CityFibre Bolsters Leadership Team Following A Break-Through Year

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CityFibre Bolsters Leadership Team Following A Break-Through Year

17 February 2015

London, 17 February 2015: Leading network infrastructure provider CityFibre has expanded its leadership team over a year of sustained growth post IPO. To ensure its delivery capabilities servicing the growing number of partnerships and major Gigabit City build projects, as well as to accommodate significant further expansion in 2015, CityFibre has added considerable senior sector expertise. The additional leadership team members include former COO of EU Networks John Franklin (Head of Engineering), former ISB Commercial Director John Pulley (Sales Director), ex Head of Technical Strategy at TalkTalk Neil Styles (Head of Systems & Development) and Geo Networks veteran Mike Dixon (Head of Delivery). CityFibre has also appointed former BT Scotland Management board member James McClafferty as Head of Regional Development, Scotland.

The CityFibre business made significant headway in 2014 announcing major Gigabit City projects in Peterborough, Coventry and Aberdeen as well as the rollout of a state-of-the-art fibre network able to serve local government and businesses in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. In April, the company announced an innovative joint venture with Sky and TalkTalk, to build a gigabit speed fibre to the home network in York. The first residents will be connected later this year.

CityFibre also finished the year by signing a long-term national framework agreement with mobile operators EE and Three UK, through their infrastructure venture, MBNL. The deal will see CityFibre deploy the UK’s first dark fibre backhaul connections to mobile masts across both operators’ networks, improving network performance capabilities as well as offering long term cost efficiency.

“Last year saw a number of huge achievements for CityFibre, but with the steady growth in partners and city projects it became clear we needed to bring further expertise into the business and increase our leadership team,” says Greg Mesch, CEO of CityFibre. “Over the last year we have added over 120 years of senior experience, designing, building and operating fibre based networks. This team have worked with some of the most successful businesses in the global telecoms ecosystem and it is great that CityFibre can now leverage that knowledge and experience as our growth continues to accelerate.”


· John Franklin appointed as Head of Engineering and will lead all CityFibre’s architecture design, planning, service delivery and the operation of all networks. He has nearly 25 years experience including an SVP role for Level 3 in Denver, Colarado and as COO of euNetworks in London

· John Pulley joins CityFibre as Sales Director responsible for growing revenue across the existing and fast growing local access fibre footprint. John has worked with a number of telecoms, mobile and technology businesses including Cable & Wireless, Sprint and mBlox where revenues more than tripled to $85m during his tenure as VP Sales & Marketing

· Neil Styles appointed as Head of Systems and Development, ensuring CityFibre’s systems and technical strategy are in place to support the company’s rapid growth. As a founding member of Demon Internet in the earliest days of the UK’s dialup industry, Neil has had over 20 years in top technical roles driving change and strategy. Other roles included Director of Architecture and Strategy at Tiscali and technical strategy at TalkTalk.

· Mike Dixon joins CityFibre from Geo (now Zayo) where he spent the last 13 years. Mike will be Head of Delivery responsible for the rollout of all new city networks. Mike specialises in managing multi-disciplined project teams to implement dedicated network infrastructure for data centres, corporates and capital projects in the UK

· James McClafferty has taken on the role of Head of Regional Development, Scotland where he will run city sales activity across Scotland with an initial focus on CityFibre’s Aberdeen network. James will also assist in the qualification and management of new anchor contracts, identifying any new incremental opportunities across existing CityFibre assets in the region. James joins CityFibre from BT where he spent 14 years in a number of sales, partnership and regional leadership roles. James is also a Board member of ScotlandIS which champions Scotland’s digital technology industries


CityFibre Media Contact: Michael House and Nicky Harrison at FieldHouse Associates