Southern Cross Cable Network (SCCN) CEO and president Anthony Briscoe has announced he will step down and retire.
The announcement came a few days after Telstra revealed its intentions to acquire a 25 per cent stake of the joint venture.
Briscoe, who has held the role of CEO and president for nearly five years, will remain in a consultative role as Laurie Miller transitions into the CEO and president role starting on 1 March.
“We very much appreciate Anthony’s efforts and his service to Southern Cross since his appointment nearly five years ago,” board director David Havercroft said.
Telco veteran, Miller was previously the head of wholesale and interconnect at New Zealand carrier 2degrees.
Before then, he was business development manager for US-based Rogers Communications and previously spent nine years as the president and country manager in Sparks’ former US operation, Telecom New Zealand.
SCCN, which has shareholders from Spark New Zealand, Singtel and Verizon Business, owns and operates the trans-Pacific Southern Cross Cable. It recently initiated work on the Southern Cross Next cable, a 15,000km subsea link between Sydney, Auckland, and Los Angeles.
“Building further on that success with Southern Cross Next is a challenge I accept with confidence and determination,” Miller said. “I am passionately committed to placing our clients and staff at the absolute centre of everything we do to continue Southern Cross’ legacy of success.”
In total, Southern Cross cable network comprises 30,000km of submarine fibre, 15 access locations, operating across four countries and employing 17 people worldwide.
Upon the acquisition announcement, Telstra group executive for enterprise Michael Ebeid called the cable route between the US and Australia as “extremely important”, saying the traffic accounted for more than 80 per cent of all the internet traffic to Australia.