LEADERSHIP

Our senior management team has extensive operating and industry experience, and in-depth market knowledge of the telecommunications and ICT sectors.

Bill Barney

Chief Executive Officer

A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Bill is CEO of Reliance Communications (RCOM) in addition to his role as Chairman & CEO of Global Cloud Xchange (GCX).

Bill joined the company in 2014 as CEO of Reliance Globalcom, which later rebranded as GCX. His role expanded in 2016 to include responsibility for RCOM’s India Enterprise and Global Data Center businesses. Under his leadership, the company has entered a new stage of growth and expansion including GCX’s successful debut in the international capital markets and the global launch of its next generation content and Cloud delivery platform.

Since 2017, Bill has received numerous recognitions for his industry leadership including DataCloud Asia’s Data Center Achievement and Thought Leadership awards in 2017 & 2018 respectively for his significant contributions to the Data Center industry. In 2018, Times Ascent Dream Companies to Work For 2018 Awards at the World HRD Congress honored Mr. Barney with its ‘CEO with HR Orientation’ award.

Earlier Bill served 10 years as CEO of Pacnet, during which the company achieved industry-leading growth and won numerous awards and recognitions. Bill was named CEO of the Year by Telecom Asia in 2008 and voted Best Asia Pacific Telecom Executive by readers of CommsDay in 2009.

His past roles also include APAC President & CEO, MCI Worldcom, where he led the company through a three-digit growth phase; Vice President of Asia, ME & Africa at Global One; and sales leadership positions at AT&T.

Across the telecom and technology sectors, Bill has been an advocate for regulatory and industry change and a major proponent of Cloud Computing and Open networks. His leadership also extends to more than 8 years on the Board of Governors for the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC).

Bill received his MBA from Columbia University and BA from Wesleyan University.

Rory Cole

Chief Financial Officer

Rory is Chief Financial Officer of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) and has overall responsibility for global financial planning, management and strategic initiatives. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of GCX’s Data and Voice business units focused on providing services to Carriers and ISPs globally.

Joining the company with more than 25 years of telecom and technology experience, Rory has a proven track record of radically improving the financial and operating performance of large multinational telecommunications companies.

His extensive experience in complex corporate and financial restructuring includes that of MCI/ Worldcom, where he was Chief Financial Officer of MCI EMEA, a division worth $3.5 Bn. He has also played a major role in Verizon’s acquisition of MCI where he was Chief Operating Officer for Verizon Business’ International business unit. This unit operated in 85 countries and had annual turnover of $4.5 Bn.

Rory holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Science from Ohio State University.

Wilfred Kwan

Chief Operating Officer

Wilfred is Chief Operating Officer of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), responsible for global operations, engineering, customer service and IT.

Wilfred has more than 25 years of senior management experience in telecoms operation, software development, integrated circuit design, product development, customer service and network planning.
Wilfred joins the company from Pacnet where he served as Chief Technology Officer for more than ten years. A seasoned engineering and operations professional, Wilfred successfully led key strategic projects ranging from implementing network expansion to launching new products and managing post-merger integrations of various entities.

Prior to Pacnet, Wilfred served as Director of Operations for WorldCom Asia Pacific, responsible for overall operational efficiencies such as MTTR, on-time delivery and operations cost. He has also held various management positions with Global One, Lucent Technologies, Motorola and Nortel.

Wilfred has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, where he also received his undergraduate degree in the same discipline. Additionally, he has an MS in Financial Management from the University of London.

Lorain Wong

Chief Marketing Officer

Lorain is Chief Marketing Officer of Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) and Reliance Communications (RCOM), responsible for global marketing, brand management, corporate communications and media/analysts relations.

With more than 25 years of global marketing, communications and media experience, Lorain was listed in Data Economy publication (2019) amongst the world's 50 most influential women in the data economy. She earlier served as Vice President of Global PR, Corporate and Internal Communications at HTC and nine years as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Pacnet where she established and built the company’s corporate identity across Asia Pacific, leading to key industry recognitions.

Lorain also served as head of marketing and communications for Qwest Asia and Global One Asia Pacific. Her earlier roles include Director of Partnership Marketing and Director of Communications for AT&T Global Consumer Services in Southern California where she won numerous accolades for her work in multicultural marketing.

Lorain began her career in television news and has produced and reported for a number of ABC and CBS affiliates in the United States. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also pursued graduate studies in media law.

Elizabeth Neiner

Chief Administrative Officer

Elizabeth is Chief Administrative Officer for Global Cloud Xchange responsible for Human Resources, Facilities, Sales Operation and Corporate Restructuring.

