REANNZ gets new CEO

Steve Cotter to replace Donald Clark as CEO of Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand

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.

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