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Global Crossing and the Federal Enterprise

Company Creates New Customer-Facing Unit to Heighten Focus on Government Markets

Global Crossing issued a press release 1 June 2010 which provides some foreshadowing of future actions I recommend technologists in the federal space closely track.  They have just brought John Sutton onboard as Executive Vice President and General Manager of their Federal Sector.  John has a history of mission focused customer support and I have no doubt he will continue his track record of innovation and value creation in his new position.   The press release is below:

Global Crossing Appoints John Sutton as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Federal Sector

Company creates new customer-facing unit to heighten focus on Government Markets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., June 1, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced the creation of a new senior role, naming industry veteran John Sutton to lead the company’s Federal Sector business as a member of Global Crossing’s senior leadership team.

Sutton, who had been Senior Vice President of the Defense and Intelligence Business Unit in the Mission, Cyber and Technology Group at ManTech, Inc., begins his new role immediately.  The new Federal Sector unit he will lead becomes the company’s fifth customer-facing unit, joining teams focused on customers in North America, Latin America, EMEA/UK and the global Carrier segment.

“We are pleased to welcome John to Global Crossing to lead our newest customer-facing unit,” said John Legere, Global Crossing’s chief executive officer.  “John’s unique combination of defense, intelligence, military and government expertise brings value to our existing federal sector customers and will help grow this part of our business and take our customer relationships to the next level.”

Sutton comes to Global Crossing as a versatile business executive with more than 24 years of federal business experience.  He has a track record of operating, diversifying and growing technology-driven businesses.   At Global Crossing, he will serve as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Federal Sector, and will report directly to Legere.

“I’m delighted to be joining the world-class networking team at Global Crossing at this important time in its growth,” said Sutton.  ”The time is right to bring even more of the benefits of IP technologies, and Global Crossing’s differentiated customer experience, to this important market segment.”

Prior to his position at ManTech, Inc., Sutton was a Group Vice President at AT&T Government Solutions, where he was responsible for business operations and growth in Department of Defense and Intelligence markets.  In this position he managed more than 600 employees, most with top-secret security clearances; delivered technology solutions in data management, training, systems engineering and modeling; and simulation of national and tactical systems, network systems design and operations at multiple levels of security.

Sutton earned a Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University School of Management and a Bachelors of Science in Marine Transportation at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He is a member of the National Intelligence Education Foundation Board and has served on the George Mason University School of Management Advisory Board and the Blue Canopy Advisory Board.  He has received a Department of the Army Superior Performance Award and Department of the Navy AEGIS Excellence Award.


Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC) is a leading global IP and Ethernet solutions provider with the world’s first integrated global IP-based network.  The company offers a full range of data, voice and collaboration services with an industry leading customer experience and delivers service to approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as to 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.  It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries around the world.

Please visit for more information about Global Crossing.


Congrats John!

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