Africa: Liquid Telecom's NIC Rudnick Listed Among 100 Powerful Global Telecoms Leaders

Global Telecoms Business has published The GTB Power100, its annual list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. Those listed are senior executives from around the world who the judges feel have the ability to move the industry.

Nic Rudnick, founder and CEO of the Liquid Telecom Group, appears in the list for the third time in 60th position, up from 73rd last year and 96th in 2012.

Top of the 2014 list is Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, followed by other senior executives from Facebook, Netflix and Skype alongside executives from telecom operators such as AT&T and Verizon, plus heads of equipment companies such as Huawei and Ericsson and handset makers such as Samsung and Apple.

Rudnick is one of only four CEOs from companies focused entirely on Africa to appear in the list, others being Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC is in position 62; Sifiso Dabengwa, president and CEO of MTN, is in position 87 while Shameel Joosub, CEO and Executive Director of Vodacom, comes in at number 91.

Rob Irvin joins WIOCC as Director of Product

Previously responsible for international network development at Tata Communications, Rob will focus on continuing to expand WIOCC’s product offering to its carrier customers, including extending its Ethernet and IP Transit service portfolios.

Commenting on the appointment, WIOCC CEO Chris Wood said: “We have created this new position because of the increasing demand we are seeing for bespoke, diversity-rich, high-speed connectivity solutions into and out of Africa. Rob’s wealth of technical, commercial and managerial expertise will be invaluable as we continue to evolve our capabilities to match this demand”.

The creation of this new role is the latest in a series of expansion initiatives undertaken by the capacity wholesaler, which continues to grow to meet the needs of its expanding and increasingly bandwidth-hungry international customer base. As well as making sizeable investments in submarine and terrestrial cable capacity to maintain its carrier-scale core network, in the past year WIOCC has also increased its workforce by 40 per cent and doubled the size of its Network Operations Centre in Nairobi - where its team of Customer Champions provide 24x7x365 end-to-end support to customers.