About us

Business Principles

We drive efficiency for a sustainable future

IslaLink holds its customers and investors in the highest regard. This respect for those who help lay the Company’s foundation has driven us to operate under the following key principles

We build and operate neutral and independent infrastructures for the development of the Digital Economy.

We seek mutually beneficial relationships. We never compete with our customers.

We seek operational excellence, robustness and competitiveness in our infrastructures and services.

We strive to minimize the impact of our investments and operations on our environment.

Fiera Infrastructure

Fiera Infrastructure is a leading investor across all subsectors of the infrastructure asset class. Led by a team of highly experienced and specialized professionals, we leverage our strong global relationships and rigorous approach to investment and asset management, in combination with Fiera Capital’s excellence in portfolio management and personalized investment solutions. Our uniquely diversified funds recognize the exclusive characteristics of this alternative asset class, while optimizing governance and alignment with investors.

Fiera Infrastructure acquired IslaLink in July 2018. For further information on Fiera Infrastructure, please visit www.fierainfrastructure.com.

Board of Directors

Luis Álvarez Satorre

Chairman

Luis is an experienced global business leader with deep understanding of how innovation through digital technologies can transform businesses. Author of Amazon Best Seller book: “Becoming a 3DCEO”, about what it takes to be a CEO in the digital age.

Currently he is CEO of SIA, a leading cybersecurity company, part of Indra in addition to Chairman of Islalink. He has spent over 30 years in leadership roles. Ex-CEO of BT Global Services, he has previously worked for Ericsson, IBM and Santander Group.

He is member of EJECON as VP for Engagemen. He is also acting as strategic advisor and investor into several leading start-ups and to Private Equity firms.

Luis graduated with a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Politécnica, Madrid. He completed his business education in Tuck University, IMD and ESADE.

Jason Cogley

Managing Director

Jason leads deal origination and execution, and contributes to asset management in Europe. He is based out of Fiera Infrastructure’s London office in UK.

Jaime Galobart

Director

Jaime Galobart has ample experience in finance and infrastructure projects, mainly renewable energy. In addition to serving as independent Director to IslaLink Jaime works as advisor to renewable energy and other infrastructure investors.

Jaime was CEO of Renovalia Energy for 11 years, one of the leading independent groups in renewable energy with over 1GW of projects built. Prior to his role in Renovalia Jaime worked in the banking industry for over 20 years serving as CEO for HSBC Bank in Spain and Portugal, Head of Treasury and Capital Markets in Midland Montagu, Executive  Financial Engineering Group at Citibank and several roles as executive in corporate and Treasury & Capital Markets in Lloyds Bank.

Jaime holds a BA in Business Administration from Franklin& Marshall College (Lancaster PA) and attended CEDEP Cycle 57 INSEAD (Fontainebleau).

Esther Garcés

Director

Leading Business Digital Transformation and Strategy programs for the last three decades in the ICT market, with experience in Europe and Latin America. Leading Growth Strategic Plan of IslaLink since 2016. Prior to joining Islalink, Esther was RICOH Major Accounts Director and AMPER General Manager for Europe, Africa and Asia. Partner and pioneer at Everis, (NTT Group). Project leader at Latam for Telefonica early stages expansion. 

Co-founder of EJE&CON, an association that gives support to female executive and board positions, she participates in different programs to promote STEM vocations among girls. 

Education: Master in Telecommunication Engineering from Universidad Politécnica Madrid and business degrees from INSEAD, IESE and ESADE. Corporate Governance Certificate. 

Alina Osorio

President Fiera Infraestructure

Alina Osorio is responsible for leading Fiera Infrastructure and overseeing the firm’s investment, asset management and finance teams

Management Team

Esther Garcés

CEO

Leading Business Digital Transformation and Strategy programs for the last three decades in the ICT market, with experience in Europe and Latin America in multinational companies like Telefónica, Rioch, Amper or Everis.  Education: Master in Telecommunication Engineering from Universidad Politécnica Madrid and business degrees from INSEAD, IESE and ESADE. Corporate Governance Certificate. 
Joan Moya

CTO

 

Experience: 15 years in telecommunications networks operation and maintenance (Servicom2000, RSL)

Education: Telecommunications Engineer (UIB- Spain)

Teresa Mendoza

CFO

Experience: Executive with more than 20-year in finance planning, controlling and CFO roles in the banking and technology businesses

Education: Degree in Economy (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) – Master in Tax (CEF) and AMD (IESE)

Salvador Martinez

Business Development Director

Experience: 13 years in telecommunications networks planning and operation (Servicomm2000)

Education: Telecommunications Engineering (UPV – Spain), executive MBA (IESE)

José Casado

Business Development Director

International Executive with +35 years of ICT Experience including P&L at Telcos, vendors roles, as well as Senior consulting advisory.

Former Nokia Chief Strategist – Digital Transformation. Large FTTX expertise including Management of millions households deployment in EMEA.

He’s worked for Telefonica, Philips, Hispasat, Level (3) Communications, Du, STC, Nokia, Orange, Vodafone.

He’s a Professor at MBA schools of Laws, and Human & Science Technology.

Education: Master in Telecommunication Engineering from Universidad Politécnica Madrid and business degrees from INSEAD, and IE University. 

Ricardo Rodrigo

Business Development Director

Experience: 24 years in the Telecommunications industry: Alcatel (Nokia), British Telecom Education: Electronic Engineering – ENSEEIHT (France), PDG – IESE (Spain)
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History

Led by founders Alfonso Gajate, Ross Mullins and Bruce Raw, IslaLink deployed a submarine cable between the Peninsula and Mallorca named BalaLink.

Since then, IslaLink has:

  • Developed, deployed and operated the CanaLink system until 2013 (together with the Cabildo de Tenerife that is now the 100% owner of the system)

  • Set up the OranLink project in Marseilles and jointly developed the ORVAL Cable (Orval-Valencia cable, with a branch to Algiers) from 2011 to 2017.

  • Developed the EllaLink system from 2011 until 2017.

In May 2021, IslaLink has announced the construction of the IONIAN Submarine System that will connect Italy and Greece.

IslaLink has been previously owned by leading infrastructure funds, notably Cube Infrastructure and EQT Infrastructure; since 2018, IslaLink is owned by Fiera Infrastructure, a leading investor across all subsectors of the infrastructure asset class.

For further information on Fiera Infrastructure, please visit www.fierainfrastructure.com.

2001: Laying of BalaLink

2011: Laying of CanaLink

2011: POP in Marseilles in service – OranLink project

2012: Loukkos branch

2018: Mallorca Ring

2018: Fiera Infrastructures acquires 100% of IslaLink

2021: Announcement of IONIAN