Tata names Bob Laskey as head of Americas

Tata Communications has appointed former CenturyLink executive Bob Laskey as its regional head of Americas.

Laskey enters the role with over 20 years’ experience, having worked for CenturyLink, Microsoft, Oracle and Accenture. 

In his new role, Laskey and his team will focus on helping enterprises overcome the technological barriers of successfully operating in developed and high-growth economies such as Africa, the Middle East, South America and Asia. His aim is to speed up the growth rate of Tata’s $2.9 billion market share in the Americas, the company’s largest market outside of India. 

Speaking on his new appointment, Laskey, said: “In this digital era, businesses’ survival depends on reliable, ubiquitous access to data, and their ability to communicate and collaborate seamlessly worldwide – whether they’re in New York, Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai or Hong Kong. They need consultative technology partners to support their borderless growth powered by data, and help them cope with the complexities that come with operating across different established and emerging markets. As leading cloud companies, manufacturers and other enterprises continue to invest outside of the Americas, I look to strengthen Tata Communications’ position as one of the few truly global technology and telecoms players that is able to meet the needs of today’s data economy.”

Tata has made recently made several investments in its infrastructure in the Americas. Earlier this month, the company connected its network the recently launched Seabras-1 cable. The subsea cable connecting New York City and São Paulo is now connected to Tata’s Wall, NJ cable landing station and its global network. In addition, Tata has built three new points of presence (PoP) in Jacksonville, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota and St. Louis, Missouri, growing its footprint to 48 PoP’s across the US.

James Parker, chief revenue officers at Tata Communications, added: “The World Economic Forum estimates that the value of digitization across industries could be greater than $100 trillion over the next 10 years – and cloud, connectivity and UCC technologies are critical to any business with global growth ambitions. Yet, many US businesses struggle building a truly global IT infrastructure when they expand to new markets. With Bob on-board, we’re better placed to grow our Americas business and support our customers’ digital transformation on a global scale, helping them boost productivity and generate new revenue streams with agility.”