Zayo’s Steve Orlando joins Seaborn as CEO

Zayo’s Steve Orlando joins Seaborn as CEO

08 October 2020 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Subsea cable operator Seaborn Networks has appointed Steve Orlando of Zayo as its CEO, three months after the group emerged from bankruptcy protection.

Orlando (pictured) officially started last week, but Seaborn has waited until now to make the announcement.

Pete Hayes, chairman of the board at Seabras Group, said: “Steve brings a strong history of leadership and telecommunications experience, and he’s thoroughly equipped to lead Seaborn as it looks to address evolving global communications requirements.”

Orlando was senior VP of fibre solutions for Zayo’s central region, based in Detroit, until his new appointment, having joined from Level 3 Communications, where he spent more than 10 years, and before that Verizon, MCI and Global Crossing.

Todd Bright, partner and head of private infrastructure Americas at global private markets investment manager Partners Group, which owns Seaborn on behalf of its clients, said: “I welcome Steve to the Seaborn team and look forward to the strategic insight, leadership and results he brings, not only to the company, but also its customers and the communications industry at large.”

Partners Group took control of Seaborn and its associate companies in July after Seabras went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy possession.

As the group emerged, Larry Schwartz, former CEO of Seaborn, and Roger Kuebel, former CFO, left the company. Hayes took over as interim CEO, with Don Shassian becoming interim CFO.

“I’m thrilled to join the team at Seaborn as they deliver their signature technology-driven, client-first approach and best-in-class solutions,” said Orlando. “I look forward to working alongside these industry leaders and collectively developing our world-class skills and transformational services.”