FiberLight, LLC (FiberLight) has announced the promotion of Don MacNeil to chief executive officer (CEO). With this appointment, Jim Lynch, FiberLight’s CEO for past three years, will assume the executive chairman role exclusively, effective immediately. Don joined FiberLight as chief operating officer (COO) in September of this year.

This appointment marks a new stage of development for FiberLight as it continues to leverage its leading scalability and long history of delivering reliable, mission-critical network connectivity infrastructure and solutions. Because of its high-bandwidth networks and organizational agility, FiberLight is uniquely positioned to meet the growing data requirements of leading regional and global technology companies.

“During my first few months as COO, I have spent considerable time with the FiberLight teams and seen the immediate impacts of recent investments in our network, our people and our back-office systems. We are poised to refresh our strategy and go-to-market planning, which will align the company for our next phase of growth,” says MacNeil. “I continue to be impressed by the people who have built the company’s success to date and by the assets FiberLight has developed. By combining my past experience in the data center and service provider networking segments with FiberLight’s expertise and strategic network reach, we will be able to meet the challenges posed by hyperscale connectivity, evolving wireless solutions, and the needs of our enterprise customers. I am honored to have earned the trust of Thermo Capital Partners, of Jim, who will continue be a valued mentor and steward of the business, and of FiberLight’s employees.”

Don is well-respected within the data center solutions and broader internet infrastructure industries. He previously served as chief technology officer (CTO) for EdgeConneX®, an innovative data center solutions provider, which built a national portfolio of 29 edge data centers throughout the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, Don has held a variety of leadership roles with operations, engineering, sales and marketing teams, and culminated his 14-year tenure with XO Communications as COO.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented transformation in a networked, all-digital world. This transformation is enabled by cloud technologies and mobile platforms and devices, all of which require fiber-based connectivity to power reliable, efficient solutions. Don’s experience and accomplishments make him the right leader for the next stage of FiberLight’s growth, and the timing couldn’t be better to position FiberLight as the go-to partner for enterprise and wholesale digital transformation initiatives,” Jim states. “Don is also focused on maintaining FiberLight’s culture and values, which have brought us this far. I have been very impressed with the positive impact he has had with our sales and operations teams in a short period of time. Further, my first-hand knowledge and his career successes has increased my confidence in his ability to lead FiberLight to continued success and innovative evolution.”