Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR), a global provider of data center and colocation solutions, has announced that Michael Henry has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
Mr. Henry is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Rovi Corporation, a pioneering developer of cloud-based media technology headquartered in Santa Clara, California. He will join Digital Realty on April 13, 2015.
“The exchange and analysis of data is critical to all of our clients, and it is certainly critical for our employees,” said A. William Stein, Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “Michael’s outstanding talents as a transformational technologist and industry thought leader will accelerate Digital’s ability to unlock employee innovation across the company to directly benefit our clients.”
Mr. Henry will be based at Digital Realty‘s corporate headquarters in San Francisco and will report directly to A. William Stein, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
“Michael brings a strong track record of IT leadership and innovation from his experience at an advertising technology leader like Rovi and previous IT leadership roles at well-known stalwarts such as Ericsson and Applied Materials,” added Mr. Stein. “Michael will be well-positioned to guide our worldwide employee base to efficiently and effectively serve our clients’ needs through building best-in-class internal IT platforms and systems. He also brings a deep information security background, which is an increasingly critical feature of today’s IT landscape.”
Digital Realty Trust supports the data center and colocation strategies of more than 600 firms across its secured, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty’s clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.
CTO vs. CIO
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to join such an outstanding organization,” said Michael Henry. “I’ve spent the past twenty-five years developing high-performance teams and delivering consistent results, and I look forward to working with the rest of the executive team at Digital Realty to serve our incredible client base.”
As previously announced, Jim Smith will retain the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role and will remain responsible for Digital Realty‘s Portfolio Operations Group, which includes global property operations, technical operations, customer service, security and data center services functions.
The announcement follows the news that Digital Realty’s board of directors appointed Bill Stein as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and to the board of directors.