GTT names Ernie Ortega as division president, Americas

17 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman


GTT Communications has appointed Ernie Ortega as its new division president of the Americas.

In his new role, Ortega will lead the Americas division, including enterprise, channel, carrier and government clients.

Along with Ortega’s appointment, the company also confirmed the promotion of Jesper Aagaard to the expanded role of division president of Europe including the UK. Together all division heads lead all primary client experience functions including sales, quoting, ordering, service delivery and overall client account management to drive revenue growth for the company.

“We are excited to have Ernie join the GTT leadership team as we execute on our growth strategy in our division structure,” said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO.  “Ernie’s proven track record of driving organic revenue growth by building strong teams focused on customer satisfaction, retention and market share gains will be instrumental in building GTT’s market presence in the Americas. Ernie and Jesper will expand GTT’s quota-bearing sales force to 500 representatives worldwide to address the significant market opportunity as we deliver on our purpose of connecting people across organisations around the world and to every application in the cloud.”

Ortega enters the role with extensive experience in delivering revenue growth. Prior to his appointment at GTT, he served as CEO of Towerstream. Before that he also held senior executive roles at Colt Technology Services, Cogent and XO Communications, he started his career at MCI.

In August 2018, Aagaard was named as the Europe division president. At the time his responsibilities were for all GTT clients in continental Europe. He joined the company since its acquisition of Interroute, where he served as managing director of the company in the Nordics and the Netherlands.

Martin Ford will continue to lead the UK region, reporting to Mr. Aagaard. Jeff Beer will continue to lead the Carrier business in the Americas, reporting to Mr. Ortega.