Data Economy is proud to run for the first time the “Americas 50”, showcasing the 50 personalities who are leading data centres, cloud, edge computing and data through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, sheer investment or business acumen, or exceptional entrepreneurial skillsets.
CEO – AWS
American businessman Andy Jassy heads the world’s largest public cloud provider, Amazon Web Services. A graduate from Harvard Business School, Jassy first joined Amazon in 1997, just three years after the company was created. He has been the CEO of AWS since 2016 and has led the expansion of the cloud computing business in and out of the USA.
President & CEO – HPE
Antonio Neri has been with HPE for 23 years having been appointed CEO in 2017 following Meg Whitman’s resignation. He is responsible for the development and delivery of enterprise technology solutions and services that make Hybrid IT simple and power the Intelligent Edge. Neri graduated from Escuela Nacional de Educación Técnica in Argentina and attended the Universidad Tecnólogica Nacional. He is also a Professor of Drawing and Painting.
CEO, Co-founder & Chairman – Box
Aaron Levie launched Box in 2005 with CFO and co-founder Dylan Smith. He is the visionary behind the Box product and platform strategy. Levie leads the company in its mission to transform the way people and businesses work so that they can achieve their greatest ambitions. He has served on the board of directors since April 2005. The executive attended the University of Southern California from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to found Box.
CEO – Digital Realty
Bill Stein has over 30 years of leadership experience at a wide variety of companies. Before joining Digital Realty in 2004, he was, for example, with GI Partners, Digital Realty’s predecessor private equity fund. Prior to being named CEO in 2014, Stein served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer. The CEO also serves on the executive board of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and is a member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics (FCREUE) Policy Advisory Board. Stein has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science degree with Distinction from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
Chairman & CEO – Cologix
Over the past 20 years, Father has held a variety of executive leadership positions in the global communications sector across data centres, cloud services and software. In addition, he has served as a Senior Operating Partner responsible for communications infrastructure investments at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm specialising in North American infrastructure and the majority equity holder in Cologix. Fathers currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cologix and euNetworks.
CEO – SAP
McDermott leads SAP’s strong team of over 93,000 staff across the globe. He joined the company in 2002 and was appointed to the board in 2008 with the current term expiring in 2021. Since becoming CEO in 2010, McDermott’s innovation-led strategy for SAP has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value, and profitable growth. He resides in Germany, the United States, and, most frequently, at 39,000 feet.
CTO – Google Cloud
Brian Stevens is Vice President of Cloud Platforms, where he is responsible for leading product management of Google Cloud Platform. Brian joined Google from Red Hat, where he was Executive Vice President and CTO. Joining Red Hat in 2001, Brian helped guide Red Hat into the enterprise, with his responsibility for worldwide engineering spanning Linux, virtualization, storage, middleware and cloud. Brian began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Windows System.
CEO – Ascenty (Digital Realty)
Chris Torto founded Ascenty Data Centers & Telecommunications to focus on the growing need for Internet Infrastructure in Brazil and Latine America. The company was sold to Digital Realty for $1.8bn in 2018. Prior to Ascenty, Torto was the founder and CEO of Vivax, the second largest cable TV company in Brazil. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine and an MBA from Harvard University.
CEO – Flexential
Chris Downie leads Flexential with deep expertise in the economics, delivery and operations of the data centre and hybrid cloud businesses. He is responsible for setting and managing the strategic priorities that drive profitable growth. He joined the company in 2016. Prior to Flexential, Downie was the CEO of Telx Holdings. He has over 25 years of combined executive leadership experience in finance and operations. Downie holds a B.A. degree in History from Dartmouth College as well as a M.B.A. degree
in International Business from New York University.
CEO – Compass Datacenters
Chris Crosby is a recognised visionary and leader in the data centre space and has served as founder and CEO of Compass Datacenters since 2011. He has over 25 years of technology experience and over 15 years of real estate and investment experience. Previously, Crosby served as a senior executive and founding member of Digital Realty Trust. He was also Senior Vice President at Digital Realty Trust. Crosby received a B.S. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO – Zayo
Dan Caruso, avid investor, is the chairman and CEO of Zayo Group Holdings and as a founder of the business in 2007, he has led the company from startup to IPO. Today, Zayo serves more than 8,900 carrier, content and enterprise customers and generates $2.6B in annualized revenue.
