William Barney
Chairman and CEO
Global Cloud Xchange

Bill Barney is Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Communications and Global Cloud Xchange.

A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Mr. Barney’s career spans more than 15 years in Asia and he was most recently honored with “Data Center Industry Achievement Award” at the Datacloud Asia Awards by Broadgroup, in recognition of his significant contribution to the Industry.

Mr. Barney was appointed CEO of Reliance Communications in October 2016 in addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of Global Cloud Xchange (GCX). He previously served as CEO of Reliance Communications (Enterprise) since March 2015 to oversee the Enterprise, IDC and NLD (National Long Distance) businesses in India.

Since January 2014, Mr. Barney has served as CEO of Reliance Globalcom, which later rebranded as GCX. Under his leadership, GCX has entered a new stage of growth and expansion with a successful debut in the international capital markets and the launch of the company’s next generation content and Cloud delivery platform across India and globally.

Earlier Mr. Barney served as CEO of Pacnet for 10 years –leading the company’s successful acquisition of regional ISP, Pacific Internet, which operationally merged with Asia Netcom and re-launched as Pacnet in January 2008. Under his leadership, the company achieved industry-leading growth and won numerous accolades from industry and media organizations. In 2008, Mr. Barney was named CEO of the Year by Telecom Asia and voted Best Asia Pacific Telecom Executive by readers of CommsDay in 2009.

Prior to Pacnet, Mr. Barney served as Asia Pacific President and CEO for MCI Worldcom (Verizon) where he led the company through a three-digit growth phase. Earlier Mr. Barney was Vice President of Global One (Orange Business Services), where he managed operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Mr. Barney began his career with AT&T, where he held a number of leadership roles in both international and domestic sales.

Across the telecom and technology sectors, Mr. Barney has been an advocate for regulatory and industry change and a major proponent of Cloud Computing and Open networks. His leadership also extends to 6 years on the Board of Governors for the Pacific Telecommunications Council.

Mr. Barney received his MBA from Columbia University in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University.