23 April, 2008
Equinix appoints chief development officer Eric Schwartz as president of Equinix Europe
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today announced the appointment of Eric Schwartz to the post of president of Equinix Europe effective June 1, 2008. In this role, Schwartz will oversee the management, strategy and growth for Equinix in Europe, which currently includes 17 Internet Business Exchange (IBX®) data centers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and approximately 500 customers.
Schwartz, 41, currently serves as chief development officer of Equinix, where he leads the company's strategy, business development and network technology development. He spearheaded Equinix's expansion to Europe - including the 2007 acquisition of IXEurope - and the ongoing integration of Equinix's European operations into its global business.
“As chief development officer, Eric managed last year's successful acquisition of IXEurope, which has provided Equinix with a strong presence on the European continent and the ability to offer a single-source global solution for our customers,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “As we work to leverage the benefits of Equinix's global presence and to grow our operations in Europe, Eric's experience and existing relationships with our team in Europe position him well to help drive further success for Equinix in Europe.”
Schwartz fills the position previously held by Guy Willner, the co-founder of IXEurope. Willner and IXEurope co-founder Christophe du Buchet, who is also leaving his executive role with the company, will both continue to serve on the board of Equinix Europe.
“Guy and Christophe are pioneers in the data center colocation industry in Europe and have demonstrated strong leadership over the past nine years,” said Smith. “They have built a first-rate team and provided Equinix with a leading platform for growth in Europe for years to come. I look forward to continuing working with both of them on the Equinix Europe Board as we grow our operations in Europe.”
“Eric has been an important leader in the acquisition of IXEurope and in ensuring the smooth integration of the two companies, and I am delighted that he has assumed this new role,” said Guy Willner. “As president of Equinix Europe, Eric's leadership, knowledge and skill will serve Equinix well during this important phase of the company's growth. I look forward to continuing working with him in my role on the board of Equinix Europe.”
“We have worked on this strategic succession plan and the timing is now ideal as our European business is well positioned within Equinix's global operating framework,” said Christophe de Buchet. “I have worked closely with Eric and I feel that Equinix Europe could not be in better hands.”
Equinix is the leading global provider of network-neutral data center and interconnection services, offering premium colocation, traffic exchange and outsourced IT infrastructure solutions. Global enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and network service providers look to Equinix Internet Business Exchange (IBX®) centers for world-class reliability and network diversity. Equinix IBX centers serve as critical, core hubs for IP networks and Internet operations worldwide. With 39 IBX centers located in 18 strategic markets across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Equinix enables customers to reliably operate their mission-critical infrastructure on a global basis.