Senior Director of Global Network Acquisition Group – Microsoft
Dave Crowley is a Microsoft Executive with a history of leading strategic teams and adept contract negotiations to include network infrastructure (Terrestrial/Submarine Cable Systems, Metro/Long Haul Dark Fiber, Lit Services), content distribution networks, data centre relations and design, as well as internet peering/transit. He is highly regarded by partners, customers and executive teams as a creative problem solver, skilled leader, key adviser and astute business development strategy leader.
CEO – Google Cloud
Diane Greene is one of the most accomplished North American executives and investors having founded giant cloud software company VMware in 1998, where she served as CEO until 2008. She joined the Google board of directors in 2012 and in 2015 she was named SVP of the cloud business. Greene received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree in Naval Architecture from MIT, and a second master’s degree, in Computer Science, from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Engineering – Netflix
Netflix is one of the world’s fastest growing data consumption websites with infrastructure expansion constantly needed to keep up with rapidly growing demand. Marsh is the company’s director of engineering and leads a team responsible for tools and systems used for continuous integration, delivery, and deployment to the AWS cloud by nearly all engineers in the company. She
holds a master of science degree in computer science from Michigan Technological University.
Co-Founder & CEO – ClearSky Data
Rubin is an experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record in leading strategy, market positioning and go-to-market for fast-growing companies. Most recently she was co-founder of CloudSwitch, a cloud enablement software company that was successfully acquired by Verizon in 2011. She began her career as a marketing strategy consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College.
President & CEO – CyrusOne
Gary Wojtaszek is the president and chief executive officer of CyrusOne since 2012, a global highgrowth REIT specializing in engineering, building and managing massive data centre properties. His career spans to over 20 years, having also served as CFO of Cincinnati Bell. Wojtaszek holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University. He also has an MBA from Columbia University.
CEO – Verizon Communications
Vestberg is one of the Nordics greatest ecutive weapons that took the US by storm having been named CEO of Verizon in August 2018. Previously, he served as Verizon’s CTO and president of Global Networks. Before joining Verizon in April 2017, Vestberg served for six years as president and CEO of Ericsson, a company he joined in 1991. Vestberg earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Uppsala.
President, CEO & Chair of the Board of Directors – MobiledgeX
Hoffman is considered one the architects of large-scale cloud computing, having led the development of container technologies, asynchronous, high concurrency runtimes, and converged server, storage, and networking systems. For over a decade, he was CTO and Founder of pioneering IaaS and software provider Joyent (now owned by Samsung). Most recently, he was CTO for Digital Services at Ericsson, where he led a 30,000-person unit responsible for the company’s multinational cloud and data centre infrastructure business.
CEO – CenturyLink
Jeff Storey is President and CEO of CenturyLink and most recently served as President and COO of CenturyLink and, prior to that, was CEO of Level 3 Communications. He has held numerous leadership positions in his 30-year career, including serving as President and CEO of WilTel Communications and
President of Leucadia Telecommunications Group. Storey holds an undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics from Northeastern State University and a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from Southern Methodist University.
Chairman & CEO – TierPoint
Kent is a recognized entrepreneur and trailblazer in the telecommunications and technology industries with an outstanding track record for customer service and delivering superior returns for investors. Prior to assuming the role of TierPoint’s CEO, he served as its chairman. He also serves as CEO of Cequel III, which he co-founded in January 2002.
President – Vmware Brazil
José Duarte has been working in the technology sector for 25 years and before joining VMware he worked for Telecom Itália’s subsidiary TIM for 13 years. He graduated from UNESA in computational science and underwent a master’s in business management with the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), including an MIT extension for “Driving Strategic Innovation – Achieving High
Performance Throughout the Value Chain”. He is now responsible for driving VMware’s business in one of the fastest growing markets in the Americas.
Manuel D. Medina
CEO – Cyxtera Technologies
Manuel D. Medina, serves as the CEO at Cyxtera Technologies and he is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Medina Capital. Medina has more than 30 years of experience as a highly successful businessman with expertise in areas including technology, finance, international business, and government contracting. He has a track record of successfully raising funds across the entire capital structure during periods of rapid change in the macroeconomic environment and raised over $1bn for companies, significantly increasing value and providing growth to enterprises through all types of economic climates.
