GÉANT appoints Steve Cotter as new CEO


17 August 2015 | Cambridge, UK


GÉANT, Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education, has appointed a new CEO, Steve Cotter, to complete the restructuring of the organisation and take on the challenges of a rapidly changing global science environment.


Cotter is presently CEO of REANNZ, New Zealand’s NREN (National Research and Education Network). He will assume his new role at GÉANT in November, where he will be responsible for developing and fulfilling the organisation’s strategic vision, through management of GÉANT’s day-to-day operations, strengthening relationships with NRENs and the European Commission; and developing major international collaborations.


Formerly Department Head of ESnet, and having also worked for technology companies in Europe and the US including Google, Internet2 and Cisco, Cotter brings a track record of working with government funders and research and academic users.


Says Pierre Bruyère, Chairman of GÉANT: “We needed a CEO with a global perspective on research and education networking, coupled with strong leadership and vision, to complete the restructuring process and take us into the next phase. Steve brings an understanding of the NREN environment and substantial experience in change management. He is already very well-known and respected by the GÉANT community and staff, in his capacity as chair of the GÉANT External Advisory Committee, speaker at our annual TNC conference, and participant in the Global R&E Network CEO Forum. We wish him well and look forward to the benefits he will bring to the community.”


Says Bob Day, Interim CEO of GÉANT: “I am delighted that the Board has been able to appoint in Steve a leader who will be able to hit the ground running as this will give GÉANT and its staff the continuity needed to maintain and develop the world class services enjoyed by our users, along with the capacity to address the many new opportunities that are waiting to be taken.”

Bob Day, Executive Director of Janet (the UK’s NREN) and former Chair of DANTE, took on an interim CEO role to allow the restructuring of GÉANT to proceed whilst a permanent CEO was sought. He will continue in that role until Cotter comes into post in November.


GÉANT (restructured from DANTE and TERENA on 7 October 2014) is best known for the pan-European GÉANT network – considered the most advanced and well-connected research and education network in the world; its long-term management of the GÉANT Project (co-funded by the European Commission and currently in phase GN4-1); and for producing TNC – the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference.



GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe's economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community.


GÉANT has 41 member countries and is owned by its core NREN membership, and also has Associate members including commercial organisations and multi-national research infrastructures and projects.


GÉANT was formed on 7 October 2014, when TERENA and DANTE joined forces and adopted the GÉANT name from the GÉANT Project (co-funded by the European Commission and currently in phase GN4-1), which continues to be a major area of the organisation's work.