Pacific Fibre technical lead and CTO John Humphrey will be leaving the company, after completing the final details on the REANNZ deal.
REANNZ, the crown-owned company that operates the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network (KAREN) intends to be Pacific Fibre’s first customer. It is a milestone deal as it includes $15 million in funding that the government granted to support a new cable system. “It will be sad to see John move on – he has been working on a New Zealand cable project since early 2009 and most of the early assumptions he made are panning out,” says Lance Wiggs, a co-founder and commercial consultant on the Pacific Fibre project.
“But with an increasingly industry niche specific team dedicated to financing, building and operating the cable and dry segments John is able to leave. As a founder and shareholder he will clearly stay connected to the team and project.”
Pacific Fibre has made a number of recent appointments. These include Todd Sutton, who will be responsible for setting up New Zealand and Australian landing stations and networks. Previously Sutton was employed at Vector.
Another recent hire is Chris Humphrey, from PwC, who has been appointed finance manager. Wiggs says Alison Lindsay a telecommunications lawyer has been seconded to the team from Minter Ellison.