Colt Spearheads Transformation with Three Key Senior Hires

Tom Regent, Paula Cogan and Tim Passingham have joined Colt to help lead the company’s growth and transformation.

Colt Technology Services confirmed today that it is undergoing a significant transformation, refocusing on delivering fibre-based, high-bandwidth solutions, coupled with significant investments in the next 12 months to deliver a best in class network and customer experience.

This is to cater to a near universal shift towards the adoption of cloud-based infrastructure, for both storage and applications which is placing greater demand on network services in terms of latency and bandwidth.

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As part of its plans, the company has announced three senior commercial hires to lead the charge.

Tom Regent

Tom Regent will be joining Colt Technology Services as Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team on 19 September reporting to CEO Carl Grivner. Based in London, Tom will be leading Colt’s global sales, pre-sales and marketing teams.

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Regent joins Colt from BT Global Services where he held numerous senior roles, most recently acting as President, Global Banking and Financial Markets. Prior to this he was President of Sales and Marketing, responsible for worldwide sales operations, indirect channels and marketing.

Previously, he held a number of senior roles at AT&T, including head of AT&T EMEA, AT&T’s largest operation outside the US. Before that he was VP of global marketing at AT&T, VP global accounts EMEA, and chief of staff for the CEO of AT&T’s global business.

Paula Cogan

Paula Cogan is joining Colt as Vice President, Enterprise & Partner Sales Europe, having previously worked at Verizon Partner Solutions as Regional Vice President EMEA & LATAM, leading the wholesale business, responsible for over half a billion of sales annual revenue. Prior to this Paula held a number of senior roles in Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Verizon Business.

Tim Passingham

Tim Passingham is joining Colt as Vice President Wholesale Sales Europe, moving from Level 3 where he held a Senior Vice President position, heading up a large team, and was responsible for over half a billion dollars of  annual revenue. Prior to Level 3 Tim held a number of senior roles across BT.

Commenting on the new appointments, CEO Carl Grivner said: “We employ the best talent globally, and through our business transformation Colt is challenging the industry incumbents who have large networks but are slow to respond to needs of businesses. We know that the telecommunications industry is not customer focused, and we use experience and customer insight to lead the way, providing a level of personalised service that business customers expect.”


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