Cologix, a network-neutral interconnection, data center and cloud exchange company, has named Bill Fathers Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Fathers succeeds founding father Grant van Rooyen.
Over the past 20 years, Bill Fathers have held a variety of executive leadership positions in the global communications sector across data centers, 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 specializing in North American infrastructure and the majority equity holder in Cologix. Mr. Fathers currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cologix and euNetworks.
“Cologix is a critical component of North America’s digital infrastructure,” said Bill Fathers. “Our combination of cloud & interconnection hubs, advanced switching fabric, and fiber networks positions the company to become the epicenter of new and emerging ecosystems while continuing to ride the wave of enterprise IT transformation and cloud adoption. This is an incredibly exciting time to be taking on this role and continuing to build out this industry-leading platform.”
VMware, Savvis, Telx
Prior to being appointed Cologix CEO, Mr. Fathers was most recently Executive Vice President (EVP) of Cloud Services at VMware and previously served as President of Savvis, a public data center and cloud infrastructure provider. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Telx, a leading cross-connection and colocation platform. Mr. Fathers holds a Master of Arts in Engineering from Cambridge University.
“We are pleased to welcome Bill to the Cologix management team,” said Brian McMullen, Cologix Director and Senior Managing Director of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. ” He has a well-established track record of delivering organic and inorganic growth across numerous communications infrastructure businesses and driving value creation for stakeholders. Bill’s deep sector knowledge and operating expertise in the data center space will be absolutely critical in helping to drive the next stage of growth at Cologix.”
Cologix provides scalable data center and interconnection solutions from 25 “prime” interconnection locations across 9 strategic North American edge markets.
“We would like to express our deep gratitude to Grant van Rooyen for his contribution since he founded the company,’ said Trent Vichie, Cologix Director and Co-Founder and Senior Managing Director of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors.”