Our senior management team has extensive operating and industry experience, and in-depth market knowledge of the telecommunications and ICT sectors.
A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Bill Barney is CEO of Reliance Communications (RCOM) in addition to his role as Chairman & CEO of Global Cloud Xchange (GCX).
Mr. Barney 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, Mr. Barney 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 Mr. Barney served 10 years as CEO of Pacnet, during which the company achieved industry-leading growth and won numerous awards and recognitions. Mr. Barney 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, Mr. Barney 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).
Mr. Barney received his MBA from Columbia University and BA from Wesleyan University.
Rory Cole 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, Mr. Cole 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.
Mr. Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Science from Ohio State University.
Wilfred Kwan is Chief Operating Officer of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), responsible for global operations, engineering, customer service and IT.
Mr. Kwan has more than 25 years of senior management experience in telecoms operation, software development, integrated circuit design, product development, customer service and network planning.
Mr. Kwan joins the company from Pacnet where he served as Chief Technology Officer for more than ten years. A seasoned engineering and operations professional, Mr. Kwan 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, Mr. Kwan 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.
Mr. Kwan 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 is Chief Marketing Officer of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), responsible for global marketing, communications and media/analysts relations.
Ms Wong joins the company with over 25 years of marketing, communications and media experience, most recently as Vice President of Global PR, Corporate and Internal Communications at HTC. Earlier she served 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.
Ms. Wong 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.
Ms. Wong 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.
Gina Haspilaire is Chief Human Resource Officer of Reliance Communications and Global Cloud Xchange, responsible for the company’s Global HR and Facilities management functions.
Ms. Haspilaire joined the company in 2015 with more than 25 years of experience in general management, global strategy, business development, sales, marketing, HR and customer services. Previously, she was VP of Sales for the Americas at HENKEL, Adhesive Technologies. She also served more than 10 years as VP & Managing Director, at Pacnet where she was responsible for the USA and EU markets, ranking in the company’s top 3 for 9 consecutive years.
Earlier, Ms. Haspilaire served as Principal, International Technology Practice at executive search firm, Heidrick & Struggles where she led an array of consulting services focused on senior leadership, organizational development, recruitment, talent management, assessment, and retention. Her extensive telecoms background originated from AT&T where she served for 14 years in various leadership roles including Director of Customer Service, Director of Enterprise Sales, Director of Investor Relations, Strategic Planning Manager for the CIO, and a Computer Software Engineer at the former Bell Labs.
Ms. Haspilaire is currently a Director on the Board of PC Tel, a NASDAQ traded technology company. She received the 2017 FEMINA Woman Leadership Congress Exemplary Women Leadership award, and under her leadership, Global Cloud Xchange and Reliance (Enterprise) was named by Times Ascent – Dream Company to Work for HR Award in the Institutional Building category.
Ms. Haspilaire received her MBA from Columbia University and a BS in Mathematics / Computer Science from St. John’s University in New York.
Vanina de Verneuil is General Counsel of Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), responsible for global corporate and legal affairs.
Ms. de Verneuil joins the company with over 10 years of experience representing corporate and financial institutions on a variety of capital markets and M&A transactions. She has led award-winning transactions in the government sector as well as for social media and OTT organizations. Ms. de Verneuil has broad-based legal experience in transactions in the Americas, Europe and Asia and is also fluent and has worked in Spanish, French, English, Mandarin and Portuguese.
Prior to joining GCX, Ms. de Verneuil was a senior corporate lawyer at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing. She began her legal career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.
Ms. de Verneuil received her J.D. from NYU Law, her B.A. from Duke University and completed Wharton Business School’s Executive Education in Strategy and General Management. She also obtained a diploma in European Legal Studies from the University of Paris X in Paris, France.
Mark Russell is the Managing Director of Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) International, responsible for all sales and overseeing strategic development of GCX enterprise and wholesale business globally.
Mr Russell joins GCX with over 25 years of telecom and technology experience, most recently as Director of Global Accounts for Netapp Inc. in London where he doubled revenues in his first year and achieved top vendor award from HSBC against all global vendors. Prior to Netapp, he served as Vice President of Global Sales and Acting CEO for Empower Interactive, a UK-based software company that provided messaging solutions to the mobile industry.
Mr. Russell’s extensive telecom experience include 8 years in senior sales management roles at MCI (now Verizon Business). Under his leadership as VP and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, the company won Best Asian Call Centre award for 3 consecutive years and achieved significant revenue growth across the region. He also served 10 years in sales leadership positions with Cable & Wireless in London where he achieved sales growth for the company across enterprise markets.
Braham Singh is SVP of Global Product Management, responsible for the global product portfolio across Reliance Communications (RCOM) and Global Cloud Xchange (GCX). In addition, he also manages the company’s National Long Distance (NLD) and Data Center businesses.
Mr. Singh joins the company with over 30 years of telecoms experience, most recently as Vice President & Senior Advisor for International Business at Hutchison Global Communications (HGC). He also served as head of the company’s OTT Services, where he was instrumental in the development HGC’s global infrastructure sales including that for data centers, content delivery network, cloud and cloud connectivity services. Over the years, Mr. Singh delivered a solid record in driving HGC’s growth across global markets.
Prior to HGC, Mr. Singh was CEO at the Red Snapper, a Malaysian government funded initiative to promote wireless broadband in the country. Mr. Singh also served as COO of PCCW Global (formerly BtN Access) where he was the business unit’s first employee and instrumental in setting up the business. This is in addition to earlier leadership roles with Hutchison AT&T, Sprint International, Global One and Teleglobe International.
Mr. Singh started his career as a C programmer on PDP11s and rose from the ranks. He has several technical articles and one book, Bombay Swastika, to his credit, which became an Amazon Best Read in January 2018. His second book, “BGP Games” is scheduled to be out in 2019.
Chris van Zinnicq Bergmann, 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.