James Kinsella, executive chairman
Alan Lowe, chief executive officer

Interoute has appointed James Kinsella as executive chairman and Alan Lowe as CEO to lead it from construction mode into the sales, marketing and product delivery phase.

They replace chairman and CEO Ohad Finkelstein, who has been elevated to the board after joining in 1999 from VP of Global Operations of software house VocalTec Communications Ltd and building Interoute from a pre-paid calling card business into a pan-European operator.

"Interoute has the best opportunity of any of its competitors of leading the telecoms industry as an independent network operator," says Finkelstein. "Interoute will be stronger, more focused and more fully integrated in its overall approach, from total network operations to the sales and marketing," Lowe said.

Kinsella is an advisor to principal shareholder the Sandoz Family Foundation and was formerly chairman of World Online, which he merged with Tiscali to create Europe's largest independent internet service provider. Kinsella is a board member of Tiscali. He was previously president and CEO of the Microsoft-NBC joint venture MSNBC.com.

Lowe joined Interoute in July 2000 from Senior VP of BT's Worldwide Networks and Technology division. Previous roles with BT included Director International Networks and Engineering and Director Global Networks and General Manager Network Planning and Strategy.

Neil Salisbury, vice president of marketing and business development, Kailight Photonics

Kailight Photonics - based in Rehovot, Israel and has offices in Dallas, TX, USA - has named Neil Salisbury VP of marketing and business development. He will build awareness of its wavelength conversion and regeneration technology and help strategically align products with the optical module market.

Salisbury has been vp of corporate strategic marketing with Alcatel USA, VP of marketing and product management with Nuera Communications and senior director of North America marketing for DSC Communications Corp. He also contributed to the designs of three US patents in voice and data telephony.

Barry Bateman, chairman
Andrew Steward, acting chief financial officer
Mark A Jenkins, executive director
Colt Telecom Group plc

At the end of 2002 Barry Bateman, vice chairman of Fidelity International Ltd and a director of Colt since 1996, will succeed James C Curvey as chairman of European business communication services provider Colt Telecom Group plc. Curvey has been involved since Colt's beginnings in 1992 and served as a director since 1996 and chairman since 1999. He will remain a member of the board.

Also, director and chief financial officer Lawrence M Ingeneri has been succeeded by Fidelity's CFO Andrew Steward as acting CFO until a permanent appointment is made.

Colt has appointed Mark Jenkins, Group Director Legal Services and Secretary since 1998, as an executive director.

John Buie, vice president of sales,
Proximion Fiber Optics AB

Sweden's Proximion Fiber Optics AB has appointed John Buie as VP of Sales. Proximion supplies Fiber Bragg Grating-based In-Fiber-Intelligence optical layer monitoring products for QoS in DWDM networks.

Buie will build a global sales team and infrastructure to support to increase the customer base.

Most recently Buie was director of sales at Ericsson Microelectronics, responsible for sales of optical products. Also, during a decade at Honeywell Optoelectronics he was Director of the Fiber Optic Component Business Unit and International Marketing Manager and Manufacturing Manager.

Robert L Barron, board member,
PacketLight Networks

Robert L Barron has joined the board of directors of PacketLight Networks, which has offices in San Diego, Paris and Israel and develops metro integrated optical transport systems. Barron is also CEO, president and chairman of integrated optical networking component supplier LightCross Inc.

Before joining LightCross in 2001, Barron was president of Lucent Technology's Metro Optical Networking Group, following its acquisition of Chromatis Networks, where he was CEO. Previously, he was VP of the Broadband Services division for Diamond Lane Communications then (after its acquisition) Nokia.

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