SCCN appoints ex-2degrees wholesale head as CEO steps down

21 December 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) president and CEO, Anthony Briscoe, has announced he will step down and retire.

Briscoe (pictured), who has held the role of CEO and president for almost five years, will remain in a consultative role as Laurie Miller transitions into the CEO and president role, starting on 1 March. Miller was previously the head of wholesale and interconnect at New Zealand carrier 2degrees.

Commenting on his appointment, Miller said: “I am honoured to have been elected as Southern Cross’ next president and CEO. It is a privilege to be part of an organisation that delivers high quality services and innovative solutions for its clients. Southern Cross has a great culture, the broadest submarine cable capability in the market and a winning strategy that has enabled it to grow strongly.

“Building further on that success with Southern Cross NEXT is a challenge I accept with confidence and determination. I am passionately committed to placing our clients and staff at the absolute centre of everything we do to continue Southern Cross’ legacy of success.”

Board director David Havercroft said: “We very much appreciate Anthony’s efforts and his service to Southern Cross since his appointment nearly five years ago. Anthony has been pivotal to Southern Cross successfully driving the Southern Cross NEXT project to its current point.

“We wish Anthony every regard in his retirement and well-earned break after years of significant contribution to both Southern Cross and the international telecommunications industry.”

The announcement comes just days after Telstra revealed its intentions to acquire a 25% stake in SCCN,  and substantial capacity on both the existing network and the new 12,250km trans-Pacific Southern Cross Next subsea cable, which has 72Tb of design capacity.

Briscoe said: “Southern Cross has always been a provider of high-quality customer focused and resilient international capacity solutions, and the addition of the new Southern Cross Next route to the existing platform will provide existing and future customers with further resiliency and connectivity options between Australia/New Zealand and to the US via Los Angeles. We are delighted that Telstra has committed to the cable as an anchor customer, and more so that Telstra sees the value in our capability long-term and is set to take a stake in the company.”

“Telstra has long been a key customer of Southern Cross and this investment will mean Telstra has an immediate ownership interest in the existing Southern Cross network, as well as in Southern Cross Next," added Michael Ebeid group executive for enterprise at Telstra earlier this week.