Zayo taps Level 3 veteran Waters as CTO, president of network solutions

Jack Waters

Zayo did not have to look to far to find its new CTO and president of Network Solutions. The company named Level 3 veteran Jack Waters to the position, replacing Dave Jones.

Jones, who was named as CTO in February, is now Zayo's EVP of Dark Fiber Services.

Reporting directly to Zayo's CEO and Chairman Dan Caruso, Waters will lead all aspects of the company’s network and will be directly engaged with Zayo's strategic customers, technology vendors and alliance partners.

Set to officially join Zayo on August 15, Waters’ move to the company will reunite Waters with Caruso; the two launched Level 3 in 1997 and worked together at the company for the next seven years.

During Waters’ 18-year tenure with Level 3, he held key leadership and engineering roles. As Level 3's CTO he is well known for overseeing the service provider’s movement into Ethernet, SDN and IP-based voice services as well as integrating key assets such as Global Crossing and tw telecom.

Prior to joining Caruso at Level 3, Waters was an executive staff member for MCI Communications (now Verizon Business), overseeing architecture and implementation. Waters began his telecom career at SURAnet, the Southeastern University Research and Academic Network.

Besides his new role at Zayo, Waters serves on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Council and the board of directors for the Colorado Technology Association.

Waters’ appointment comes at a time when Zayo has been realigning its top management ranks. In July, Zayo named Chris Morley as permanent COO, replacing co-chief operating officer and co-founder Matt Erickson, who left the company for personal reasons.

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