By Submarine Cable NewsFeed

Pacific Crossing Limited (PCL) has

announced the appointment of Tom Casey as its new chairman of the board.

Casey is president and chief executive of Current Group LLC, a leading provider of

broadband over power lines. Casey has held previous positions as a lawyer at the Federal Communications Commission and partner and co-head of the telecom group at

Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, where he represented telecom companies and governments in a number of international transactions.

Prior to these

roles, Casey was managing director with Merrill Lynch in London, where he co-headed the Telecom and Media Group, chairman and CEO at Choice One Communications and

vice chairman and CEO at Global Crossing Limited. He has extensive experience in the telecom sector in both mergers and acquisitions and operations, across multiple


Chairman Bob Annunziata, will step down from the board of PCL after a year of esteemed service, the company said in a statement.

Of his

new role, Casey said, “I am delighted to be joining Pacific Crossing at this time. With Mark Simpson as the new chief executive in post, who has, in a matter of

weeks, given Pacific Crossing a renewed sense of direction and much increased pace. This sector of the industry is vibrant and on the verge of dramatic expansion.

Our prospects are varied and bright, due in large part to the leadership of Bob Annunziata, who has skillfully guided the company over the past year.”


Simpson, newly appointed chief executive of PCL, said this of Casey's appointment, “I am delighted that Tom has agreed to be our chairman. His extensive knowledge

of our business, together with his contacts and deal experience, will add great value to Pacific Crossing. Tom leadership of the board is a key plank in our plans

and underlines our commitment to a strong and purposeful Pacific Crossing.”

PCL's 21,000 km fiber optic system consists of four fiber-pairs organized in

four segments connecting each of the cable landing stations near major metropolitan areas in the United States and Japan including Harbour Pointe, Washington;

Grover Beach, California; Ajigaura, Japan; and Shima, Japan. The landing facilities connect seamlessly with Global Crossing North America (GCNA) and are collocated

with Asia Netcom's East Asia Crossing (EAC) to provide backhaul services with diverse routes into major metropolitan areas in both regions.

Pacific Crossing

Limited (PCL) owns and operates the world's only independent, trans-pacific subsea network between the United States and Japan. The company delivers state-of-the-

art capacity and managed network services at competitive prices to a growing carrier-class customer base. The company's headquarters are in Hamilton, Bermuda with

offices in Dallas, Texas.