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, Network Services
François Eloy was appointed EVP, Network Services in May 2014 tasked with maximising network utilisation and positioning Colt as the preferred network services provider with extensive metro fibre assets in Western Europe and selected cities around the world.
Previously François was EVP, Colt Communication Services (CCS) from January 2011, responsible for selling transactional services to meet needs of the channel through an indirect client engagement. His preceding role was Managing Director of Wholesale with the remit of positioning 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.
Hugo Eales, Chief Financial Officer
Hugo Eales was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2014, and is responsible for driving Colt’s financial and commercial agenda forward across the Group.
Hugo has held senior leadership roles in telecommunications and IT Services companies where he led financial and operational transformation. Previous roles include Global Chief Financial Officer for BT Global Services where he drove significant cost transformation, managed positive cash flow and profitability across the organisation and drove cultural transformation within the finance teams.
Prior to BT Global Services, he spent 15 years at CSC Computer Sciences Ltd, an IT outsourcing company where he held a number of senior roles in the UK, US and Switzerland. His early career was spent with Laurentian Life and Salomon Brothers.
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, IT Services
Mark Leonard is the Executive Vice President of IT Services, which provides managed infrastructure solutions and IT Services for enterprises and channel partners.
Mark joined Colt as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in February 2008 with the responsibility for the management and development of Colt's IT systems. In January 2011, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Infrastructure Services Unit (ISU), and was responsible for integrating the activities of Operations, Technology and IT.
Mark 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 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, Voice Services
Richard Oosterom was appointed EVP Voice Services in May 2014 responsible for managing Colt’s Voice business end to end. This encompasses the commercial success of the entire portfolio of traditional voice, VoIP, IN and Unified Communications sold and delivered to both Enterprises and Service Providers.
Previously, he was EVP Group Strategy & Business Development, responsible for the wider Colt strategy and the execution of strategic initiatives within Colt’s business plans.
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 in executive roles for companies including Cap Gemini and EDS (now HP).
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.
Sohail Qadri, EVP, Strategy and Business Development
Sohail Qadri was appointed EVP, Strategy and Business Development in September 2014. He is responsible for developing Colt’s profitable growth strategy across all lines of business, ensuring that Colt continues to support its customers with the most appropriate infrastructure services and products. Sohail is also responsible for the development of the Colt brand.
Sohail has had leadership roles in key telecommunications companies undergoing major strategic change. He has led on the creation of customer oriented organisations and brands, the execution of commercial plans, M&A activities as well as culture change initiatives. He has served on company boards in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Previous roles include Group Strategy Director at O2, where Sohail led on the transformation of the business and the development of the O2 brand. At Telefónica, Sohail was the Group Director of Strategy, Business Development and Innovation.
Detlef Spang, EVP, Data Centre Services
In April 2014 Detlef Spang was appointed EVP for Data Centre Services, taking over from Adriaan Oosthoek. Detlef returned to Colt in December 2013 to work on Project Dynamo and is currently on secondment from Devonshire Investors. Detlef had previously worked for Colt from 2004-2011 and held various senior management positions and P&L responsibilities reporting into the CEO. These positions included MD for Major Enterprise Division, MD for the UK, MD for Germany and MD for Sales and Marketing.
During 2011-2013 Detlef was the MD for International Portfolio oversight and various Strategic Projects at Devonshire Investors in London. Previous to this, Detlef worked for Global One Alliance/Equant from 1993-2004 starting as a Sales Rep at Joint Sprint in Frankfurt working his way up to Senior VP of EMEA responsible for 1.3bn US$ business.
Detlef has also worked for Cable and Wireless from 1991-1992 and Rank Xerox, Germany.
Falk Weinreich, EVP, Colt Communication Services (CCS)
Falk Weinreich was appointed EVP, Colt Communication Services (CCS) in January 2014 and is responsible for the strategic direction and next phase of growth of Colt’s indirect business unit focussed on selling branded and unbranded transactional services. As a key member of Colt’s leadership team, Falk is focussed on delivering exceptional customer service and value.
Prior to this he served as Sales Vice President of CCS, where he facilitated a high rate of business expansion, introducing new channels into Colt’s indirect go to market strategy. Before that, in his role as Strategic Accounts Director he was responsible for growing Colt’s large global carriers, service providers and system integrators to 25% of the company’s net profit. Previously, he spent eleven years at Colt in Germany in various senior sales and marketing leadership positions most latterly as Head of Wholesale in Germany.
Falk joined Colt in 1996 after graduating from Johan-Wolfgang Goethe University with a Diploma in Business Administration. He speaks three languages and is married with a child.