GCI assembles new leadership team

Bondholder GCI has announced two senior appointments to complete its leadership team including a new Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Mike Ayres will be joining the firm as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) after previously working as Managing Director Business Markets (UK) at Easynet and later Senior Vice President Strategic Channel at Interoute.

Phil Smith joins GCI as Chief Operating Officer (COO) after previously working at CGI and Capgemini and comments: "I believe the team at GCI is primed and ready to take things to the next level. I also believe that in a progressively commoditised sector, GCI will serve our customer better by developing an increasingly proactive and consultative approach."

Adrian Thirkill, CEO at GCI, said: "We now have a full exec team from CEO to CMO and it's a capable blend of experienced new joiners and proven GCI seniors. Collectively, the leadership team shares the single vision of realising GCI's full potential and supporting our people, customers, partners and alliances to the absolute best of our ability. More simply, we now have the right people on the bus and we'll now pull together to keep GCI not only pointing in the right direction... but together we will accelerate its growth."