SOURCE: COLT Telecom Group plc

April 21, 2005 02:05 ET

COLT APPOINTS CTO

London -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 21, 2005 --


21 April 2005

                 COLT APPOINTS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

COLT Telecom Group plc, a leading European provider of business 
communications, today announced the appointment of Dr Alireza 
Mahmoodshahi to the new role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He joins 
the senior management team reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Jean-
Yves Charlier.

Dr Mahmoodshahi joins COLT from KVH Co., Ltd. in Japan where he was Chief
Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer. His responsibilities 
included product strategy, research & development, data centres, and 
network and systems. He led the development of high speed Ethernet and 
multi-service platform in the country enabling KVH to be the first 
carrier to launch this product in Japan helping to transform the company 
from a start-up operation to a recognised telecoms brand.

Prior to joining KVH in 2001, he held a number of senior positions during 
a 17 year career at AT&T, including spending 10 years with AT&T Bell 
Laboratories where he worked on a number of ground breaking technologies 
and was appointed Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) for his 
significant technical contribution and his pioneering research and 
development work in global VSAT satellite communications technology. His 
career at AT&T culminated in the role of Vice President of IP Technology 
& Business Development for the Technology Sector at Concert, the global 
joint venture between AT&T and BT. 

As CTO at COLT, he will head up the Products, Innovation and Systems 
division responsible for Research and Development activities including 
the development and introduction of new products and services and 
managing the existing product portfolio. He will also have responsibility 
for driving the development and the management of the company's 
information technology.

Commenting on the appointment, Jean-Yves Charlier said: "Alireza has the 
global experience and technical expertise as well as the customer focus 
needed to drive forward our programme of product innovation. His 
appointment further strengthens the senior management team giving us the 
blend of skills we need to successfully deliver the strategic initiatives 
of our Future in Focus roadmap."

Dr Mahmoodshahi has a Ph. D. in electrical engineering from the George
Washington University, Washington DC, USA. He is a senior member of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and served as US
chairman for the International Telephone and Telegraph Consultative 
Committee (CCITT) and the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission 
(CITEL) in support of global ISDN standards over VSAT. He is a US citizen.

About COLT

COLT is one of the leading European providers of business communications. 
COLT specialises in providing data, voice and managed services to midsize 
and major businesses and wholesale customers. It has more than 50,000 
customers  across all industry sectors. COLT owns and operates a 13-
country, 20,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 32 
major European cities with direct fibre connections into 10,000 buildings 
and 12 COLT data centres. 

COLT Telecom Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (CTM.L) and 
NASDAQ (COLT). Information about COLT and its services can be found at 
www.colt.net

For more information, please contact:

Gill Maclean
COLT Telecom Group plc
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7863 5314
Email: gill.maclean@colt.net

Luke Glass
COLT Telecom Group plc
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7390 3681
Email: luke.glass@colt.net



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