Equinix names company veteran as Americas president

18 June 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Global interconnection and data centre company Equinix has announced the appointment of Jon Lin as president of its Americas group.

The 10-year company veteran will be responsible for regional management, strategy and growth plans for Equinix in the Americas, including its existing operations in Brazil, Canada, Colombia and the US.

“I look forward to working with our world-class Americas team to continue to deliver and improve on the successes of Equinix to date,” said Jon Lin, president of Americas at Equinix.

“We have a unique opportunity at this time of business transformation, and Equinix is well-positioned to continue its leadership as companies continue to adopt hybrid multi-cloud as the IT architecture of choice.”

Lin, who was most recently VP of Americas regional corporate development, steps up into the role previously held by Karl Strohmeyer, who had served as Americas president from 2013 and was named chief customer and revenue officer in mid-March alongside other appointments for Sara Baack and Eric Schwartz.

In his former role, Lin led the Americas regional strategic planning and was a leader in the one of the company’s largest transactions: the $3.6 billion acquisition of 29 data centres from Verizon in 2017. Lin also managed the integration of the Verizon data centre assets into Equinix, with a special focus on supporting the company’s federal strategy development. In 2018, he also played a major role in the acquisition of Infomart Dallas.

Prior to joining the Equinix corporate development team, Lin was senior director of Regional P&L, managing the Equinix Americas Southeast region.

Lin joined Equinix in 2009 as Director of Innovation, where he focused on identification and development of current and future products and helping drive the initial formation of Equinix’s platform strategy. He was then promoted to director of corporate strategy, where he was instrumental in the development of Equinix Cloud Exchange (ECX), which remains the foundation of the company’s core interconnection services.

Before joining Equinix, Lin served as director of the advanced solutions group at Tata Communications for two years. He also worked in a number of roles at Verizon Enterprise Solutions for eight years, including product strategy, sales and consulting services.

The news comes April’s announcement that Equinix named Eugene Bergen Henegouwen as its new president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).