Timothy Passingham | VP Wholesale
Colt Technology Services

Timothy Passingham, VP Wholesale, Colt Technology Services

Tim Passingham is the Vice President of Colt Technology Services’ wholesale business. Tim leads the team of providing over Euro500million of telecommunications services to the World’s largest telecommunications carriers, cloud & data centre providers, and internet service providers. 

Tim was sponsored by BT whilst at Manchester University and graduated with a first class honors and masters in electrical and electronic engineering. After projects working with IBM, BT Japan and BT Syntegra Trading Systems, Tim joined BT in 1997 as a Systems Engineer working in BT’s Global Finance organization. In 1999 Tim joined Concert, BT’s joint venture with AT&T. Following roles in IP and eBusiness consulting and specialist sales working across pharmaceutical, automotive and industrial manufacturing industries, Tim moved back to BT to join BT’s new global oil and gas practice as an Account Manager for BP and later became the Global Account Director for BP.

In 2005 Tim was appointed to lead BT’s Oil and Gas Line of Business and after two years of exceptional growth became General Manager for the Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical and Technology Sector. He was then appointed as Director to lead the new Energy and Industry Sector. In September 2009 he went on to lead the newly structured Global Partners organization where he led market units focused on supporting the information and communications technology needs of BT’s largest Systems Integrator, technology and BPO partners. In 2011 Tim was asked to take on the VP role for EMEA at BT Conferencing where he transformed the business into one of the fastest growing divisions of BT Group. In 2012 Tim moved to Boston, MA, to be the Vice President & General Manager of BT Conferencing in the Americas and the Executive Director of BT Conferencing Video Limited – a separate legal entity in BT focused on delivering world class unified collaborations solutions for  enterprise and federal/government  customers. 

In 2013 Tim moved from BT to Level3 Communications to run Levels3’s Enterprise and Government business and to lead the organization on the next phase of its growth journey in EMEA. Tim ran a $560million business carrying much of Europe’s internet traffic.  After accelerating the growth of Level3 in EMEA Tim left to establish a management consultancy in 2015 and to work as a consultant, interim executive, non-executive director, mentor, coach and advisor to both firms and individuals primarily in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. 

Tim is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Cambridge Management Consulting Limited, a Non-Executive Director of cyber security start-up, Invasec, and an ICT advisor to International Airlines Group (IAG). Tim has held number of other non-executive roles previously including director of Cloud professional service business, Intergence, director of software-as a-service (SaaS) sales platform, Omnecore, director of the desktop-as-a-service company, Molten Technologies Ltd., BT Group General Manager for Cambridgeshire  and non-executive advisor to Oilfield-Services start-up SaberOFS. 

Tim lives in Cambridge, UK, with his wife and three children.

About Colt 
Colt aims to be the leader in enabling customers’ digital transformation through agile and on-demand, high bandwidth solutions. The Colt IQ Network connects over 800 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 25,000 on-net buildings and growing.  

Colt has built its reputation on putting customers first. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 200 cities in nearly 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please visit www.colt.net.  


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