The EllaLink Board Directors

Board of Directors

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Michael Dedieu

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Chairman of the board – Representing Marguerite

Michael Dedieu is Managing Partner of Marguerite, a pan-European Infrastructure fund with over €1.5 billion under management. Marguerite provides equity or quasi-equity products to transport, energy, renewable, telecom and water projects located in EU countries with a focus on Greenfield projects. Michael has over 25 years’ experience in equity investments, project development and project finance. Prior to Marguerite, Michael spent 14 years with Fluor as head of European Infrastructure business development and global head of PPP being previously VP Project Finance at Credit Lyonnais. Michael holds a business degree from EDHEC and an MSc in Financial Engineering from EM Lyon. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

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Alfonso Gajate

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Member of the board – Brazil Europe Cable Alliance Representative

Alfonso Gajate is the founder of IslaLink, the first Spanish neutral submarine cable operator deploying cables to the Balearic and Canary Islands and to Algeria. From IslaLink he founded EllaLink. Previously, he held top management positions in Alcatel, DEC, IBM and ITT in Spain, France, UK, Switzerland, USA, Peru and Belgium. He was also a board member of AMETIC, C@SI, DIALOGO, Chambre, Foro de la Sociedad Civil, Foro de Foros, and Círculo de Empresarios. Alfonso graduated as MSEE, MBA, AMP, PADE and he was Officer in the National Order of Merit of France and Honorary Telecommunications Engineer.

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Ross Mullins

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Member of the board – Brazil Europe Cable Alliance Representative

Ross Mullins is a Swiss/American venture entrepreneur who worked for nearly 20 years in the submarine cable industry funding, promoting, developing and operating subsea fibre optic telecommunications systems from the Spanish mainland to the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Morocco, Algeria and Brazil with the IslaLink group. Previously he was one of the first western entrepreneurs to set up shop in Russia after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 where he founded and was lead investor of three companies. Earlier in his career, he held senior European management position at Fortune 500 corporations (J.P.Morgan Chase, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Merisel Inc) in Spain and Switzerland.

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Alessandro Talotta

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Member of the board – Independent Advisor

Alessandro Talotta has over 20 years of experience and has held several executive positions both on the supplier and operator side, developing significant experience in driving service go-to-market strategies in the mobile industry, along with leading Telecom Italia Sparkle’s wholesale expansion in the submarine market.

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Alberto Horcajo

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Member of the board – Independent Advisor

Alberto Horcajo was the CEO of Transportes Azkar (1992-2001), CEO of Atento (2001-2003), Group Chief Procurement and Resources Officer of Telefónica (2004-2012), CFO of Vivo-Telefónica Brazil (2013-2016), First CEO of Telxius Telecom (2016-2017) and Co-Founder of Red Colmena (present). He also sits on several boards, serving as Chair of Audit Committee. He is the Chairman of the Instituto de Educación e Investigación and a member of the Audit Committee of the Universidad de Navarra.