Former LINX CEO appointed to Simwood board of directors

Former LINX CEO appointed to Simwood board of directors

09 January 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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John Souter, the former CEO of the London Internet Exchange (LINX), has been appointed to the board of Simwood Group.

As an international telecoms company, Simwood now entrusts Souter (pictured) in assisting in the delivery of its expansion plan, providing independent analysis of, and input to, the company's activities in all territories.

"I am delighted that John has chosen to join Simwood as his first step from executive excellence into the exciting new role of activating, supporting, testing and challenging the Simwood board to over-achieve on the company's ambitions, its corporate aims and its staff,” said Grahame Davies, chairman of Simwood Group. “He will bring a fresh and uninhibited approach to our strategy ensuring the maximum chance of success."

Souter recently stepped from his position as CEO of LINX after 18 years in the role. Under his leadership LINX saw continued growth in increasingly competitive markets. This includes the company’s expansion into the US whilst carrying out continued global support activities. In addition, LINX also maintained its position as the world's largest member-owned Internet Exchange Point, with over 900 ISPs and carrier members across 80 countries.

"I am energised and eagerly anticipating joining the innovative and ambitious team at Simwood. I have respected their attitude, approach and ethos for many years and am looking forward to bringing a focussed, diligent approach to their business,” added Souter. “It is extremely pleasing to make my first venture from executive to non-executive activities with them."

Simwood says that it is continuing its aggressive growth in its UK and US markets, as well as expanding by way of acquisition. Therefore, the appointment is an essential step in strengthening top-level oversight and adding experience in implementing controls befitting a larger multinational business.