Australia Japan Cable Chairman Tarek Robbiati today announced that the company’s CEO, Robin Russell, would be leaving at the end of March. The new AJC CEO will be David Crofts, who has been one of the two key decision makers at AJC, working alongside Mr Russell as CFO since the company’s foundation in 2000.

Mr Robbiati thanked Mr Russell on behalf of the Shareholders, Board and staff of AJC. “Mr Russell has faced significant challenges over the years, and led the team to outstanding achievements, including construction of the network on time and under budget, and weathering the industry crisis of 2002 / 2003 which saw the market littered with bankruptcies. AJC is financially secure and boasts one of the best performing submarine networks in the world,” Mr Robbiati said. AJC posted another year with a remarkable zero outages for its flagship capacity product in 2010.

Mr Russell, who has been offshore for fifteen years, will be returning to Australia to enjoy some time with his family before considering future options.

About Australia Japan Cable

Australia-Japan Cable is a 12,700km optical fibre ring submarine cable network, directly connecting Australia and Japan, via Guam. AJC is equipped with Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology providing 10Gbit/s wavelengths with a design capacity of up to 32 waves per fibre pair.

The network is equipped to 320 Gbit/s with a capability of over 2500 Gbit/s enabling further upgrades as required. A collapsed ring configuration is used, where the fibre pairs share a common sheath on a historically safe route between branching units in 4000m plus water depths and diverse landings into each of Australia, Guam and Japan as security against shallow water risks. Carriers can also use AJC as a diverse cable system to other cables connecting in all landing point locations.

AJC offers an extensive range of products which capacity users can tailor to their individual network requirements. For more information, visit