Steve Cotter has been appointed the new CEO of Research and Education
Advanced Network New Zealand (REANNZ). REANNZ owns and operates KAREN, the
Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network.
Cotter has previously served as Google’s network deployment manager for Europe, the Middle
East and Africa, as a director in SBC Global Communications’ (now AT&T) engineering and
construction departments, and more recently as the head of the US Department of
Energy’s Energy Sciences Network.
“Advanced, high-performance networks like KAREN are an essential part of the national
infrastructure for all countries with an interest in being competitive in the global
marketplace,” Cotter said. “Highly reliable, very high bandwidth networks drive economic
growth and stimulate a new generation of innovations addressing critical needs, such as
health care and education. Our job is to ensure that innovation and discovery are only
limited by our users’ imaginations.”
Cotter, who will start in early December, replaces inaugural CEO Donald Clark who led REANNZ for five years.