Equinix names Charles Meyers as new president and CEO
12 September 2018 | Natalie Bannerman
Equinix has announced that its board of directors has appointed Charles Meyers to the position of President, chief executive officer and its board of directors, effective immediately.
Meyers takes over from Peter Van Camp, who has served as interim CEO since January 2018. Van Camp will resume his role as executive chairman of the Equinix board of directors. Van Camp assumed the role following the departure of former CEO Steve Smith, who left in January for what has been described as “exercising poor judgment with respect to an employee matter”.
“Charles is an outstanding leader who has been a major contributor to Equinix’s success over the past eight years, playing critical roles in the company as we have quadrupled in size, growing from $1.2 billion in revenue to the $5B plus we expect to generate this year,” said Van Camp. “Charles brings that rare combination of a world-class operator combined with a passion and drive for strategic innovation. These characteristics, and his proven track record of delivering value for our customers and our shareholders, make him an excellent choice to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead.”
Meyers enters the roles with a 25-year career in the technology industry including a number of executive leadership positions at leading telecommunications and IT companies. He joined Equinix in 2010 as president of Americas, during which time he lead the company’s largest operating region through a period of significant growth and strong operating performance.
In 2013, he was appointed chief operating officer at Equinix, where he headed up the company’s drive for global consistency, leading the global sales, marketing, operations and customer success teams. For the past 12 months, he has served as president of strategy, services and innovation (SSI), where he was responsible for the company’s product organisation and led the technology, strategy and business development teams driving the company’s next phase of growth and focusing on the future needs of customers and partners.
“I joined Equinix eight years ago to be part of a company with exceptional opportunity and a phenomenal team of employees and I am incredibly honoured and thrilled to now serve the company in the role of CEO,” said Meyers. “I look forward to partnering with my over 7,500 colleagues around the globe in service to our customers and partners as we expand our unmatched ability to help organizations drive their digital transformation agendas. The opportunity that lies ahead for Equinix is enormous and I am committed to driving our innovation, strategy and execution to become the trusted centre of a cloud-first world.”