“Seacom today announces that … Simpson has decided to leave the company to pursue personal interests,” the operator says in a short media statement.
“Mark has led the business from a successful project finance initiative into a dynamic broadband subsea cable operator,” the statement says.
It says Herlihy has “agreed to assume the leadership role at Seacom”. He is “tasked with continuing the expansion of Seacom’s product offering and world class customer service offering into Africa and beyond”.
Herlihy stepped down as CEO in 2011, but stayed on as an executive director following Simpson’s appointment.
Simpson has more than 25 years of experience in telecoms and has held a number of senior positions during his career. Before joining Seacom, he was president and CEO of Pacific Crossing, a company operating a trans-Pacific cable system between the US and Japan.
He was also chief operating officer and chief technology officer at Asian Netcom (later renamed Pacnet) and CEO of C2C Pte, Asia’s then-longest cable system. — (c) 2014 NewsCentral Media