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ecta welcomes Keri Gilder, CEO of Colt as new member of its CEO Council

by Desmond Dallen

ecta welcomes Keri Gilder,
CEO of Colt as new member of its CEO Council

Brussels, 20 July 2020.  Keri Gilder, recently appointed CEO of Colt Technology Systems, joins the ecta CEO Council. The CEO Council is an advisory body supporting ecta‘s Board and Director General in their corporate objectives and in synchronising messaging at a high level.

Keri Gilder : “The collaboration of our industry during the Covid-19 pandemic is one of the key factors which contributed to our sectors’ success in the midst of such an unprecedented time. I am excited to be joining the ecta CEO Council because I believe carrying on this collaboration and working towards a unified industry approach will be critical for all our successes moving forward.”

Welcoming Keri Gilder as new member of the ecta CEO Council, Luc Hindryckx, ecta Director General said:

Competitors in telecoms play a driving role in European post-Covid-19 recovery by serving all sectors of the EU economy. Here, it is  a particular asset for ecta to be able to draw on Keri’s support as the leader of a recognised innovator and pioneer in new network technologies like software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV). Her understanding of the regulatory challenges that come with Industry 4.0 will also be of outstanding value to the association.”

The ecta CEO Council is currently composed as follows:
Alberto Calcagno, CEO, Fastweb SpA
Keri Gilder, CEO, Colt Technology Services
Alex Goldblum, CEO, Eurofiber
Jean-Marc Harion, CEO, PLAY
Maxime Lombardini, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Iliad
Panos Papadopoulos, CEO, Forthnet
Meinrad Spenger, CEO, Masmovil
Norbert Westfal, Managing Director, EWE TEL
Martin Witt, CEO, 1&1 Telecommunication SE
David Zimmer, CEO, Inexio



Keri Gilder
Chief Executive Officer  Keri Gilder is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Colt.

Appointed to the role in May 2020, Keri is responsible for executing Colt’s strategy which centres around transforming the way the world works through the power of connectivity.
Before becoming CEO, Keri was Colt’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), leading global teams across sales, presales and marketing, as well as working closely with the wider organisation to ensure Colt delivered for its customers.

Before joining Colt, Keri held several leadership roles at Ciena but was most recently its Vice President and General Manager EMEA, responsible for guiding Ciena’s EMEA service provider and enterprise customers, as well as partners.

Keri is passionate about promoting Inclusion and Diversity, also leading Colt’s Diversity Council, to ensure Colt is a business where everyone feels they can bring their true selves to work. Keri brings this passion to the wider industry, also supporting external mentoring and coaching initiatives.

Prior to Ciena, Keri worked in multiple roles for Lucent Technologies, and she has also worked for Hughes Aircraft as a Network Engineer.
Keri has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management Information Systems (MIS) from New Mexico State University.

Keri lives in London with her husband and two children and is based at Colt’s head office in London.


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