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LINX Board of Directors

LINX is governed by the Board of Directors - consisting of the chief executive officer, the Board chairman, six non-executive directors elected by the members, and up to three executive directors appointed by the Board.

Murray Steele (LINX Chairman)

Murray has held over 20 chairman, NED and trustee roles in virtually every type of organisation – FTSE listed; division of FTSE listed; privately owned; venture capital backed; early stage technology angel investor backed, pension fund; charity; public sector and advisory boards. Revenues of these organisations have ranged from zero to £1.2 billion.

Currently he is chairman of Octopus Apollo VCT, FTSE listed and one of the largest of its kind in the UK and Surface Generation, an early stage manufacturing technology company; and an NED of James Walker Group, a privately owned engineering company operating in over 30 countries worldwide and E-Energija, an energy company in Lithuania.

John Souter (LINX Chief Executive Officer)

Mathematics graduate John Souter joined LINX as chief executive in March 2001. He has also been a Board member and Treasurer of Euro-IX (the IXP trade association) since inception in 2001.

John had a 20 year career with the British Standards Institution, culminating in his directorship of BSI Quality Assurance. In 1996 he became vice president for systems and operations with Mobile Systems International Plc, whose Planet software product was used in planning many GSM and paging networks.

In 1998 he became managing director of AAH Meditel Ltd, which provides clinical record and decision support systems to NHS general practitioners, and in 2000 was appointed as UK managing director of Varetis Communications, which provided Internet, WAP-based and directory computer systems to telephone companies. He has also served in a number of non-executive director and advisory positions for various organisations over the years. Currently, he is also a non executive director and minor shareholder in Your Feed Ltd.

John is co-author of a technical book on Portable Modula-2 Programming.

Seb Lahtinen (NetConnex)

An entrepreneur with a strong interest in Internet related projects, Sebastien is a director of hosting company NetConnex and co-founder of independent broadband information site

Prior to joining LINX, he was Senior Independent Director at Nominet, the .uk domain name registry and has previously served as Chairman of LONAP and Chair of Nominet's Policy Advisory Board.

Sebastien holds B.Sc. Management and M.Sc. Information Systems degrees from the London School of Economics.


Steve Wright

Steve is an experienced technology and operations consultant and non-executive director. His career has been focussed on building and developing cloud based businesses with a passion for delivering outstanding customer service. He is currently a non-executive director of LINX member Elite Limited (AS29611), a director of LINX member 4D Data Centres (AS31463), and provides his services to Cogendo, a leading employee performance management platform. Previous roles have focussed on delivering high availability business critical services, long term growth and business scaling for a number of LINX members and wider technology businesses.

He has been involved with LINX since ~2004 and was a member of the LPC (LINX Program Committee) during 2011 and early 2012 before being elected to the Board. Steve is currently Vice Chairman of the Board, is a member of the Audit Committee and chairs the Remuneration Committee.

Lee Hetherington (Facebook)

Lee is employed by LINX member Facebook, in the team responsible for Global Edge network planning and strategy, where he leads Edge Network and Caching strategy across the EU.  He had previously focused on Network Engineering and Architecture, building networks of varying scales, both inside and outside the Data Centre for Symantec, and later leading IP Network strategy for Amazon Web Services in the EU.

Lee has been involved with LINX since 2009 whilst working for LINX member MessageLabs, being involved initially with the Member Endorsements Panel and later the programme committee since 2015.

Thomas Mangin (Exa Networks)

Thomas Mangin is the Technical Director and major shareholder of Exa Networks Ltd, and also Secretary for Lopez Neary Limited, a translation and interpretation business.

He holds an English BSc and French MSc in computing. He started his career at Legend Internet where he held the position of Systems Manager from 2000 to 2003 where he was responsible of all of the business technical aspects. He left this position just before the purchase of the business by Business Serve (later Legend Communication) to found Exa Networks Ltd where he is an Executive Director.

He has been involved with LINX since 2002 and was a member of the LPC (LINX Program Committee) between 2006 and 2010.

Mike Blanche (Google)

Mike has a broad range of experience in the Internet industry over the past 20 years. He currently works for Google, in their Telecoms Strategic Relationships team.

His first role at Google was as as their first peering coordinator located in Europe more than 5 years ago. Over time this evolved to managing Google's content delivery strategy, and overall relationships with telecoms operators. He is also involved in public policy issues related to the Open Internet, peering, interconnection and content delivery.

Previous to Google Mike has been CTO at the VoIP company Callserve, Technical Director at Onyx Internet (also a LINX member), worked with Manx Telecom on helping them establish their LINX presence, and in the late 1990s he founded, grew, and sold a web hosting and colocation business.

Mike has an MA in Engineering & Computer Science from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Simon Woodhead (Simwood)

Simon's early career was in finance as a fund manager, within what became Deutsche Bank and Barclays Wealth. Simon had discretion to manage over £40m+ of funds before age 21, becoming the youngest qualified member of the Securities Institute. He had a reputation and track record for stock-picking, particularly of technology companies but found his career focussing on senior roles in business recovery and technology troubleshooting.

Simwood was founded in 1996 and Simon left finance in 1999 to focus on it and a number of other start-ups. He was usually co-founder and occupied roles from CEO to CTO, exiting all of them except Simwood by 2005. As CEO and architect, he shaped the current business of Simwood to be the wholesale voice and mobile operator it is today.

Simwood joined LINX in 2011 and Simon has been a member of the LINX Programme Committee from 2012 through to election as a Non-Executive Director of LINX in May 2016.

Executive Directors

LINX's articles were changed by a resolution passed at the EGM held in November 2017. They now allow for the Board to appoint up to three Executive Directors in addition to the Chief Executive. At present none have been appointed.

With over 770 members connecting from over 76 different countries worldwide, LINX members have access to direct routes from a large number of diverse international peering partners.

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