Colt Technology Services, a multinational telecommunications company, announced this Wednesday that it has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with Keri Gilder taking on the role, replacing the current CEO Carl Grivner, who has decided to step down after five years.
As Finance Magnates reported, Gilder was appointed to the role of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in September of 2018, joining the company with a background as an engineer and network architect.
Over his time as the CEO, Grivner has led Colt during a time of growth and transformation. Namely, his tenure saw the company investing heavily in Colt’s IQ Network, with a focus on ensuring Colt can facilitate high bandwidth connectivity requirements.
Commenting on his time as the CEO, Grivner said in the statement: “Colt has always been determined to be ahead of the curve. It’s why we invested in high bandwidth connectivity, blockchain and APIs, even before we saw customer demand for these innovative solutions.
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“It has been a privilege to lead an organisation during such a transformation, and it’s been an honour to have the backing of the Board, my team and the wider organisation as we pushed ahead with doing some things that haven’t been done before. I am proud to be a Coltie, and I can’t wait to see where Keri takes the business – it’s in incredibly capable hands.”
Gilder joined Colt from Ciena Communications
Gilder joined Colt Technology Services from Ciena Communications back in 2018. During her time at the company, she held several senior sales leadership roles. Most recently she was the Vice President and General Manager of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Speaking on her new role as the CEO, Gilder added in the statement: “I am honoured to be taking over the leadership of Colt from Carl. Ever since joining the business, I have been inspired by the passion of my colleagues. From our drive to remain vigilantly focused on delivering the very best for our customers, to our use of innovative and new technologies to advance the industry.
“This passion has always come from the top; however, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been inspired by Carl and his love for this industry and Colt. Colt is in a great position to thrive during this time of significant transformation, through our steadfast focus on our customers, partners, and our drive to create an inclusive environment within Colt and across the industry. I couldn’t be more excited to lead this organisation.”