Fogo Data Centers Appoints Bill Esslinger as CEO

Fogo Data Centers, a colocation and cloud hosting provider with data center facilities located in Carrollton, Georgia, New Orleans, Louisiana and Pensacola, FL, has announced that Bill Esslinger has joined its executive team as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors.

Bill Esslinger is founder and principal of Esslinger Tech Law, a consulting firm specializing in start-up and growth phase technology companies. Prior to founding Esslinger Tech Law, he served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. for 14 years

“I look forward to leading Fogo through this acceleration phase,” said Bill Esslinger, Fogo Data Centers’ new CEO.

Mr. Esslinger led Greenway’s  legal team and advised the company’s board of directors and management through six rounds of private financing and an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange, raising in excess of $150 million in the aggregate, as well as the successful $644 million acquisition by Vista Equity Partners in November 2013, which resulted in Greenway becoming a privately held company.

Fogo’s founders

Richard M. Haney, Jr., co-Founder of Fogo Data Centers, remains actively involved in management as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Edith F. Haney, co-Founder of the company, continues to serve on the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for the Company.

“I am excited about Fogo Data Centers’ relative market position in the exploding cloud hosting services industry,” said Bill Esslinger. “This company occupies an underserved, niche market as a local and regional provider. I look forward to leading Fogo through this acceleration phase, making the most of our talent, resources, and opportunities, and continuing to have a positive influence on the communities where we do business.”

Deborah Ingle Esslinger

Along with Mr. Esslinger, Deborah Ingle Esslinger, President of Esslinger Tech Law, has also joined the Board of Directors for Fogo Data Centers. She will bring a new perspective to the Board that would enhance the company’s evaluation of growth opportunities as well as its leadership development initiative.

Mrs. Esslinger’s expertise in software development and product management includes a wide variety of technology platforms and application domains, including a combined 15 years of experience at Georgia Tech Research Institute, where she designed, developed, and tested software systems in electronic defense and modeling and simulation domains, and Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc., where she developed the initial version of Greenway’s electronic medical record, led the PrimeSuite product management department, and founded other product lines during her tenure, including mobile and research products.