Landways expands its leadership team

Landways, provider of integrated in-building digital and power infrastructure, has recently announced the hiring of five senior executives to its leadership team. Steve Robertson becomes the latest non-executive Board Member, Meri Braziel is the Chief Commercial Officer, Ruth Staffod the Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Chivers the Project Director and Avik Datta the Technology Director.

With nearly 40 years of experience working in telecommunications, technology and infrastructure, Steve Robertson has operated at Board level for more than 25 years, including 14 years as a CEO. His experience includes significant international assignments, which include the design, construction and operation of both BTs Global Network and COLT’s pan-European Network. He was also responsible for the operation of BT’s UK Network and was the founding CEO of Openreach.

Meri Braziel comes with more than 30 years of experience in the global telecommunications industry, having begun her career with Sprint International as Finance Manager of EMEA. She has had several roles as managing director and CEO roles of European technology companies like PSINet, Skyware Radio Systems, and Keycom plc. Most recently, she was Chief Operations Officer and Chief Commercial Officer as Glide, a specialist internet service provider. In addition, she is also a co-founder of WiTT, the Women in Telecom and Technology networking group, and is a Trustee of Unipol Student Housing, while also chairing its IT and Communications committee.

Ruth Stafford is a chartered accountant with more than twenty years of multi-sector experience, having commenced her practice before moving into industry with roles in private equity-backed companies in industries such as travel, healthcare, professional services and SaaS. Ruth will be responsible for making sure that the financial services of the business are being optimally managed to enhance the performance and innovative ability of the company.

Stephen Chivers boasts more than 40 years’ experience in telecommunications and commercial/project management. During this period, he has held director positions at Cable and Wireless, Kelly Group, Lattice/Thames JV, and Fujitsu Telecommunication, driving strategic growth, competitive positioning, and operational performance. Stephen will lead the company’s delivery of projects in the UK and Europe and will have responsibility for the procurement of suppliers, contractors, and overall health and safety.

Avik Datta has more than 26 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, of which 20 years was spent at Vodafone Group Services. Delivering various engineering, strategy and business development roles, Avik completed his service as Head of Technology for Partner Markets and CTO of Vodafone French Polynesia. Avik then spent six years at Cable & Wireless and their parent, Liberty Latin America LLC, as CTO and Mobile Operations Director for the Caribbean and Latin America region, returning to the UK in 2020. At Landways, Avik is now responsible for the production of the innovative technical designs Landways produces to deliver efficient, reliable and high-quality systems for its customers.

Chris Smedley, CEO at Landways, said: “As Landways enters the next stage of its growth plans, we are incredibly excited and extremely grateful to have brought such a wealth of experience to our leadership team. With their extensive knowledge, expansive network, and undeniable passion, we are ready to take our unique ‘Digital and Power Infrastructure-as-a -Service’ model to new heights.”

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