Intelecom has announced the appointment of Klaas van der Leest as UK Managing Director. Effective immediately, Van der Leest will be responsible for expanding the company in the important UK market with a focus on driving new business opportunities for cloud-based contact centres in mid-sized organisations.
Since 2006 and the early days of cloud computing Van der Leest has developed particular expertise in the cloud, telecommunications and IT Services market. He served as a key contributor at hosting and cloud company, Attenda Ltd that saw profits rise extensively from 2006 to 2008 and more recently at Global Crossing where his role also included the development of the data centre and hosting business.
Commenting on Klaas van der Leest’s appointment, Torkel Engeness, Chief Executive Officer at Intelecom Group AS, said, “We are delighted to welcome an exceptionally high calibre professional like Klaas to our management team. With his strong track record in building organisations that deliver tangible results, I am confident he will support our ambitious growth plans.
At the same time, he will be instrumental in putting Intelecom on the map, helping us to tap into the underserved UK market for mid-sized organisations hungry for the latest cloud and software as a service (SaaS) technology solutions.”
Van der Leest has spent 20 years in the telecommunications, IT and services industry in a variety of roles across Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and North America. He has held senior sales, marketing, business development and general management positions at leading worldwide companies including Global Crossing, Logica plc and Nortel Networks. At Logica plc, Van der Leest progressed rapidly, securing several promotions, including the development of their global customer relationship management (CRM) proposition.