Megaport picks Twitter global network lead as CTO

Australian interconnection services provider Megaport has announced choosing former Twitter Global Network lead Tim Hoffman as its new chief technology officer.

Hoffman will be given responsibility over Megaport’s network operations, network architecture, software development, product, and procurement segments, reporting directly to Vincent English, who was appointed as CEO following the resignation of former CEO Denver Maddux earlier this year.

According to Megaport, Hoffman spent close to 10 years of his career building out telecommunications networks across New Zealand during network engineering roles at Health Intelligence Wellington, FX Networks, CityLink Limited, and Snap Internet.

“Tim was integral in leading the development of some of the most critical networks in New Zealand’s telecommunications infrastructure over the previous decade,” English said on Wednesday.

His role at Twitter also involved Hoffman gaining experience in “worldwide infrastructure, including all interconnection, backbone and content distribution infrastructure, and global datacentres”.

“He has negotiated peering agreements with some of the largest internet backbone providers in the world, while leading the commercial effort to significantly reduce the operational costs of infrastructure,” Megaport added.

The company said his experience therefore aligns with the company’s “trajectory” for future growth initiatives.

“Megaport has transformed the way the industry approaches connectivity, leading the way with a next-generation software-defined network-based network which challenges traditional networks,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman will begin his Megaport role on October 1.

Megaport last month announced its financial results for FY17, revealing a net loss of AU$29.9 million, up slightly on last year’s AU$21.3 million net loss, on revenue of AU$10.7 million, which jumped from just AU$2.7 million a year previously.

Calling it a “year of outstanding growth”, Megaport said that as of June 30,…