LINX appoints three Executives to its Board of Directors following extensive governance review

By 31st May 2018LINX News

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) have announced the appointment of three executive directors from its senior management team to the LINX Board. Joining the chairman, six elected non-executive directors and LINX CEO, John Souter, on the Board are Chief Marketing Officer Kurt Erik Lindqvist, Head of Public Affairs Malcolm Hutty, and Chief Technical Officer Richard Petrie,

Kurt Erik Lindqvist

Chief Marketing Officer & Director

Kurt Erik “Kurtis” Lindqvist has a broad background in engineering and business development of ISP and worldwide carrier networks. He has spent the past 20 years working actively in the Internet community in several varied roles.

From 2002 to 2015 he was the CEO of Netnod. Kurt Erik has been the chairman of Euro-IX since 2003. He is also a dedicated WG Chair for RIPE where he has serve d as NCC-Services WG Chair since 2004. He is a regular and appreciated speaker at several International Internet conferences such as RIPE, APRICOT and Nanog.

Previously Kurt Erik has chaired the Multi6, shim6 and v6ops WGs in the IETF. He is also the co-author of two RFCs. Kurt Erik has served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board between 2005-2009.

Over the years Kurt Erik has participated actively in the development, standardisation and deployment of IPv6 in the IETF and various other operational forums. In addition Kurt Erik served as an adviser to the Swedish Minister of Information Technology and Energy cooperating with Anna-Karin Hatt and the Swedish Minister of foreign affairs, Carl Bildt.

Kurt Erik joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

Malcolm Hutty

Head of Public Affairs & Director

Malcolm’s role involves liaising with government and regulatory authorities on behalf of the LINX membership, representing the interests of members to government and briefing members on regulatory developments.

Malcolm acts as Regulatory Affairs spokesman for Euro-IX, the European association of Internet Exchanges. He is a director of ISPA UK, and a member of a number of organisations relating to Internet regulation. He has acted as an expert witness in ground-breaking court cases concerning network blocking in the UK (the Newzbin2 case, BT’s challenge to the Digital Economy Act) and Ireland (EMI v Eircom), and has testified to Select Committee hearings of both the UK House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Malcolm has previously served as Chair of the Network Security Information Exchange, a Director of the Internet Watch Foundation and as an elected member of the Nominet Policy Advisory Board. From 2008-2013 he served as President of EuroISPA, the pan-European organisation of membership associations representing the interests of Internet Service Providers.

Malcolm joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

Richard Petrie

Chief Technical Officer & Director

Richard has been with LINX since 2014, running the technology group, responsible for all of LINX’s exchanges across the UK and in North America.

Previously, Richard has held senior operations and engineering positions with service providers, Colt Technology and IPC Network Services as well as within financial services companies such as Bloomberg and BGC Partners. He has over fifteen years experience in delivering high volume, low latency and agile network solutions.

Richard joined the LINX Board as an Executive Director in May 2018.

The decision follows a thorough governance review process and the appointment of Murray Steele as LINX’s first independent Chairman in 2015. Proposals for changes for the LINX Board structure were initially put to the membership at the EGM at LINX95 in November 2016. These covered the change of name from LINX Council to LINX Board, term limits, and changes to the voting process of non-executive directors. Also proposed was an extended representation of LINX at an executive level.

Murray Steele said:

“At every stage this has been an open, democratic and transparent process and we have made every effort to consult thoroughly with members via all the available channels. We had to get this right and when the proposed changes to LINX’s Memorandum & Articles of Association were put to the vote in November 2017 they were formally approved.”

According to the UK Governance Code: “A good Board has effective representation of the executive body” and the new structure does just that. In addition, the inclusion of internal senior staff on the Board provides for future succession planning and helps with the development of potential future leadership.

Murray continued:

“The addition of these three new executive Board positions creates a forum for more engagement between LINX and its non-executive directors. They will also provide a functional perspective of the management team who oversee the day-to-day running of the exchange.”

“The procedures now in place fit well with good governance practices and helps us best represent what the membership expects of us. I am confident that we now have a structure in place which reflects the needs of LINX not only in 2018 but also well into the future.”

The Executive Board appointments came into effect on Friday 18th May 2018, and were first announced to members at LINX101 member conference at the Park Plaza Victoria in London on Monday 21st May 2018.