Digital Realty appoints new CIO and CISO

27 September 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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Digital Realty announces the appointments of Edward Diver as chief information officer and Michael Montoya as chief information security officer.

In his new role Diver will report directly to CFO Andy Power and will be responsible for managing Digital Realty’s global IT operations, including both internal functions as well as customer-facing applications.

While Montoya reports to executive vice president of operations Erich Sanchack and in his new role will be responsible for overseeing Digital Realty's company-wide information security technology and programs and managing risks related to confidentiality, integrity and availability of systems and data. 

"Ed is distinguished not only by his superb technical skills, but also by his strategic leadership and ability to architect and execute transformational IT programs," said Power. "In addition, he has served on customer advisory boards for Microsoft, IBM, HP, Oracle and Sun Microsystems and is particularly well-suited to understand and meet the needs of our customers.  With his broad range of experience, Ed will ensure we continue to drive best-in-class technology solutions and capabilities for our employees and customers." 

Diver has more than 30 years experience leading global teams of technology professionals.  In that time he has overseen IT transformations at a number of Fortune 500 companies where he managed its international divisions of up to 700 employees and budgets in excess of $300 million across a number of verticals.  Prior to joining Digital Realty, Diver served as vice president of application services and Interim CIO at Blue Shield of California. For them he was responsible for the organization's architecture, applications, infrastructure, security, and operations organisations. In addition, he has also held leadership roles at Safeway, PeopleSoft, and Novell. 

"Michael brings a unique combination of operational and strategic expertise to his new role at Digital Realty and we're excited to welcome him to the team," said Sanchack. "Michael has extensive experience overseeing global, full-spectrum cybersecurity programs, including managing the demanding and complex requirements of hyperscale cloud providers. This experience will prove invaluable as he helps us to ensure our security resources are aligned to drive the success of our customers. His appointment further reflects Digital Realty's continued commitment to and investment in providing our customers a secure physical and logical environment." 

Montoya has held a number of executive leadership roles in the technology and cloud industries. Before his current position, he most recently served as chief cybersecurity officer at Microsoft, where he led security initiatives and operations for the development and delivery of Microsoft cloud security products and services. Prior to thos, he served as vice president of cloud and managed services at FireEye, where he led cloud-security operations and redesigned the company's global data centre infrastructure to improve performance and security. Additionally, has also served in leadership positions at EMC Corporation, Avanade and INC.