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CityFibre appoints Richard Thorpe as chief delivery officer

Saf Malik
November 22, 2019

Thorpe to take control of CityFibre’s network delivery strategy

CityFibre have announced the appointment of Richard Thorpe as chief delivery officer – a newly created role which will see Thorpe join the executive team and assume control of CityFibre’s network delivery strategy and capabilities.

Thorpe joins from Digicel Group where he served as chief information officer and was responsible for the IT and transformation of the entire BSS estate for the company.

He will now be responsible for optimising the end-to-end network delivery process as well as the design and implementation of a target operating model capable of supporting CityFibre’s Gigabit City build programme.

CityFibre chief executive officer Greg Mesch said: “As the UK’s third national digital infrastructure platform, CityFibre’s build programme could not be more critical.

“We have made huge progress in our rollout so far but as we continue to accelerate, we have decided to create the new role of Chief Delivery Officer to ensure we stay on plan.

“We are delighted to welcome Richard to that role. He brings huge experience of delivering large-scale network rollouts and will help drive the pace and maintain the quality as we grow.”

Thorpe added: “My initial focus will be to build on the great progress made so far, optimising the end-to-end process, ensuring the right skills are being put to work in the right places, and analysing the way we work with contractors, encouraging long term growth as we scale together.

“Ultimately, I’m determined to accelerate our build programmes while retaining the high quality necessary to be a trusted national network.

“The progress CityFibre has made to date is impressive but I am confident we can inject still more rocket fuel into our build engine.”

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