service Hooq has appointed Michael Fleshman, a former BBC and Financial Times executive, as its CTO. BT’s new Openreach board plans 'to rebuild trust and credibility' 01 Feb 2017 The UK’s last-mile wholesale operator Openreach has had its first board meeting since its owner, BT, agreed to set one up in a concession to the regulator, Ofcom. Ooredoo appoints insider as CEO for Oman operation 30 Jan 2017 Ian Dench, who was group chief commercial officer at Ooredoo, has become CEO of the company’s Oman operation. Zayo's David Howson appointed CEO of Six Degrees 25 Jan 2017 Hosting and managed services provider Six Degrees Group (6DG) has today announced it has appointed David Howson as CEO as Alastair Mills becomes chairman of the Board. Sprint names Néstor Cano in new COO role 25 Jan 2017 Sprint has appointed Néstor Cano to the newly-created role of chief operating officer, reporting directly to CEO Marcelo Claure. Trump names Ajit Pai as FCC chairman 24 Jan 2017 President Donald Trump has named Republican Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), after previous chair Tom Wheeler stepped down. DE-CIX appoints Stephan Rohloff as new CMO 12 Jan 2017 DE-CIX, named best internet exchange at the 2016 Global Carrier Awards, has announced Stephan Rohloff has been appointed into the newly created position of chief marketing officer (CMO). Telenor reshuffles organisational structure 12 Jan 2017 Telenor Group has reshuffled its organisational structure and executive management team to deliver its digital strategy and transition into a more integrated global company. MEF appoints SDN pioneer Dan Pitt as SVP 11 Jan 2017 Dan Pitt, an early champion of software-defined networking (SDN), has joined the MEF’s leadership team as senior vice president. Equinix appoints Robert Busz as Poland MD 10 Jan 2017 Equinix has marked the end of its first year operating in Poland by appointing Robert Busz as managing director in the country. Mobily appoints new CEO after end of Etisalat management deal 10 Jan 2017 Saudi Arabian operator Mobily has appointed a new CEO, just two weeks after the company ended its management contract with 27.4% shareholder Etisalat. GBI board officially appoints CEO 09 Jan 2017 The board of directors of Gulf Bridge International (GBI) have named Amr Eid as its chief executive officer (CEO). Former Telenor executive Rajeev Sethi to be CCO of Airtel Africa 06 Jan 2017 Bharti Airtel has appointed former Telenor executive Rajeev Sethi as its chief commercial officer for its African operations, replacing Raghunath Mandava, who became CEO of Airtel Africa on 1 January. Dealmaker Genish joins Vivendi as head of convergence 05 Jan 2017 French media group Vivendi – a major shareholder in Telecom Italia – has appointed the former CEO of Telefónica Brazil to a senior position. Trump adds two more advisers to FCC transition team 05 Jan 2017 Donald Trump has named two more advisers to his landing team for the Federal Communications Commission as he prepares to take the US Presidency later this month. Former Airtel exec takes over as Deutsche Telekom Europe head 03 Jan 2017 Deutsche Telekom has restructured its top management by giving former Bharti Airtel executive Srini Gopalan responsibility for 11 European countries outside Germany.