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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Longtime CEO Witteman to Depart AMS-IX

After 17.5 years, CEO Job Witteman will leave the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), as of Oct. 1.

Under Witteman, the company achieved 30 percent growth over the last year, and a 15 percent revenue increase over the same period, it said. The existing management team, consisting of CTO Henk Steenman, CFO Saskia Poelman and CCO Jesse Robbers will, on an interim basis, fulfill the responsibilities of the CEO and jointly manage the organization until a final replacement has been agreed. Witteman will provide support during the succession process.

AMS-IX has grown to be the world’s largest internet exchange, having now more than 900 customers, operating seven internet platforms globally and seeing a peak of internet traffic of 5.5 Tbps.

“After 17.5 years of helping build AMS-IX, it is time for me personally to seek new challenges and I want to see where I can add value with my knowledge and experience,” Witteman said. “With great confidence, this can now happen, knowing that the company is in top condition. I am very proud of what we have achieved over the past years. I have seen the internet grow from the time it was still in its infancy, to a place where people have access to the internet on their mobile phones and nobody can imagine a world without it. I am very proud that I have been able to contribute to this success and development and reflect on a wonderful career in this still fast-growing market. I am confident AMS-IX will keep its leading position for many years to come.”

Sylvie LaPerrière, chair of the Supervisory Board of AMS-IX, added: “We are grateful for Job’s contribution to AMS-IX: With a fantastic team, he has built a strong organisation which plays a significant role in the global digital economy and the internet infrastructure. We understand and respect his decision to leave and wish him all the best in the future. We will be searching for a successor who, together with the existing management team, can develop and implement a strategy for AMS-IX for the next five years and beyond.”

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