Aqua Comms appoints Nigel Bayliff as new CEO

25 October 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Aqua Comms has appointed Nigel Bayliff as its new chief executive officer to drive the growth of the company’s next-gen subsea networks.

Nigel BayliffNigel Bayliff, who has over 25 years’ global telecoms experience and joined Aqua Comms earlier this month, takes over from Greg Varisco who had been in place on an interim basis and remains a senior executive of Aqua Comms. The board of directors thanked Varisco for his vision in helping to build Ireland’s first dedicated trans-Atlantic subsea fibre-optic network, the America-Europe-Connect (AEConnect).

“We are excited for Nigel to join the team as our new CEO,” said Varisco. “Nigel’s strategic vision, technological expertise and proven leadership experience with some of the most successful global telecom and subsea cable companies in the world will prove invaluable as Aqua Comms embarks on the next leg of its journey and expands its customer base and networks.”

Bayliff is tasked with enhancing “the strategic vision of providing secure, next-generation international data connectivity to Ireland’s growing digital economy while accelerating customer growth on Aqua Comms’ existing networks, and guiding exploratory work on planned new routes,” a company release stated.

Commenting on his appointment, Bayliff said: “I am very pleased to join Aqua Comms and lead the company in its next phase of growth. We will focus initially on facilitating a superhighway to feed the digital economy in Ireland and beyond, securing a proud place in the transatlantic telecommunications market.”

Bayliff has held stints at Huawei Marine Networks, where he served as CEO and a board member, and FLAG Telecom, where he served as an officer and deputy chairman for a number of group companies. At FLAG, he was responsible for the construction and operation of the 65,000km FLAG global network.

Aqua Comms was recently awarded €22 million from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and also partnered with Ciena to successfully trial 150Gbps on the AEConnect subsea cable.