CEO - Orixcom

Andrew is one of the leading cloud market movers and telecoms executives in the Middle East region. He’s passionate about driving adoption of innovative platforms and services to provide tangible value to end customers. This includes speaking and evangelising about cloud, driving multi-channel distribution of cloud services and providing turnkey end-to-end managed solutions to allow service providers to immediately operate in the market.

Andrew founded Orixcom in 2013, having recognised the increasing role of UAE as a Telecoms and ICT regional hub, and seen the need to help provide customers with efficient international access and cloud services in the Middle East and Africa. Orixcom is a provider of managed IT, cloud and next generation connectivity services. The company combines local knowledge with an international track record of achievement to enable success for its customers worldwide.

From 2005-2013 Andrew was an Executive Vice President at du in UAE. Here he was responsible for the creation and launch in 2012 of datamena, a carrier-neutral transit and content hub for the Middle East in partnership with Equinix. In addition Andrew led the development and launch of UAE-IX, a Telecoms Regulatory Authority initiative in partnership with DE-CIX. Andrew began his career at du in 2005 as part of the founding Executive team by successfully setting up the Enterprise Division, managing the overall commercial operations serving business customers. He subsequently ran the International & Wholesale division.

Andrew has been at the forefront of the telecommunications industry for over 28 years. Prior to coming to the Middle East, he held various senior positions in StarHub, Singapore. Earlier, Andrew was CEO of a company involved in submarine cable backhaul and datacentre facilities, and in the 1990’s he spent 10 years with BT holding various senior appointments in Logistics, Procurement, Sales and Marketing. Prior to that he worked for GPT and Racal Datacoms in technical and sales roles.

Andrew holds an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from Sheffield University, UK and lives in Dubai, UAE with his wife and four children.