Digital Realty names Jeffrey Tapley as managing director, EMEA

06 August 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Digital Realty has appointed Jeffrey Tapley as managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

Tapley has served as interim managing director, EMEA since March of this year, assuming responsibility for the company’s operations in the region. Based in London, he will continue on in this role reporting directly to chief financial officer Andrew Power.

"The EMEA region is a key driver of our global platform, and Jeff's intimate familiarity with our business, customer-oriented mind-set, and tireless work ethic make him the right person to lead our growing EMEA platform," said Power.  "Jeff has been instrumental in driving our recent wins in the region and our investment in securing our supply chain in key metros as well as the recent investment in human capital supporting our customer coverage across western Europe.  I am delighted Jeff has agreed to lead the next phase of our growth in EMEA and I look forward to continuing to work with him to support our customers' digital ambitions across the region."

Before his promotion Tapley served as senior vice president of global portfolio management, senior vice president of global asset management and vice president of portfolio management at Digital Realty.  Prior to his joining the company, he also served as managing director at Fidelity Investments' Real Estate Group and Long Wharf Real Estate Partners.

"I am honoured to be accepting this role at such an exciting time for Digital Realty," added Tapley.  "I look forward to working with our customers and our teams across the region to ensure that Digital Realty is best positioned to execute our strategic expansion plans and support our customers' global growth." 

At the end of July, the company purchased land in Seoul, South Korea and Frankfurt, Germany, in order to build new data centres. The Seoul site will have 12MW of carrier-neutral data centre on a 2,000 square metres of land in the north-west of the city. In Frankfurt Digital Reality has taken on 137,000 square metres near the airport for a new campus.