FOSTER CITY, Calif. -- Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the leading provider of network-neutral data centers and Internet exchange services, today announced that Stephen M. Smith has been named chief executive officer of the company, effective April 2, 2007. As the company announced in October 2006, Peter Van Camp, Equinixs chairman and CEO since 2000, is transitioning to the role of executive chairman and will remain actively involved with the company.
Smith, 50, is a 19 year industry veteran and recently served as senior vice president of HP Services, the $15 billion professional services segment of HP. Before joining HP, Smith served as vice president of Global Professional and Managed Services at Lucent Technologies. He has also held various management and sales positions, including chief sales officer, president of EDS Asia-Pacific, and president of EDS Western Region, during his 16 years with technology services giant Electronic Data Systems Corporation. Smith had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army, where, among other roles, he was aide-de-camp to the office of the commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. Smith graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.
Steve possesses exactly the broad leadership skills and experience needed to continue to expand our strong market leadership position: broad knowledge of the global technology industry; a total commitment to customer success; and a deep appreciation for the importance of team and culture, said Van Camp. Im confident Steve will serve Equinix customers and shareholders well. In my new role, I expect to continue to spend 50% of my time at Equinix and I very much look forward to working closely with him at a strategic level to take the company forward.