Chairman & CEO – Salesforce
A pioneer of cloud computing, Benioff founded Salesforce in 1999, which is now a Fortune 500 company with more than 30,000 employees. He has received numerous industry recognitions for his work including by Forbes, Fortune and Harvard Business Review. He is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Board of Trustees. Before launching Salesforce, Benioff spent 13 years at Oracle Corporation, where he was the youngest vice president in company history. He holds B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. In 2014, USC awarded Benioff an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
COO – OpenStack Foundation
Collier has spent his career working on technologies that disrupt industries, from “a computer on every desk”, when he worked at Dell in the 90’s as a product manager, to the digital music shift as Senior Director of Business Development at Yahoo! Music, to the cloud computing era, where as VP of Business Development at Rackspace he led the effort to embrace an open source development model and build an ecosystem and community around it, resulting in the founding of OpenStack in 2010. In 2012, he started the OpenStack Foundation, along with Jonathan Bryce.
CTO – Microsoft Azure
Spanish-born Mark Russinovich is Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s global enterprise-grade cloud platform. Mark is a widely recognised expert in distributed systems and operating systems. He co-founded Winternals Software and joined Microsoft in 2006 when it was acquired. He is the primary author of the Sysinternals tools and website, which include dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities.
CEO – Oracle
Hurd joined Oracle in 2010, bringing more than 30 years of technology industry leadership, computer hardware expertise, and executive management experience to his role with the company. He manages corporate direction and strategy at Oracle, facilitating company activity in consulting, sales, marketing, alliances and channels, and support. Previously, Hurd served as chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president of HP. Hurd graduated from Baylor University in 1979, earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
CEO – Carter Validus
Drawing upon his 20 years of real estate finance and investment finance experience, Michael A. Seton believes in challenging the status quo and specializes in identifying untapped potential. At Carter, Seton is responsible for all strategic and day-to-day activities of the Advisors, including acquisitions, capital market activities, asset management and operations across the portfolio which includes data centre properties. Carter Validus is behind the creation of Digital Realty. Seton received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman & Co-CEO – Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners
Dorrell is a Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since its founding in 2011. He has 20 years of experience investing in infrastructure, and prior to forming Stonepeak was a Senior MD in Private Equity and co-head of the infrastructure investment group at Blackstone. Dorrell has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Co-founder & COO – CloudFare
Canadian entrepreneur Michelle Zatlyn moved to the US with the idea of studying chemistry and later received an MBA from Harvard Business School. Before founding CloudFare with two other business partners in 2009, the executive worked for Toshiba, Google and launched two other startups. Today, CloudFare, a web performance and internet security unicorn, is one of Silicon Valley’s biggest cloud successes with a valuation of $1bn.
Miles Loo, Jr
EVP – Newmark Knight Frank
Loo is well recognized in the industry as a leading appraiser of data centre properties in North America. His experience includes advising private equity funds, institutional investors, large pension funds, Fortune 500 companies, cloud companies and Global IT conglomerates on investments in every type of data centre, including mission critical disaster recovery data centres; colocation facilities, carrier hotels, internet gateways and life science properties throughout the North American, APAC and EMEA regions comprising more than 55.0 million square feet of rentable space and 25.0 million square feet of technical/raised floor space. He joined Newmark Knight Frank’s Valuation & Advisory in 2017 in the Downtown Los Angeles office, where he serves as executive vice president and is global lead, Valuation & Advisory, for NKF’s Data Center Solutions Group.
CMO – ION Investment Group
A global leader and executive in technology for over 20 years, Pearson excels in delivering results, creating new business opportunities and establishing strong brands to help drive digital transformation. She has been responsible for the integration of over 38 software acquisitions, and is an expert and industry speaker on cloud computing, cognitive business and digital disruption. She has helped launch many early-stage strategic solutions into globally recognized brands including Linux, Watson, IBM Cloud, WebSphere, Tivoli and others. Pearson holds a B.A. in psychology/human relations from Pace University, an M.S. in adult education/human resource development from Fordham University and an M.M. in market management from the Columbia Business School.
Nelson A. Weinstein
VP & Chief Accounting Officer – 365 Data Centers
Weinstein has over 25 years of senior financial executive experience in a range of industries including manufacturing, defence, construction and software related consulting. He has many years of experience as a CFO in private equity portfolio companies including a Carlyle company. Before joining 365 Data Centers, he was CFO of Torrent Resources, Inc. His core skills include administration of legal matters, human resources and risk management. He has also successfully managed large recapitalisations and merger and acquisition transactions. Weinstein received a Bachelor of Science in Business from New York University.
President & CEO – CoreSite
Paul E. Szurek has served as President and CEO of CoreSite since September 2016 and as a CoreSite director since September 2010. Prior to joining CoreSite he served as Chief Financial Officer of Biltmore Farms, LLC. Szurek has previously served as CFO of Security Capital Group Incorporated, a publicly traded real estate investment, development and operating company with extensive REIT engagement. Szurek received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin.
