Hoffman named as Megaport CTO

Megaport, a provider of elastic interconnection services has named Tim Hoffman as its new chief technology officer, effective as of 1 October.

With nearly a decade of experience in the telecoms sector in New Zealand, in the last three and a half years’ Hoffman has been leading the teams responsible for scaling large Content Distribution Networks and backbones around the world.

Speaking on his new role, Hoffman said: “Megaport has transformed the way the industry approaches connectivity, leading the way with a next-generation software defined network-based network which challenges traditional networks, as we continue to provide better and more flexible customer-focused solutions. I am excited to lead this exceptional team through our next phase of growth as we continue to challenge the norm to revolutionize the global connectivity landscape.”

In 2014 he led Twitter’s global network team, which is responsible for the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including all interconnection, backbone and content distribution infrastructure, and global data centres. In addition, he has negotiated peering agreements with some of the largest internet backbone providers in the world.

In his new role, Hoffman will reporting directly to Vincent English, Megaport’s CEO and will be responsible for managing product, procurement, network operations, network architecture, and software development.

Commenting on Hoffman’s appointment, English said: “Tim was integral in leading the development of some of the most critical networks in New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure over the previous decade. His tenure with Twitter enabled him to design a network that could deliver exponential growth. In the last year, Megaport has experienced record revenue growth of 298%, strong product and service uptake, and has expanded its global footprint. Tim’s experience within the industry aligns with Megaport’s trajectory, and will be invaluable to future growth initiatives.”