Colt CEO Keri Gilder presents at MWC Barcelona Tech Summit

Colt CEO Keri Gilder presents at MWC Barcelona Tech Summit

 February 28, 2023

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How can companies maximize the impact of their diversity, equality and inclusion strategy?

Colt Technology Services CEO, Keri Gilder, discusses this important topic at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona, the mobile and technology industry's most influential connectivity event.

MWC Barcelona brings together global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, and content owners, as well as tens of thousands of senior executives from top global companies, international governments and trailblazing tech businesses.

Discussing diversity and inclusion with industry leaders

The panel is part of MWC's Diversity4TechSummit, which showcases the best-in-class innovative, practical implementation ideas to take away and adds value and inspiration to diversity, equality and inclusion(DE&I) journeys. The summit hosts presentations and panel discussions with global thought-leaders like Keri who share their ideas and tips.  

For the panel discussion, Keri Gilder joins fellow industry leaders, Verizon Business Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Vice President of Revenue Operations, Iris Meijer, and Vueling Airlines Chief Transformation Officer, Heather Figallo - moderated by Mary Patterson Clarke, Astra Capital Management & Board Member of CTS Communications.

The panelists discuss a range of creative strategies for better communication of diversity, equality and inclusion, focusing on the intersection of technology, social media and employee engagement. They also look at how to connect innovation with inspiring internal and external communication strategies to maximize the impact and engagement of a company's DE&I strategy.

Topics include:

  • Where are the best examples and forces of collective innovation and which maximize engagement for DE&I and how to push for change which scale DE&I.
  • Sparking conversations and identifying ways: which methods, channels and communications strategies work best.
  • The application of DE&I to internal communications: stand out tactics.
  • Social media and harnessing technological innovation to enhance, excite and speed up DE&I.

An impressive leadership career

As Colt CEO, Keri is responsible for executing the company's strategy which centers around transforming the way the world works through the power of connectivity. Keri is passionate about promoting Inclusion & Diversity to ensure Colt is a business where everyone feels they can bring their true selves to work. In addition, Keri brings this passion to the wider industry as the Chair of the TM Forum’s Diversity & Inclusion Council and President of the Global Telecom Women's Network.

Before becoming CEO, Keri was Colt’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), leading global teams across sales, presales and marketing, as well as working closely with the wider organization to ensure Colt delivered for its customers.

Before joining Colt, Keri held several leadership roles at Ciena but was most recently its Vice President & General Manager EMEA, responsible for guiding Ciena’s EMEA service provider and enterprise customers, as well as partners. Prior to Ciena, Keri worked in multiple roles for Lucent Technologies, and she has also worked for Hughes Aircraft as a Network Engineer. 

Keri has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management Information Systems (MIS) from New Mexico State University. Keri lives in London with her husband and two children and is based at Colt’s head office in London.

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