CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

7 February 2014

Africa: Mark Simpson Quits As Seacom CEO, Brian Herlihy Back As Boss

SEACOM today announced that CEO Mark Simpson has decided to leave the company to pursue personal interests.

This is according to a statement released from the company on Thursday.

Mr Simpson has lead the business from a successful project finance initiative into a dynamic broadband subsea cable operator.

SEACOM founder and former CEO Brian Herlihy is to resume the leadership role at the company.

As CEO, Herlihy will be tasked with continuing the expansion of SEACOM's product offering and customer service offering into Africa and beyond.

Mark Simpson joined SEACOM in 2011 to lead the organisation as it grew into a new era of data-based projects. He is also an industry veteran with more than 25 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. Previously, he held a number of senior international executive positions during his career. Before joining SEACOM he served as President and CEO of Pacific Crossing (serving US and Asia carriers), CEO of C2C Pte Ltd and COO and CTO at Asia Netcom (now Pacnet).

SEACOM operates a 17,000km subsea broadband cable that connectsEast and West Coast of Africa .However, SEACOM's reach extends to and from Europe, India and Asia. The pan-African network uses bundled backhaul, open access points of presence (PoPs) and global partnerships to provide end-to-end wholesale connectivity around the world for African network operators.

In service since July 2009, SEACOM has increased the availability of International bandwidth ten-fold and more so in many of Africa's most underserved nations. The only privately funded and truly neutral carrier in its market, SEACOM also offers a comprehensive suite of Internet Protocol (IP) and clear channel services to the wholesale market.

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