Karen Kesner appointed as Chayora EVP and head of Americas

23 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Chayora, the Hong-Kong-based data centre infrastructure company, has named Karen Kesner as head of Americas and executive vice president.

In her new role, Kesner will lead multiple aspects of Chayora’s go-to-market and growth acceleration plans which includes strategic partnerships, marketing, branding and communications for China entry and expansion.

In addition, while based in Palo Alto, Kesner will also become member of the executive leadership team while reporting directly to Oliver Jones, CEO of Chayora.

“Karen will leverage her customer facing experience to significantly raise awareness of Chayora’s capabilities in China with international cloud services, telecommunications and technology customers,” said Oliver Jones, co-Founder and CEO of Chayora. “Her expertise in developing the channel, alongside her strategic focus, expands our focus within the US market and makes her an excellent addition to our team.”

To the role, Kesner brings over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, having held a senior positions across sales, alliances and business development at number of world’s leading IT businesses for such companies as Tata Communications, CenturyLink and Oracle, to name a few.

“I am thrilled to join the talented leaders at Chayora,” adds Kesner. “It is an exciting time for American technology firms to build high value access in China’s fast-growing cloud-computing digital economy. Chayora is in a unique position to help these firms build critical operations infrastructure in one of our fully licensed data centre campuses in key locations across China.”

At the start of the year, Chayora completed the first phase of its TJ1 data centre at its 300MW hyperscale campus in Beichen, northern Tianjin. The TJ1 facility will house 3000 to 3600 racks at 10kW average IT load per rack in six data halls, and is the first of a total of nine data centre facilities on the 300MW, 80-acre Chayora campus.