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Colt appoints Andrew Housden as VP of Capital Markets

Industry veteran joins Colt to lead its go-to-market strategy for Capital Markets in Europe, Asia and North America

London, 14 February 2017Colt today announced that Andrew Housden has joined the company as VP of Capital Markets, reporting to Tom Regent, Colt’s Chief Commercial Officer. Andrew will be responsible for growing Colt’s Capital Markets vertical, overseeing some of Colt’s largest accounts across Europe, Asia and North America. Colt works with 18 of the top 25 banks and diversified financial groups[1], over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks.

Andrew Housden headshot
Andrew Housden headshot
Andrew will be based in London, and joins Colt from BT Global Services, where he was the VP of Global Finance Accounts. During his time at BT, he managed the global sales team for Unified Trading and Radianz cloud services and was responsible for driving business growth with major accounts in the financial services sector. He also has experience of managing global implementation and operational teams to deliver the service levels required by banking and trading firms.

“Colt is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience to enterprises that are global, yet need deep local attention and expertise. Andrew’s appointment signifies our commitment to the Capital Markets vertical, his in-depth knowledge of client requirements and the underpinning technologies fits perfectly with Colt’s vision for the future. His longstanding experience of selling to, and supporting, financial services customers around the globe, includes ten years in New York where he managed one of the largest outsourcing contracts in the industry for a global investment bank,” said Tom Regent, Chief Commercial Officer at Colt.

Colt delivers highly secure, on-demand services designed to meet the requirements and speed of the financial markets. This includes Colt PrizmNet, a next-generation extranet service dedicated to the financial sector, MarketPrizm market data feeds, hosting, and tailored connectivity solutions. Colt’s Capital Markets customers also benefit from Colt’s SDN-enabled, intelligent network, known as the Colt IQ Network, which has been designed to provide on-demand access to global data centres, public cloud providers, as well as participants’ premises.

“Capital Markets firms face several significant challenges to remain competitive, in particular the need for a more agile and cost-effective infrastructure, migrating applications to the cloud and ever-changing regulatory requirements. Colt has a firmly established position in serving Capital Markets firms and is making significant investments to help its customers stay ahead of the market. I am pleased to be part of a company that is setting the benchmark for customer experience and thrives on putting customers first,” said Andrew Housden, VP of Capital Markets at Colt.

Colt has been serving the financial sector for over 20 years; with an extensive network covering the key financial centres in Europe, Asia and North America. Following the acquisition and integration of MarketPrizm in 2011 and KVH in 2014, Colt has the service portfolio and reach to support Capital Markets firms on a global scale.

[1] Forbes 2000 list, 2016 –

About Colt
Colt provides high bandwidth services for enterprises and wholesale customers in Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs. Colt enables the digital transformation of businesses through its intelligent, purpose-built, cloud-integrated network, known as the Colt IQ Network. It connects over 700 data centres around the globe, with over 24,500 on-net buildings and growing. Colt is also recognised as an innovator and pioneer in software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

Colt has built its reputation on putting its customers first, with a focus on delivering true local presence and agility for enterprises that are global yet need local attention. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 200 connected cities in nearly 30 countries. Colt counts 19 of the top 25 global telecoms companies and 18 out of the top 25 global media companies (Forbes 2000 list, 2016) amongst its customers. In addition, Colt works with over 50 exchange venues and 13 European central banks. Owned by Fidelity Investments, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry, providing the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please visit

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