Element Critical, a provider of tailored data center and IT infrastructure services backed by solutions engineering expertise – with data centers in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Northern Virginia, has announced the promotion of Wayne Dietrich to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Additionally, Element Critical has hired Ed Grundhauser to assume Sales & Marketing leadership responsibilities.
With diverse management experience spanning over two decades, Wayne Dietrich would bring valuable leadership to the Element Critical executive team during a period of rapid growth. As COO, Mr. Dietrich will lead sales and operations, in addition to directing day-to-day administrative functions.
Dietrich joined Element Critical in February of 2019 as their Chief Revenue Officer. Prior, he served as Chief Sales Officer at Cologix, while he has held various leadership roles at Ciena, Centurylink, Alcatel-Lucent, and AT&T Bell Labs. He would exemplify a keen focus on sales execution, business development, channel & strategic alliances, and technical operations.
“Wayne’s passion for the business and constant drive to achieve success is infectious,” said Ken Parent, CEO of Element Critical. “We are excited to have steady leadership at the operational helm as we continue to expand our colocation platform, broaden our customer base, and scale our business overall.”
Sales & Marketing Leadership
Additionally, Element Critical has hired Ed Grundhauser to assume Sales & Marketing leadership responsibilities and to collaborate with Mr. Dietrich to continue growing Element Critical. Previously holding a variety of Executive and Sales leadership roles at Netrality, CenturyLink, Equinix, Access IT, and Switch & Data, Grundhauser would bring significant industry experience and knowledge to the Element Critical team.
In his last position, Grundhauser served as Vice President of Sales at Netrality Data Centers, where he was responsible for developing and implementing Netrality’s data center sales architecture and strategy. Before Netrality, he served as the General Manager for Level 3 (now CenturyLink) and was responsible for over $110 million in annualized revenue. While at Equinix, Grundhauser served in a variety of sales leadership roles, including leading the National Accounts Enterprise Sales team.