A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Barney’s career spans more than 15 years in Asia. During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Pacnet, Barney led the company’s successful acquisition of regional ISP, Pacific Internet, which operationally merged with Asia Netcom and re-launched as Pacnet in January 2008. Prior to Pacnet, Mr. Barney served as Asia Pacific President and CEO for MCI Worldcom (Verizon) where he led the company through a three-digit growth phase.
Chairman of Reliance Communications Anil D. Ambani said, “We are delighted to have Bill join us to lead Reliance Globalcom into an accelerated phase of growth and development, leading to enhanced unlocking of value for the benefit of all our stakeholders. Bill’s track record and ability in reshaping the technology business will be a true asset to Reliance Globalcom.”
“I am honored to join one of the world’s leading business groups to run three very exciting businesses. We are at an important time in the evolution of global Internet technology, and I look forward to working with the team to further advance the company’s position in the global marketplace,” said Bill Barney, newly appointed CEO, Reliance Globalcom.
Barney’s appointment is effective immediately, and he will operate out of Hong Kong and Mumbai.
Punit Garg will continue to lead the rapidly growing and highly profitable Indian enterprise business of Reliance Communications.