Stephen is the Engineering & Business Development Manager for Vodafone Submarine Systems Engineering (VSSE), part of Vodafone Group Services. He has more than 33 years’ experience in the submarine systems industry and an extensive background in engineering. Stephen is Vice Chairman of the European Subsea Cables Association (ESCA), an active member of the SubOptic Executive Committee; and Executive Committee Member of the ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force on SMART Cables for Observing the Ocean, and Co-Chairman of its Business Model Committee.
Stephen is an experienced leader in international project implementation and his expertise includes international connectivity and carrier commercial arrangements for submarine cables. Career highlights include serving as Director of Submarine Systems Engineering at Cable & Wireless Communications, where his innovative solutions to meet customer requirements led to the development and implementation of four repurposed cable projects that redeployed a total cable length exceeding 6400 km. Some previous roles include Network Manager for the Japan-US Cable System, independent advisor to the Southern Cross finance facilitator and Engineering Manager on CJFS.
Prior to taking up his current role for Vodafone, Stephen was Director of Submarine Systems Engineering at Cable & Wireless Global Networks where he led C&W’s submarine system consultancy practice, providing strategic advice to telecoms companies on building and operating submarine networks to meet their future needs.