After a thorough selection process from candidates within the global and wide-ranging submarine telecommunications and power cable industries, the International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC), the world’s leading submarine cable protection organization, announces the appointment of its new General Manager (GM), Ryan Wopschall.
Active in the ICPC as a member-company representative and speaker since 2010, Wopschall brings to the organization deep knowledge and experience regarding the protection of submarine cables, which provide more than 97 percent of the world’s Internet, data, and voice connectivity. With 14 years of experience in marine survey, cable route engineering, and project implementation, he has worked on numerous projects in over 20 countries. Wopschall has presented many times at prominent industry conferences and holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Geology, plus a post-graduate certificate in Business Development and Management. He replaces Keith Schofield who stepped down from the role on 1st July.
Commenting on his new appointment Wopschall stated, ‘’We are in evolving times and that gives the ICPC the challenge and opportunity to evolve as well. I look forward to listening to the valuable guidance of the Members as well as providing leadership and growth to this global organization.’’
In his role, Wopschall will work closely with the EC, its legal and environmental advisors as well as lead the Secretariat team ensuring the ICPC’s goals and initiatives are carried out while maintaining the vision of the organization and promoting the importance of safeguarding submarine cables worldwide.
ICPC Chair Malcolm Eccles said, ‘’On behalf of the organization, we are very pleased to have Ryan on board. Having been involved in previous ICPC initiatives and outreach in the past, plus a vast background in the submarine cable industry, he is a great asset to the ICPC and its membership.’’