Peter van Camp
Executive Chairman -, Equinix
Peter Van Camp was appointed as Equinix’s chairman in April 2007. Prior to this position, Van Camp served as CEO and as a director since May 2000 and as president since March 2006. In addition, in December 2005, he was re-elected as chairman of the board, having previously served in that capacity from June 2001 to December 2002. From January 1997 to May 2000, . Van Camp was employed at UUNET, the Internet division of MCI (formerly known as WorldCom), where he served as president of Internet markets and as president of the Americas region. During the period from May 1995 to January 1997, Van Camp was president of Compuserve Network Services, an Internet access provider. He has proved to be a pillar of stability at Equinix and helped guide the company into becoming the world’s largest data centre operator.
Co-Founder & CEO – DH Capital, LLC
Hopper is the Co-Founder and CEO of DH Capital, LLC and has led the firm since its’ founding in 2001. During the past 15 years Peter has been central to establishing the firm as the preeminent advisory practice in the data centre, cloud and managed hosting sector where DH has advised on transactions totalling more than $10.4bn. Peter has led many of the firms’ largest M&A transactions including advising Telx in its $1.89bn sale to Digital Realty, advising Softlayer on its $450m sale to GI Partners, advising Latisys on its’ $675m sale to Zayo and advising Cervalis on its $400m sale to CyrusOne. He is a graduate of Lehigh University where he received a BS degree in Finance.
VP, Data Center Strategy and Development – Facebook
Peterson has guided Mark Zuckerberg’s global data centre infrastructure forward for the last five years to power the world’s largest social media platform with more than 2.2 billion users. Her duties include site selection, leased data centre portfolio, energy strategy and procurement, and data centre financial reporting and management. She has been the main face at Facebook when announcing the company’s multi-billion Dollar hosting builds. Prior to joining Facebook, Peterson held a variety of roles at Google and Cisco Systems.
CEO – EdgeConneX
Brouckman has over 30 years experience in telecommunications, software and data centres. Prior to leading EdgeConneX, Randy served as a Partner and Entrepreneur in Residence at the telecommunications Development Fund (TDF). He has served as CTO, COO and CEO at several successful public and private enterprises, including BSG Clearing Solutions, Telispark, Wireless World Solutions and Iridium. He leads today the edge computing revolution at EdgeConnex, with expansion projects across the globe. Brouckman has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Ricardo Alário Arantes
CEO – Odata
Arantes has over 18 years of experience in the TMT sector, having led some of the most prolific Latin American companies in the sector including Intel Capital, Eccelera e Latintech Capital. At Intel, he took to the role of director and was directly involved in over 30 transactions across telecommunications, media and IT in LATAM. He leads today Brazil’s Odata, a leading data centre player who has also partnered with American CyrusOne. Arantes has an MBA in Public Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.
Richard D. Celder, Jr
President & CEO – GTT
“Rick” D. Calder, Jr. is GTT’s president and CEO, appointed by GTT’s board of directors effective May 2007. He has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications arena. In his role, Calder has full strategic and operational responsibility for the company and also serves as a director on the company’s board of directors. He has led the company through much of its expansion and has become a crucial part of the board in pushing GTT into the edge computing era and helping to connect thousands of people and businesses worldwide. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Founder & Executive Managing Director – GI Partners
Magnuson founded GI Partners in 2001. He is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Digital Realty Trust. Magnuson has investment responsibilities for, and currently serves on the boards of Flexential, Far Niente Wine Estates, and CenterPoint Properties Trust. He previously served on the boards of Duckhorn Wine Company, SoftLayer Technologies, STAG Industrial, Waypoint Homes, The Linc Group, Sunset Gower Studios, ViaWest, as well as Glenborough Realty Trust. He is a charter member of the San Francisco Bay YPO chapter and an active member of the Hoover Institution at Stanford.
Founder & CEO – Switch
Rob Roy is a recognised world leader in data centre ecosystem design, development, and mission critical operations. In the year 2000, with a background in business leadership, engineering, commercial development and technology, Roy converged his areas of expertise to create Switch in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since founding Switch, inventrepreneur Rob Roy has transformed the way data centre ecosystems are engineered and utilized. As the chief inventor and designer of Switch data centre facilities and their technology solutions platforms, Rob Roy is widely considered the data centre industry’s most successful technology entrepreneur. He owns more than 500 issued and pending patent claims for data centre systems, designs, and related industry technologies.
