DANTE announces new Chief Network Operations Officer


DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) has today announced that Mark Johnston has been appointed Chief Network Operations Officer, where he will be responsible for the delivery and operation of the pan-European GÉANT network and its services.

He succeeds Marian Garcia-Vidondo, who leaves DANTE after 13 years to pursue other opportunities.

Mark joins with over 20 years of telecommunications experience in managing operational teams to design, plan, build and operate network infrastructure and network-centric services. He was previously leading the 500Gbps GÉANT Network Migration Project, on a consultant basis with DANTE.

​Matthew Scott and Niels Hersoug, Joint General Managers, DANTE, said: “DANTE is driving networking excellence in Europe and across the globe. We needed someone to continue handling the increasing challenges of research and education networking and Mark’s extensive experience will futher develop improvements throughout our operational processes and workflow.”

Mark Johnston said: “I am delighted to be part of such a talented team providing world-class technologies that are making a real difference to research and education. I look forward to the innovation challenges around supporting an increasingly data-driven environment.”

Mark has an Electrical and Electronic engineering undergraduate degree and a Masters in Business Administration.



DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) is a non-profit organisation established in 1993 that plans, builds and operates large scale, advanced networks for research and education. On behalf of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), DANTE has built and operates GÉANT, a flagship e-Infrastructure key to achieving the European Research Area.   
Working in cooperation with the European Commission and in close partnership with Europe’s NRENs and international networking partners, DANTE remains fundamental to the success of global research collaboration.

DANTE manages research and education (R&E) networking projects serving Europe (GÉANT), the Mediterranean (EUMEDCONNECT), Sub-Saharan Africa (AfricaConnect), Central Asia (CAREN) regions and coordinates Europe-China collaboration (ORIENTplus). DANTE also supports R&E networking organisations in Latin America (RedCLARA), Caribbean (CKLN) and Asia-Pacific (TEIN*CC). For more information, visit    www.dante.net


GÉANT is the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs). Together we connect over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe, supporting research in areas such as energy, the environment, space and medicine.

Operating at speeds of up to 500Gbps and reaching over 100 national networks worldwide, GÉANT remains the largest and most advanced research and education network in the world.

Co-funded by the European Commission under the EU’s 7th Research and Development Framework Programme, GÉANT is a flagship e-Infrastructure key to achieving the European Research Area – a seamless and open European space for online research – and assuring world-leading connectivity between Europe and the rest of the world in support of global research collaborations.

The network and associated services comprise the GÉANT (GN3plus) project, a collaborative effort comprising 41 project partners: 38 European NRENs, DANTE, TERENA and NORDUnet (representing the 5 Nordic countries). GÉANT is operated by DANTE on behalf of Europe’s NRENs.   


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