CBAN announces appointment of Chief Executive Officer

To drive the networks’ strategy, growth and roadmap, Louisa Gregory has been named as CBAN’s first employee and lead.

The Communications Business Automation Network (CBAN), has today announced the appointment of Louisa Gregory as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer.

CBAN, a project initiated by the ITW Global Leaders’ Forum in 2018, seeks to automate the business of communications, striving to enable automated settlement practices for the ICT service provider industry.

In January 2020, CBAN published a whitepaper outlining the role, structure and governance principles that will be used under the special purpose entity created to manage the platform.

Louisa is the first employee of the organisation and is charged with driving adoption as well as organic growth of the network. In her role she will oversee key objectives including; strategic and technology roadmap development and implementation; member and commercial development, and organisational growth.

Commenting on her appointment, Louisa said; “This is an exciting time at CBAN. The organisation has come from its beginnings as a Proof of Concept between two carriers and is now ready to ensure a set of standards are delivered that drive towards implementing market-leading inter-carrier settlement. Having led the GLF working group from the beginning, I am delighted to lead CBAN into the next stage of its evolution, as we seek to achieve value creation in the area of inter-operable settlement.

Louisa was formally Chief of Staff at Colt Technology Services, where she was responsible for driving the development and execution of strategy across the business, as well as leading the development and execution of the organisation’s inclusion and diversity strategy. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she spent six years in Singapore and prior to joining Colt, Louisa was Chief of Staff at Pacnet Global, and supported the development and execution of the data centre growth strategy across Asia, as well as M&A activity.

Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global and Chair of the GLF, said; “In four short months CBAN has already taken major steps; including building a truly collaborative ecosystem of ICT service providers and technology developers and publishing the overarching governance framework and plans for the network. Now is the time for CBAN to shift to the next level in delivering the real value of automated interoperability to the ICT community and we are particularly pleased that Louisa has agreed to take on this role to lead us forward.”

CBAN works to create a standardized approach for real-time trusted settlement of ICT traffic among service providers, CBAN will accelerate the development of next generation network services by ensuring that the principle of ubiquitous interoperability sustains into the digital era.

About CBAN

CBAN seeks to automate the business of communications. Founded by a group of leading telecommunications providers, CBAN is a membership organization that works for the benefit of the while ICT service provider industry.

CBAN’s purpose is to ensure an industry-wide adoption of services that will transform the settlement of traffic among global communications providers. CBAN will achieve this by facilitating the collaborative development of an automated settlement platform, which will yield operational efficiencies, accelerate product portfolio enrichment and create new revenue streams.

CBAN will achieve this by bringing together members of the ICT service provider sector, as well as leading technology developers in a way that is unique in the industry as it aims to bring together a large number of different ecosystem players to combine efforts to create an inter-operable framework that can support multiple business products running on multiple different DLT implementations.

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