CEO – Open Compute Project Foundation
Bullock offers more than 40 years of experience in the technology industry, with expertise in professional services, systems integration, product design, new product introductions, technology development, sales, operations, manufacturing and logistics. He has held executive and senior manager positions at Dell, IBM, Digital Equipment, Pitney Bowes, Arvato, Quanta, Gateway, Sony OIA as well as several start-up and growth companies. Bullock earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and has served as CFO of OCP since early 2012 and was named as CEO in 2015.
CEO – OVH US
A veteran technologist and chief executive to software and cloud businesses with more than 25 years of experience, Russell P. Reeder joined cloud company OVH US from icitizen, where, as president, CEO and co-founder, he led the creation of a software platform to increase civic engagement. He has a history of building businesses that achieve successful exits, including acquisitions with LibreDigital to RR Donnelly and Media Temple to GoDaddy. Reeder specialises in leading high-growth, disruptive businesses that marry a customer-centric vision and strong technology innovation – ranging from his enterprise software experience at Oracle to ebooks, IPTV, and web hosting.
Co-Founder and Partner Emeritus – Francisco Partners
Prior to founding Francisco Partners in 1999, Sandy was the founder and Chairman of Robertson, Stephens & Company, a leading technology investment bank which was formed in 1978 and sold to BankAmerica in 1998. Since the sale, he has been an active technology investor and advisor to several technology companies. Sandy was also the founder of Robertson, Coleman, Siebel & Weisel, later renamed Montgomery Securities, another prominent technology investment bank. Sandy serves on the board of directors of JustAnswer, Pain Therapeutics (PTIE) and salesforce.com (CRM)
GM – IoT Devices, Edge Computing, Machine Learning at the Edge AWS
In his more than 20 years of experience, Yadav has led many business transformations with demonstrated success in identifying new opportunities, launching innovative products and services, and driving business growth. At AWS, he leads the global product, engineering, and P&L for the IoT, IIoT Devices and Edge Computing and Machine Learning at the Edge businesses.
VC & Private Equity Advisor/CEO – Antara Group
Caulfield is a results-oriented, global business executive who thrives in challenging situations where a growth driver and turnaround architect is needed. For the last 20 years, he has been deeply involved in the field of information technology for companies providing enterprise-class data centre services (cloud and colocation) and managed services. He holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and a BA from Clark University in Worcester, MA.
Chairman, President & CEO – IBM
Since becoming CEO in January 2012, Rometty has led IBM through the most significant transformation in its history, reinventing the company to lead in the new era of AI, blockchain, cybersecurity and quantum technologies, all delivered on IBM’s enterprise-strength cloud platform. Today, IBM is the world leader in AI and cloud computing for business, underpinned with trust and security. Rometty has a Bachelor of Science degree with high honours in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University. She also has an honorary degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
President & CEO – Iron Mountain
Meaney is president and CEO of Iron Mountain and serves as a director on the company’s board. He is an expert in records management, data backup and recovery, document management and more. He previously served as CEO of The Zuellig Group, a $12bn primarily business-to-business conglomerate based in China – Hong Kong S.A.R. that saw sales triple during his tenure from August 2004-March 2012. Prior to leading The Zuellig Group, Meaney spent a number of years in the airline industry. Meaney’s first career was as a CIA operations officer. He is a member of the Asia Business Council, and he holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Principal Engineer, Data Center Architectur – LinkedIn
President and Chairman of the Board, Open19 Foundation Bachar is a principal engineer in the global infrastructure and strategy team for LinkedIn, which is responsible for the company strategy for data centre architecture and implementation of the mega scale future data centres. He drives and supports the new technology development, architecture, and collaboration to support the tremendous growth in LinkedIn’s future user-base, data centres, and services provided. Prior to LinkedIn, Bachar was the leader and architect for Facebook data centre networking hardware. Bachar is a contributor to the PCI standard and several IEEE standards. He holds six approved US patents in the networking and system design areas and three Cisco pioneer awards.
President & CEO – NetSuite
Nelson is an accomplished software industry executive and visionary with more than 20 years of leadership experience. His career began with executive positions in marketing, sales, product development and business strategy at some of the most influential and innovative technology companies, including Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and McAfee. While at McAfee he helped lead the company’s expansion into the network management arena with the $1.4bn acquisition of Network General. CEO of cloud computing NetSuite since 2002, Nelson led the company’s successful IPO in 2007 and its rise from startup to a slate of over 6,600 active customers. Nelson holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.
The final 50 personalities listed were selected based on a range of credentials, including expertise and experience, reach and overall footprint and achievements.
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