Worldwide communications infrastructure platform, Zayo Group, has hired Bill Long as its new Chief Product Officer. Bill Long is a seasoned telecoms and technology professional. He joins Zayo from Equinix where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Product Management. At Equinix, Mr. Long was in charge of the company’s worldwide interconnection and data center products’ overall growth and profitability.
Bill Long has worked in the telecommunications sector for about 20 years. His areas of expertise include enterprise and wholesale voice, interconnection, and infrastructure services, as well as product and business development.
Bill Long worked with Level 3 Communications for a number of years before joining Equinix, serving as the company’s Vice President of Voice Services, Senior Director of Voice Product Development, and Director of Emerging Opportunities.
“As more of global GDP becomes digitally enabled, the criticality of fiber and communications infrastructure connecting the edge to core to clouds is becoming increasingly important,” said Bill Long, the newly appointed Chief Product Officer at Zayo Group. “Zayo’s broad and deep geographic reach, along with its long-term commitment to network modernization and incredible team, have put the company in the ideal position to capitalize on this market opportunity. I look forward to working with the Zayo team to bring execution excellence and innovation to connect what’s next for our customers.”
Network Infrastructure and Managed Services
In every major market in North America and several significant areas in western Europe, Zayo Group delivers networks of the highest caliber. Zayo would offer fiber connectivity that supports the leading innovators in every sector across the globe with a broad range of solutions that includes dark and illuminated fiber, private data networks, data center connectivity, and managed edge services.
“Bill possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience overseeing product growth and profitability in the digital infrastructure space,” said Andrés Irlando, President at Zayo Group. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the team. His experience, expertise and forward-thinking leadership will be an invaluable asset to Zayo as we continue to laser focus on delivering best-in-class infrastructure and managed services to our customers.”
This appointment of Long as chief product officer comes on the heels of a transformative year for Zayo. The firm launched Zeus, a subsea route that connects the UK and continental Europe, which is the company’s greatest organic network growth to date. Zeus includes long-haul dark fiber, 400 Gbps (400G) upgrades, and subsea routes all over the world.
Additionally, Zayo recently acquired QOS Networks, positioning the business as one of the leading suppliers of secured edge networking services. It also acquired Education Networks of America to offer high-quality managed services and customer care to customers in the education, library, community healthcare, and public sector.