CityFibre announces the appointment of Simon Holden to a newly created position of Group Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to the chief executive, Greg Mesch. He will join the company and be appointed to the Board as an executive director as of 1 March 2019.

Before joining CityFibre, Simon was a partner at Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years in London and New York. There he held senior roles in the Investment Banking division including Global Chief Operating Officer and Vice-Chairman EMEA as well as a number of leadership roles in the Telecom, Media and Technology banking team including Head of EMEA, Global Co-COO and Global Head of Telecom.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Simon worked for Baring Brothers in London and Hong Kong. He is a fellow of the institute of chartered accountants, qualifying with Coopers and Lybrand.  He is a graduate of Imperial College, London.

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive at CityFibre said: “The Board and executive team are delighted to have appointed Simon as our new Group Chief Operating Officer. His telecoms expertise coupled with the breadth of his business experience will prove invaluable at this transformative stage in CityFibre’s growth as we scale our business to reach at least 20% of the UK market.”

Simon Holden said: “This is a pivotal moment for the UK fibre market. As a service-based economy, the UK is reliant on the internet and ensuring access to the finest digital infrastructure possible is critical to its ability to compete and succeed on the world stage. I’m thrilled to join the CityFibre team at such an exciting time and look forward to helping it cement a position of scale in the UK.”

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