Executive Committee and Board of Directors

Many people do great things here at Colt. Here are a few people who understand the IT industry, are listening to your needs and learning about what we can do to make a genuine difference to your business.
 

Rakesh Bhasin, CEO Colt Technology Services

Rakesh Bhasin, Chief Executive Officer

Rakesh Bhasin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Colt in December 2006. Prior to joining Colt, Rakesh was President and Chief Executive at KVH Co. Ltd, a Fidelity Asia-focused telecom and network solutions provider headquartered in Tokyo. He continues to be a non-executive Chairman of KVH Co. Ltd today.

Prior to joining KVH, Rakesh served in senior positions within AT&T, including head of AT&T Asia Pacific's managed network services business from 1993 – 1997 and President, AT&T Japan, Ltd. He was also Senior Managing Director, Japan Telecom Company Limited.

Rakesh received a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering from George Washington University. He also attended the Berkeley Executive Program at the University of California at Berkeley and the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


François Eloy, EVP, Colt Communication Services

François Eloy, EVP, Colt Communication Services

François Eloy was appointed EVP, Colt Communication Services (CCS) in January 2011, François Eloy’s prime responsibility is to integrate the activities of the Wholesale and Midsize business divisions and focus on selling transactional services to meet needs of the channel through an indirect client engagement.

Previously Francois was Managing Director of Wholesale with the responsibility of positioning Wholesale at Colt as Europe's leading information delivery platform supplier to Carriers, Service Providers and System Integrators that require solutions across Europe. François joined Colt in January 2006 from BT Global Services where he successfully established BT France as a major new player with the launch of their Major Business Channel. He was previously with Equant for 10 years in a variety of roles, culminating in the position of Managing Director, Equant France.


Mark Ferrari, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Ferrari, Chief Financial Officer

Executive Director, 53, was appointed as Chief Financial Officer on 31 March 2011, having been a Non-Executive Director since 1 January 2009. He is a former Managing Director of Devonshire Investors and also served as Chairman of FIML Natural Resources and Backyard Farms Holding, LLC and as director on the boards of a number of other Devonshire portfolio companies. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mark was Vice President of Finance at Kronos Inc and began his career at Ernst & Young.


Dr Jürgen Hernichel, EVP, Colt Enterprise Services

Dr Jürgen Hernichel, EVP, Colt Enterprise Services

Dr Jürgen Hernichel is the Executive Vice President of Colt Enterprise Services, which delivers complex IT and communications solutions to large enterprises across Europe and beyond. He was formerly EVP, Business Services Unit (BSU) and was responsible for integrating the activities of Colt’s Shared Service Centres. Before that, Jürgen was Managing Director, Northern Region and Managing Director, Germany for Colt.

Prior to joining Colt, he spent seven years with T-Systems international – the business customer arm of Deutsche Telekom AG. At T-Systems, Jürgen was Managing Director Sales and Marketing which gave him responsibility for the worldwide major enterprise business of Deutsche Telekom AG.

He has also worked for NASA in California, USA and held senior positions at Thyssen Handelsunion, playing an important role in the foundation of Thyssen Telecom AG.

Jürgen holds a PhD in physics and an MBA from University of Cologne.


Mark Leonard, EVP, Infrastructure Services Unit

Mark Leonard, EVP, Infrastructure Services Unit

Mark Leonard was appointed EVP, Infrastructure Services Unit (ISU) in January 2011, and is responsible for integrating the activities of Operations, Technology and IT. The ISU is one service unit that owns network, IT infrastructure operations, technology as well as internal IT.

Mark joined Colt as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in February 2008 with the responsibility for the management and development of Colt's IT systems. He has extensive experience of IT within the telecoms sector, having held the position of CIO at Vodafone UK, IT Director at NTL, as well as a senior management role at IBM Global Services.

Prior to working in the telecoms sector, Mark worked in senior IT roles in banking and retail. 


Paul Musson, EVP, Human Resources

Paul Musson, EVP, Human Resources

Paul Musson was appointed EVP, Human Resources with effect from January 2011. Paul has a clear remit to drive the people and performance agenda ‘top down’ across Colt’s business and service units.

