Colt Technology Services has announced today the appointment of Rajiv Datta as its Chief Technology Officer. Rajiv will join Colt on January 1st and will be a member of its executive leadership team under Carl Grivner who officially takes over the CEO seat on the same day. Rajiv held very senior positions in the communications infrastructure industry before, most notably at AboveNet Communications Inc. where he was Chief Operating Officer.
Colt explains that in his new role Rajiv will be responsible for the development of its network technology strategy, the creation of its next generation of products and services, including the evolution of its SDN-based network capability, and the delivery of its digital customer experience.
As AboveNet COO Rajiv was responsible for the day-to-day management of the company and played a significant part in recasting the firm from a carrier-centric fibre infrastructure company into an enterprise-focused provider of high-bandwidth data services. During his time as CTO and COO at the company, AboveNet grew annualised revenue from $190 million to $500 million, achieved 45%+ EBITDA margins and increased enterprise value from $280 million to $2.2 billion.
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Commenting on the appointment, Carl Grivner said: “We are delighted that Rajiv has decided to join us at such an important point in Colt’s ongoing journey. His track record of transforming business performance speaks for itself and, as we look to Colt’s future, this will be invaluable in creating the levels of focus, speed and innovation that we need.”