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CityFibre appoints Steve Holliday as new non-executive chairman

Jasper Hart
September 23, 2019

Holliday was previously National Grid CEO

CityFibre has appointed Steve Holliday as non-executive chairman.

He assumed the role last week and is expected to provide support to CEO Greg Mesch and group COO Simon Holden, as the fibre provider looks to roll out gigabit-capable full-fibre infrastructure to more than five million homes and businesses by 2025.

The role is Holliday’s first since he left his job as CEO of the National Grid in 2016, where he had served for nine years. Before that, he had held non-executive director roles at Marks & Spencer and Defra.

Speaking of his appointment, he said: “The UK is undergoing a digital infrastructure revolution with full fibre roll-out well underway. As we have seen in other utility industries, the emergence of new players has greatly improved outcomes for consumers and is the key catalyst for a more vibrant and innovative market. CityFibre is perfectly positioned to establish itself as a key contributor to national full fibre coverage and I look forward to working with the team to successfully manage and deploy this exciting and complex project.”

Greg Mesch added: “As we continue to scale at pace, Steve is uniquely positioned to support us, providing deep insight into the challenges of delivering national infrastructure programmes and bringing his extensive experience of operating a national utility to bear.”

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