Paul recently completed a successful period as Director, People & Organisation Development where he led the implementation, continuous improvement and effective use of the Colt Talent Management system, to support improved performance and career management. He also championed enhancements to our recruitment processes and developed our leadership development programmes. Paul was a key member of the strategic project team supporting the implementation of the new operating model through concept and design to implementation.

Paul has over 22 years’ experience in Human Resources, working at a leadership level, with his last two appointments being corporate roles at global FTSE 100/S&P 250 companies, BAE Systems & Weatherford International.

Paul holds an MSc in People & Organisation Development from the University of Sussex. 


Richard Oosterom, EVP, Group Strategy & Business Development

Richard Oosterom, EVP, Group Strategy & Business Development

Richard Oosterom was appointed EVP, Group Strategy & Business Development in January 2011. Richard is responsible for the wider Colt strategy and the execution of strategic initiatives within Colt’s business plans.

Previously he was Managing Director, Business Process Outsourcing. Prior to this, Richard spent two years as the MD in Germany, and has held a number of senior management positions including head of Major Business and head of Sales Operations and Support. He joined Colt in 2002 as MD Colt Benelux.

Before Colt, Richard worked in the IT industry for companies including Cap Gemini and EDS.


Caroline Griffin Pain, Company Secretary

Caroline Griffin Pain, Company Secretary

Caroline Griffin Pain was appointed Company Secretary in April 2005.

Caroline joined Colt from a Reuters joint venture, Radianz, where she was Company Secretary having previously held senior management positions at Antfactory and Rea Brothers Group plc where she was General Counsel. 


Operating Committee - Adriaan Oosthoek

Adriaan Oosthoek, EVP, Data Centre Services

Adriaan joined Colt as the EVP, Data Centre Services in April 2013. He is responsible for driving growth for our data centre business and his key focus will be on leveraging existing customers and prospect relationships through CES and CCS customer facing business units. Adriaan brings with him a deep understanding of the colocation and wholesale data centre models, as well as significant knowledge of our principal European markets.

Adriaan joins Colt from Telecity Group where he was managing director of the UK business, responsible for developing company reputation and presence in that market. Prior to this, he was a founder of the Dutch subsidiary of Teles, a European provider of IT services, and held a number of senior management roles, responsible for managing several regional markets throughout Europe. Adriaan has also held senior positions at Racal Datacom and Raet Systems & Services.

Adriaan has a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Sciences. He studied at the Business School for Economics in The Hague and holds marketing certificates NIMA A and NIMA B.

In his spare time, Adriaan spends most of his time with his wife and two children. Weather permitting, he and his family like to spend time on their sailing boat. As a result, in the summer months you risk running into Adriaan around the coasts of Northern France and the UK!

 

 

Andreas Barth - Colt Board of Directors

Andreas Barth
Non-executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2003.

Andreas was formerly a member of the Supervisory Board of TDS Informationstechnologie. He was previously Senior Vice-President of Compaq Computer Corporation and has also worked for Thomson-CSF, Texas Instruments and Ford.


Rakesh Bhasin- Colt Board of Directors

Rakesh Bhasin
Chief Executive Officer, was appointed to the Board on 13 December 2006.

Rakesh was previously President and Chief Executive of KVH Co. Ltd, a Fidelity Asia-focused telecom and data services solutions provider based in Tokyo and remains as Non-Executive Chairman of that company. Rakesh has previously held senior positions at AT&T and Japan Telecom Company Limited.


 Vincenzo Damiani - Board Of Directors

Vincenzo Damiani
Non-executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 23 July 2002.

Vincenzo is President of VIDA Consulting Srl and Non-Executive Director of Mediatica SpA. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Banca di Roma and was previously Corporate Vice-President of EDS Corporation, President of Digital Equipment Europe and General Manager of IBM Europe.


Mark Ferrari - Colt Board of Directors

Mark Ferrari
Executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2009 as a non-executive Director and became CFO on 31 March 2011.

