Seacom names new CEO
TELECOMS| Aug. 30, 2011, 10:10 a.m.
Industry veteran Mark Simpson has been named the new CEO of undersea cable firm Seacom.
The appointment will come into effect on 5 September, with Brian Herlihy taking on the new role of strategic director.
With more than 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Mark Simpson has held a number of senior international executive positions during his career, most recently as President and CEO of Pacific Crossing, a company operating a trans-Pacific cable system between the United States and Japan. He was also COO and CTO at Asia Netcom (now Pacnet) and CEO of C2C Pte Ltd, Asia's then largest cable system.
Commenting on his appointment, Simpson said: “The SEACOM system has changed the African ICT landscape and I am pleased to be joining a market shaping company with a firm plan to evolve its core infrastructure and lead Africa into the next stage of ICT Growth.
Seacom says Simpson will be responsible for leading the company into a new era of data-based projects and growth assisted by Herlihy. In addition he will bring to bear his operational know-how in developing and running a best-in-class quality of service international network.
In his new capacity as Executive Director, Herlihy will retain a key role in the strategic direction of the company. He said: “I am confident that our cooperation will provide me the capacity to pursue the correct partnerships necessary for Seacom’s vision to truly lead the development of the African Internet.”
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
Employees voice concern over IPODaggers have been drawn between the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) employees and the management over an alleged lack of consultation on the Initial Public Offer. Read More
Local firms reap rewards of BOFINET tenderA multi-million dollar tender issued by Botswana Fibre Networks (BOFINET) will benefit a handful of local ICT and construction organisations. Read More
Vodafone Ghana wins two CIMG awardsVodafone Ghana has been adjudged the Telecommunications Company of the Year 2013, while its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, HealthLine, picked the TV Programme of the Year 2013 award at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Awards held in Accra. Read More
Gabon, World Bank sign US$58 million-fibre optic agreementGabon and the World Bank have signed a US$58 million agreement that will clear the way for the construction of a major fibre optic infrastructure to link the country’s five provinces and cross over to the Republic of Congo. Read More
Operators to suffer $14bn in lost revenues this yearA new report has found that voice and messaging traffic lost to OTT (Over The Top) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost network operators $14 billion in revenues globally this year. Read More
Wiko eyes 10% market shareNew entrant to Nigeria’s mobile phone industry and French firm, Wiko Mobile, says it is targeting 10 per cent of Nigeria’s market. Read More
TeliaSonera International Carrier strengthens connectivity in Western AfricaTeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) and Angola Cables have announced an IP Transit agreement that will enhance regional connectivity to TSIC’s customer base along the West African coast using Angola Cables’ significant submarine cable assets. Read More
We’ve built West Africa's strongest aerial fibre, says Phase 3 chiefThe Chief Executive Officer of Phase 3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede, says the firm has invested massively in building a very robust aerial fibre network to improve connectivity across the country and the entire West African sub-region. Read More
Orange launches reward scheme for corporate clientsOrange has introduced a loyalty programme for its corporate clients, dubbed Corporate Ziada. Read More
FEATURED STORYGrowing African focus on data security
Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.
COMPANY NEWSVMware reports third quarter 2014 results
VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced Year-over-Year Revenue Growth of 18% to $1.52 Billion in its financial results for the third quarter ...