Appointments

BICS' former CEO takes on chair role

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The former CEO of BICS, Daniel Kurgan, has been appointed to chair the board of directors for InterCloud.

Kurgan, who was replaced at BICS by Matteo Gatta just over a year ago, will work alongside founder and CEO Jérôme Dilouya and support InterCloud's international development, for which InterCloud raised €100 million in its Series D round, which concluded last month. The round was led by Aleph Capital.

Dilouya said: “With our latest fundraising, we wanted to give our company a truly international character, and Daniel’s appointment is the perfect reflection of that. His skills, knowledge and experience are qualities that will help us conquer the European and global markets. I look forward to working closely with Daniel and benefiting from his expertise.”

Kurgan started his 15-year stint with BICS in 2005 when he was appointed VP of commercial operations. He was promoted to CEO in March 2007 and left last year.

Under his leadership, BICS gained 25% global market share and carved a name for itself in connectivity, interoperability, and authentication services. Kurgan led multiple M&A transactions including the JV agreements with Swisscom and MTN, and the transforming acquisition of TeleSign in 2017.

Kurgan said: “I am delighted with the confidence InterCloud has shown in me with this appointment, and I relish the challenge it represents. InterCloud solutions will enable companies worldwide to optimise and secure access to their strategic resources in the Cloud. The company has positioned itself in a market with huge potential, and together we will drive its global leadership.”

InterCloud describes itself as the only software-defined cloud interconnect (SDCI) provider delivering a secure, end-to-end managed service. It has set its sights on the European cloud interconnection market and in previous funding rounds has been backed by the likes of Orange Digital Ventures, CNP Assurances, UL Invest, Weber Invest, Cap Horn Invest, Ventech, Hi Inov Dentressangle, SNCF Digital Ventures and BPI France.

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