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John Souter appointed to the Simwood Group plc board

Grahame Davies

Grahame Davies

8th January 2020

By Grahame Davies

I am super excited to announce the appointment of John Souter to the group board. John will play a key role in assisting delivery of the company’s expansion plans, providing independent analysis of, and input to, activities in all territories.

John recently stepped down as CEO of LINX, the London Internet Exchange, after 18 years very highly commended work seeing that organisation rapidly grow and adapt in aggressively competitive markets. This has included expansion to the USA alongside supporting activities across the globe, and maintaining an enviable position as the world’s largest member-owned Internet Exchange Point, with over 900 ISPs and carrier members across 80 countries.

As you know, we have been maintaining aggressive growth in our home UK and USA markets, as well as expanding by way of acquisition. This appointment is an essential step in strengthening top-level oversight and adding experience in implementing controls befitting a larger multinational business.

John says he is feeling energised and eagerly anticipating joining us, describing us as innovative and ambitious. He interviews well! Between us, Simon and I have worked alongside John at LINX for all of his tenure and enjoy a great mutual respect.

I am personally delighted that John has chosen to join us as his first step from executive excellence into the exciting new role of activating, supporting, testing and challenging the board. He will bring a fresh and uninhibited approach to our strategy ensuring the maximum chance of success.

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