He is also an advisory board member of KVH. He previously held positions at Devonshire Investors including COO and CFO and served as Chairman of FIML Natural Resources and Backyard Farms Holding LLC. Prior to joining Fidelity, Mark was Vice President of Finance at Kronos Inc and began his career at Ernst & Young.

Gene Gabbard - Colt Board of Directors

Gene Gabbard
Non-executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 6 January 2005.

Gene was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MCI Communications Corporation (now Verizon), founder, Chairman and CEO of Telecom USA and President of M/A-Com DCC. He also served as advisor to the Walt Disney Company, Telecom Italia and Nippon Electric Company. Gene is a member of the boards of NetCracker Technology Corporation, and Tower Cloud Inc. 


Sergio Giacoletto - Colt Board of Directors

Sergio Giacoletto
Senior Independent Director, was appointed to the Board on 22 July 2009.

Sergio was the Executive Vice President of Oracle Corporation, Europe, Middle East and Africa until December 2008. Prior to joining Oracle, he was President, Value Added Services at AT&T and before that he spent 20 years with Digital Equipment Corporation in various senior management and executive roles. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of CSR plc, Temenos AG and Oberthur Technologies S.A. and an Operating Partner with Advent International.


Simon Haslam - Colt Board of Directors

Simon Haslam
Chairman, was appointed to the Board on 16 January 2007 and as Chairman on 1 January 2014.

Simon is President of the Moonray Investors division of FIL Limited. He is a director of FIL Limited and of various of its subsidiaries and of funds managed by FIL Limited and its subsidiaries, and is also a non-executive Director of KVH Co. Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was previously an audit and consulting partner with Deloitte, and a non-executive Director of Euroclear plc


Tim Hilton - Colt Board of Directors

Tim Hilton
Non-Executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 26 May 1999 and as Chairman on 16 January 2007. Tim retired as Chairman on 31 December 2013.

Tim is Chairman of DI International, a private equity affiliate of Fidelity Investments. Tim previously served successively as President of Fidelity Capital, Fidelity Broadband, Fidelity Ventures and Devonshire Investors. Before joining Fidelity Investments in 1996, Tim was a partner of the US corporate law firm Sullivan & Worcester LLP.


Katherine Innes Ker - Colt Board of Directors

Katherine Innes Ker
Non-Executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2013.

Katherine is currently Senior Independent Director at Go-Ahead Group plc and Tribal Group plc. In both companies she chairs the Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees. She is also independent Non-Executive Director at S&U plc and sits on all its Committees. Previously Katherine also served on the Boards of ITV Digital and Fibernet Group. Prior to her NED portfolio career, Katherine was a senior city analyst.


Anthony Rabin - Colt Board of Directors

Anthony Rabin
Non-executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 20 July 2011.

He was an executive Director of Balfour Beatty plc for ten years, six as Chief Financial Officer and four as Deputy Chief Executive. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Kelda plc and is Chairman of the Audit Committee. Anthony is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in the UK.


Lorraine Trainer - Colt Board of Directors

Lorraine Trainer
Non-Executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 1 December 2013.

Lorraine is currently a Non-Executive Director at Essentra plc and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee at Jupiter Fund Management plc and a member of their Audit and Nomination Committees.

She also served on the Board of Aegis Group plc where she was Chairman of their Remuneration Committee. Lorraine began her executive career at Citibank. She currently combines her Board work with consultancy  in senior Director development.


Michael Wilens - Colt Board of Directors

Michael Wilens
Non-executive Director, was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012.

Michael has served as President of both Fidelity’s Asset Management division and Fidelity’s Enterprise Technology and Operations division. He was previously CEO of Thomson Reuters North American Legal division (Westlaw) and CTO at Thomson Reuters. He also served as CEO of Legion, a division of Group Lagardere and was CEO/co-founder of several software and information company start-ups.


Caroline Griffin Pain - Colt Board of Directors

Caroline Griffin Pain
Company Secretary, was appointed as Company Secretary to the Board in April 2005.

Caroline is also Chairman of Colt’s Corporate Compliance Committee. Caroline joined Colt from a Reuters joint venture, Radianz, where she was Company Secretary having previously held senior management positions at Antfactory and Rea Brothers Group plc where she was General Counsel.


 

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