Columbia Ventures-owned Hibernia Networks hires chief commercial officer

Hibernia Networks, which is owned by Columbia Ventures Corp. and funds managed by Constellation Growth Capital, has named Omar Altaji as chief commercial officer. The appointment is effective immediately. Altaji is the founder of Pangaea Technology Advisors. Hibernia Networks is a provider of global telecommunications services.


DUBLIN, IRELAND – January 5, 2015 – Hibernia Networks , a leading provider of global telecommunications services, announces the appointment of Omar Altaji as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) effective immediately. In this new role, Mr. Altaji will oversee marketing, product management, business development and sales, leading the company’s combined efforts to accelerate revenue growth and ensuring the integrated commercial success of Hibernia Networks.

Mr. Altaji brings over 28 years of telecommunications industry experience to the Hibernia Networks team. He is a recognized business and technology leader with a proven track record of building and leading large global organizations and high performance teams throughout his career. His past experience includes leadership roles with Global Crossing, Lucent Technologies and AT&T in executive management, technology planning, sales and business development, product management and marketing, as well as research and development earlier in his career.

In 2012, Mr. Altaji founded Pangaea Technology Advisors, LLC., an advisory firm working with select PE firms and focusing on technology and telecommunications companies. Prior to that, he was EVP & Managing Director of the Carrier Services Business at Global Crossing, where he provided overall leadership and strategic direction for the voice, data, and infrastructure services business globally, and was an integral part of the senior leadership team, managing the company’s very successful quarter over quarter growth journey.

“Hibernia Networks is ecstatic to welcome Omar to its executive suite,” says Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO of Hibernia Networks. “With Hibernia’s new Express trans-Atlantic cable going into service this summer, Omar’s industry insight and knowledge of the telecom landscape will very much come into play to further enhance the company’s market position. I am looking forward to accelerating Hibernia’s current momentum with Omar in the role of CCO leading our global commercial efforts.”

“Over the years, I’ve come to know Hibernia as a reliable provider, a valued customer and a formidable competitor,” says Omar Altaji, CCO of Hibernia Networks. “I am delighted to be a part of the Hibernia team at this stage of the company’s journey and look forward to taking Hibernia to new heights as we look to enhance our value proposition in support of our customers evolving needs, as well as accelerate profitable growth and long-term value creation for our shareholders.”

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About Hibernia Networks:
Hibernia Networks, a subsidiary of Columbia Ventures Corporation, owns and operates a global network connecting North America, Europe and Asia. Hibernia has over 200 network Points of Presence (PoPs) in 89 markets and 25 countries.

Hibernia Networks serves its global customer base, including wholesale, finance, media and high-bandwidth companies, with unparalleled support, flexibility and service. Hibernia provides secure and diverse dedicated Ethernet, DTM, Wavelengths and carrier-grade IP Transit services. As a true, end-to-end service provider, Hibernia also offers cloud connectivity, low latency connectivity and HiberniaCDN for seamless anytime, anywhere content delivery. Commencing summer 2015, Hibernia’s new transatlantic cable, Express, will be providing the lowest latency connectivity available between North America and Europe.