Chief Executive Officer, Claranet Group
Charles Nasser founded Claranet in 1996 and has grown it into an international managed service provider operating in 6 countries. Charles has led the company through a strong period of organic growth as well as several acquisitions from public and private companies.
A keen traveller, Charles has visited over 85 countries and participated in several expeditions, including a trek to the geographic North Pole in 2004.
Since 1996, information technology has grown from thousands of users seeking simple dial-up access to millions of consumers and corporate clients who require reliable, high-speed, always-on connectivity. 12 years ago, few business people even had an email address. Today they expect anytime, anywhere access to their email, their company network and even their desktop.
Claranet's vision rests on two criteria which we believe will define the next decade. Information services will continue to play an ever more important role in business. Moreover, the range and diversity of information services will be impossible for businesses to manage in-house.
That is why I've built Claranet into a Managed Services Provider. We develop, support and manage a raft of information technology solutions for our customers, making it possible for them to focus on their business rather than worrying about their technology.
Whether it's a small business looking for basic hosting or connectivity solutions, a large company requiring complex hosting or managed applications, or a multi-site organisation that needs reliable, secure networking, Claranet has already adapted it's infrastructure, services and personnel to offer every technology a company needs - before you realised you needed it.
The Claranet team and I are here to support your every need.
Charles Nasser, Chief Executive Officer, Claranet Group
Chief Financial Officer, Claranet Group
Nigel has a vast range of experience working as commercial Finance Director for a wide variety of organisations, ranging from partnerships to PLCs. He has over ten years of European experience, working in Paris for 3 years for M&S and as European Financial Director for Donaldsons and DTZ.
With his background and experience, Nigel has a solid understanding of IT and systems as well as the issues of operating, controlling and reporting across a range of countries. He has proved a catalyst for change management within the finance arena, and has worked with different senior management teams on successfully moving businesses forward. Nigel joined Claranet in April 2010.
Chief Information Officer, Claranet Group
Andy has broad experience in all aspects of IT, both as a provider and consumer of IT services, in roles varying from hardware and software development through to business analysis, business continuity management and project management.
Andy has also worked in senior IT management and R&D roles for Siemens Network Systems Limited (now part of KCOM Group), 3Com UK Ltd and in the public sector (Higher Education).Andy holds degrees in Physics from Nottingham University, Computer Science from Aston University, a PhD in Image Processing also from Aston University and a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA).
Andy joined Claranet as CIO in October 2013.
Claranet attracted me because of the technical strength of the employees, many of whom have developed along with the company from its beginnings as a consumer-focused Internet services provider through to a sophisticated, multi-national, business-focused managed services provider.
Andy Wilton, Chief Information Officer, Claranet Group
Managing Director, Claranet UK
Michel is experienced in business development and marketing with particular expertise in the IT solutions sector. He has worked in senior roles across Europe and the US and has more than 12 years experience in the IT industry. Michel joined Claranet UK as Managing Director in July 2007.
Michel has also worked in senior consulting and marketing positions for Forward in London (now part of WPP Group), a publishing company specialising in direct customer communications, and The Rouse Company, a North American property development company.
Claranet is a terrific company for many reasons; it is the right size – big enough to deliver and invest where needed, but not too big - decisions are taken quickly and implemented to the benefit our customers and staff. It’s got great people with a real passion for technology and what it can do. We have a terrific customer-base from which to build our business further, supported by a very sound strategy. I believe that the IT Services market is ripe for the integrated network, hosting and application management services we offer today and are developing.
Michel Robert, Managing Director, Claranet UK
Managing Director, Claranet France
Olivier is the newly-appointed Chief Marketing Officer for the Claranet Group, which he holds alongside his existing role as MD of Claranet France, dividing his time equally between both roles.
Artful was acquired by Claranet in 2005, and Olivier joined the Claranet Group. In March 2007, he became COO of the Claranet Group, and then in October 2009, Managing Director of Claranet France.
Olivier gained a Master of Science in Computer Sciences from EPITA, Paris in 1993, and his MBA in 2005 from ESCP Europe, Paris, France.
Managing Director, Claranet Germany
A computer science graduate (Dipl.-Inform.), Olaf joined Claranet Germany as Managing Director in February 2000, after extensive experience in the Internet industry with German ISPs germany.net and o.tel.o Communications.
I’m still passionate about what technology can do and I’m proud that customers can benefit from our knowledge and experience at Claranet.
Olaf Fischer, Managing Director, Claranet Germany
Antonio Miguel Ferreira
Managing Director, Claranet Portugal
Graduated in computer science engineering at INSA Lyon (France), António Miguel Ferreira established Esoterica, the first private ISP in Portugal in 1995, and has had a leading role in the Internet industry since. When Esoterica was acquired by VIA NET.WORKS Inc, Ferreira was appointed Operations Manager for South Western Europe.
The Internet Services industry has evolved tremendously over the past 16 years of my experience in this market. I am proud of being part of Claranet and proud that our managed network and hosting customers can benefit from our knowledge and experience.
Antonio Miguel Ferreira, Managing Director, Claranet Portugal
Managing Director, Claranet Spain
A PhD of the University of Barcelona and a former research fellow of the University of California, Carles Acero has worked in the Internet industry almost since its inception.
Claranet’s culture is based on the continous improvement of processes, technology and people. This is key to the success of our business and ensures our customers benefit from our experience and knowledge. After 10 years of working at Claranet, I am really proud of belonging to this company.
Carles Acero, Managing Director, Claranet Spain
Managing Director, Claranet Benelux
After eight years at BT – serving, amongst other roles, as the Service Operations Director at BT Business in London – Wiebe took over as Operations Director at Claranet UK in 2012. The extensive experience he gained there saw him rise to the position of Managing Director of Claranet Benelux on 1 September 2015.
It’s a great challenge to lead Claranet Benelux. The team has recently been performing fantastically, and their successes have been widely recognised and acknowledged. I’m looking forward to further building on the team’s accomplishments, and to play a leading role in the further evolution of Claranet.
I’ve had the chance to help with the growth of Claranet UK, where I ran the Operations department, maintaining complex network and IT solutions for our clients. This knowledge and experience is going to be key for my new role at Claranet Benelux, where a personal approach and a high level of customer satisfaction is what we stand for as a company. It’s not for nothing that our mission is to 'help our customers do amazing things'."
Wiebe Nauta, Managing Director, Claranet Benelux
Managing Director, Claranet Italy
Fabrice graduated from Novancia Business School, and went on to pursue a career mainly focused in the IT field. Fascinated by innovation and specializing in complex sales, he has created several companies, including Diademys, which specialized in hosting applications in the cloud. In 2016, Diademys joined the Claranet Group and Fabrice became the Founder and Managing Director of Claranet Italy.