SEACOM to appoint new CEO

31 August 2011 |


African subsea cable operator SEACOM will appoint Mark Simpson as its new CEO in early September.

Simpson brings more than 25 years experience from the telecoms sector, including serving as president and CEO for the trans-pacific subsea cable operator Pacific Crossing. He has also been COO and Chief CTO at Asia Netcom, which has since become Pacnet.

Simpson commented: “The SEACOM system has changed the African ICT landscape and I am pleased to be joining a market shaping company with a firm plan to evolve its core infrastructure and lead Africa into the next stage of ICT growth.

SEACOM hopes Simpson’s appointment will mark a “new era of data-based projects and growth” for the company. He will be assisted by existing CEO Brian Herlihy, who will remain with the company as a member of the board as well as becoming an executive director focussed on strategic projects.

“Mark’s extended experience ensures that SEACOM can leapfrog technology evolutions and develop a best-in-class pan-African solution,” said Herlihy.