Zach Leonard Joins The Cloud

Zach Leonard, former Managing Director, UK and EMEA, of the Financial Times has joined The Cloud as Chief Operating Officer. Zach will lead the commercial arm of the business, taking overall responsibility for marketing, sales and business development at the company. Whilst at the FT, Zach launched and managed FT YourMoney and FT MarketWatch.

The Cloud have also recently acquired Peter Elliot, formerly heat of international IT at Orange and Gerard Small, ex-Group Finance Director at Colt Telecom.

The Cloud is Europe’s largest public access WiFI network, with more than hotspots in more than 4,300 location – and growing by at least a 100 more every week.

On the news, Zach Leonard said: “I am very excited about my new role and the challenge of developing new business opportunities for The Cloud. My main focus will be to articulate and implement new customer propositions, to acquire new site estates, to build awareness of The Cloud, and, ultimately, to manage The Cloud’s drive to build wireless broadband access in the enterprise market. The wireless broadband sector has enormous potential, and I am looking forward to being part of a team that is focused on making wireless broadband a success.”

George Polk, CEO of The Cloud, said: “We are delighted to welcome Zach to the team. His appointment, combined with our recent hires in technology and finance, provides The Cloud with a very strong and seasoned senior management team. The company will benefit greatly from this combination of individual expertise and broad experience, which will ensure The Cloud is perfectly placed to meet the challenges inherent in its continued growth and development.”

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Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?