A day in the life of Paul Scott, former president, C&W Networks
12 April 2019 | Natalie Bannerman
It must be a major step change for Paul Scott, former president of C&W Networks, to have so much more time on his hands. To go from having his head down, executing plans and budgets, to a time to think and reflect on the industry at large.
But Scott takes it all in his stride, saying: “I’ve been afforded the chance to look at the broader macro across the entire spectrum of subsea, fixed line, wireless and cloud compute.”
Though Scott retains a close working relationship with C&W as a shareholder and despite the fact that it is still too early for him to divulge his next move, he says: “Am I looking at the subsea industry for opportunities that do not conflict? Absolutely”
Having held the position at C&W for over 13 years, Scott has cemented himself as a thought-leader in the telecoms world for the Caribbean and Latin America regions. The biggest challenge he sees for the sector are aging cables and fewer cables across the Pacific.
“I do see a need for new investment, particularly on the pacific side of the Americas, over the next five years or so. Google is building Curie but that’s Chile directly to LA with no intermediate stops, that’s not solving the broader Americas regional problem,” he explains.
Outside of examining the wider telecoms space, Scott says that he has “taken more interest in my golf game, which wasn’t bad but has gotten better”. Moreover, despite his energetic disposition, he is grandfather to a four-year-old and a one-year-old. “I’ve now been blessed to spend quality time with them,” he says.
Ever the philanthropist, Scott remains heavily involved in the charity work of C&W including the company’s 2019 charitable foundation golf tournament, which took place in Barbados. C&W Networks raise money for a number of pre-screened local charities, bringing in technology partners that also contribute.
“There’s nothing more rewarding in your body of work than to see a meaningful check being bestowed upon a worthy charity in these islands or countries,” adds Scott.