Elizabeth joined the company in 2016 as Executive Senior Vice President, Finance where she successfully managed all financial aspects of our India Enterprise Business including commercial; financial management & reporting; development of internal control policies and procedures; and billing, credit and collection functions.

Elizabeth has more than 20 years of global experience as a financial executive, including 10+ years in telecommunications. She previously served as Financial Controller for MCI Asia Pacific (now Verizon) where she built and managed a financial shared services center and was responsible for tax, audit and key financial initiatives. Elizabeth's diverse and very extensive finance background also include financial management, system conversions, audit and Sarbanes Oxley testing/remediation roles with a number of US organizations including the Defense Logistics Agency, Freddie Mac USA and the American Red Cross. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Elizabeth received her MBA in International Business from Marymount University in Virginia, in addition to her BA in Business and Accounting from Wittenberg University, Ohio.

Martin Stone

General Counsel

Martin joined GCX as Interim General Counsel of GCX in July 2018 and in 2019 became General Counsel of the company. He is responsible for global corporate and legal affairs.

With over 20 years of telecom experience across Asia in the provisioning of in-house legal services, Martin’s experience covers a complete range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues arising from daily operations, M&A activities, licensing, IP management, litigation, outsourcing, procurement, general contracting and business restructuring.

Martin earlier served as General Counsel of REACH Ltd; General Counsel of C2C Pte Ltd; SVP-Head of Legal Services, Asia Netcom Corporation Limited; and Chief Counsel Asia Pacific Region for British Telecommunications plc. .

Martin qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and received his Bachelor of Laws from Manchester University.

Stefano Mazzitelli

President of Europe and USA

Stefano, President of Europe and USA for GCX, joined the company in 2015 with over 30 years of telecoms experience. Prior to his current role, Stefano was Country Manager, GCX Italy.

Before joining GCX, Stefano was senior advisor to Telemarine S.p.a., a start-up company in Italy leading the development and construction of a new West Italy subsea cable to connect key Mediterranean cable systems.

His extensive telecoms leadership roles also include President of International Operations for Telecom Italia Group and earlier CEO of Telecom Italia Sparkle. Stefano’s wealth of experience also include international management roles with Sprint, Olivetti Infostrada and AT&T.

Fabrizio Civitarese

President of Asia Pacific

Fabrizio is President of Asia Pacific for Global Cloud Xchange, responsible for driving sales and business development across the region.

Fabrizio joined Global Cloud Xchange (formerly FLAG Telecom and Reliance Globalcom) in June 2000 as Strategy and Corporate Development Director for Asia Pacific. Since 2002, he served as Vice President of Sales for the region and was instrumental in delivering significant growth to the business.

With over 22 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, prior to joining Global Cloud Xchange, Fabrizio held various senior positions in the Telecom Italia Group in Italy and Europe and led projects in the Middle East and South America.

Fabrizio holds a First Class Honors Degree in Economics with major in Business Administration from the University of Rome, Italy.

Vineet Verma

President of Middle East & Africa

Vineet is our President of Middle East & Africa.

Vineet has more than 20 years of experience, 13 of which were at Global Telecom Business. He is experienced in network planning, operations, procurement, and product management. He joined Reliance Industries in 1996 and since then he has remained with Reliance Group. Following the acquisition of FLAG by the Reliance Group, Vineet joined FLAG in 2006 and was a part of the core team to lead the transition of various functions after the acquisition of FLAG Telecom, Yipes and Vanco. He also led Procurement, Managed Services Operations and Product Development & Management Teams over the last 10 years.

Chris van Zinnicq Bergmann

SVP, Corporate Development

Chris, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, is responsible for global strategic transactions, network expansion and M&A activities for Global Cloud Xchange (GCX).

Since joining the company in 2014, Chris has contributed to GCX in both sales and corporate development across Europe and North America.

With more than 25 years of global telecommunications experience, Chris also served as business development advisor to Inteliglobe and held leadership roles during his 13+ years at Pacnet, including Head of Europe and Head of Southeast Asia and India. He also served as Director of Regional Development during the transition of Asia Global Crossing to Asia Netcom, which later evolved into Pacnet.

Chris started his telecom career in Amsterdam where he held corporate as well as sales related positions at BT, Unisource (a joint venture between KPN, Telia and Swisscom) and AT&T-Unisource.

Chris received his MA in Dutch Law from Groningen University in The Netherlands and an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK.

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