Christian Bleakley Appointed CEO of Firstcom Europe

“There will be a digital legacy of lockdown”

Leading cloud telecommunications provider Firstcom Europe announces the appointment of Christian Bleakley as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Jean-Pierre Vandromme, the previous CEO, moves to the position of President comments: “having worked closely with Christian over the past 18 months I am delighted that someone with his drive and enthusiasm has taken over the reins of Firstcom”.

Christian was previously the founder and MD at Telesis in Bolton which he grew from startup to becoming a market leading B2B telecommunication service provider over 10 years. He has a wealth of experience and leadership in the telecom industry, and previously spent 15 years building Britannia Business Communication into one of the largest independent telecom companies in the UK.

The rapidly expanding Pan European provider, Firstcom Europe acquired Telesis in 2018. Having run its entire UK operations since then, Christian now takes on overall leadership of the group which has an annual turnover of more than £30m. The company has an extensive range of SAAS (software as a service) business cloud solutions on its self-developed Universe platform including: online PBX’s and a suite of unified communication products that includes chat, video conferencing, business collaboration and SIP channel internet access. It operates in 5 countries across Europe and intends to expand further through acquisitions and growth.

Christian takes on the role at a unique time, with Covid-19 having dramatically changed the nature of telecommunications across Firstcom’s client companies.

Commenting on the current situation under the pandemic, Christian stated: “The transformation of the traditional workplace has driven companies to collaborate in different ways. They can now be in contact from wherever they wish, be it at home or in satellite offices or at corporate headquarters.  Flexibility of location and ease of use have become essential features for communication services.

“Now with everyone using the latest products in a range of applications, from remote teleworking to grandparents video calling their grandchildren, previous communication practices are not going to return to where they were. There will be a digital legacy of lockdown that will be continued even when the pandemic has ended.

“With my background and broad experience in the industry from the different roles I have held, I understand that business success is dependent on having the right technology, deployed in the right way, and at the right price. We will be deepening and extending our relationships with our customers and partners and further developing our product range to equip them for the exciting digital future.”