Bob Day MBE steps down from the GÉANT General Assembly
Bob Day MBE, Chief Technology Officer at Jisc, has stepped down from the GÉANT General Assembly – GÉANT’s highest governing body. The announcement was made public during its latest meeting that took place in Trondheim, Norway, on the 15th June 2018, right after the closing of TNC18, GÉANT’s flagship annual conference.
Bob Day has been an active representative of the community and, since 2008, he also played a pivotal role at GÉANT in his previous roles as member and Chair of the DANTE Board; during that time he led important strategic developments, above all the merger of DANTE and TERENA. Subsequently, from October 2014 to November 2015, he was appointed as the Interim GÉANT CEO - and first for GÉANT - ensuring continuity of the momentum generated by the merger whilst the new Board was settling in.
Christian Grimm, Chairman of the GÉANT Board of Directors, during his address to Bob in the presence of all members of the General Assembly commented: “Bob has been a member of our community for so many years, his contributions and support have been invaluable. We are proud to say that GÉANT would not be where it is today without Bob’s dedication and continued leadership during the merger.”
Bob’s career started in 1991 when he joined Jisc (then the Joint Network Team) at a time when the concept of the internet and IP was just becoming established across European Research & Education networks. Bob was involved in a variety of projects to develop Janet’s (R&E network in the UK) capabilities and extend its benefits to the wider R&E community across the UK. In 2015, the award of an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Information Technology as part of the Queen’s New Year Honours, came to crown his outstanding career.
“I’ve had a long association and collaboration with GÉANT and its predecessors over the years, most particularly having had the privilege of serving as Chair of DANTE during the time it and TERENA decided to come together to form the stronger, more unified organisation that GÉANT has become”, said Bob Day during the latest GA this month. “Throughout that time I’ve always been impressed not only by the expertise and professionalism of all at GÉANT and the community it serves, but also by the personal warmth and grace of the many people with whom I’ve worked. I’m sure that GÉANT, organisation and network, will go on to even greater achievements in the future.”