Former Equinix VP Joins IXcellerate

Former Equinix VP joins Russian data centre giant's advisory board

15 November 2019 | Abigail Opiah

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This is the second advisory board that Frank Hassett has joined, as last month saw the former Equinix VP of Infrastructure EMEA welcomed by Lamda Hellix.

Hassett has joined IXcellerate’s Advisory Board to assist in hyper-cloud delivery projects, and is a veteran of the global data centre industry with 30 years of experience in the area of IT construction and operations.

He spent most of his career with Equinix, working up to the position of VP EMEA Data Centre Infrastructure, from the early days of the European start-up IXEurope, through to its sale for $555m to Equinix in 2007.

IXcellerate’s CEO Guy Wilner, held the CEO position of IXEurope plc for just under ten years back in 1998, and moved on a year after the company was acquired.

During Hassett’s career, he has designed, developed and delivered more than 55 data centre sites across almost 200 project phases in 25 cities across 16 countries, with a portfolio size of more than 1300 MW worth $5bn.

“I have been following IXcellerate since its foundation in 2010 and I sincerely admire the perseverance and professionalism of its entire team,” said Hassett.

“In this company, there are no people indifferent to their work. For them, the quality of service is above all. I am very happy to be part of this team, and to help the company address the challenges of stellar growth over the coming years.”

Currently, Hassett is the managing director of a consulting company Global DataCentre Design Ltd.

“Russia is the biggest Internet market in Europe. Deep understanding of customer needs including the growing issue of compliance, as well as profound industry knowledge make IXcellerate the true gateway to Russia for global enterprises seeking to access this fast-growing market,” said Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate.

“We are working hard to maintain our position as first independent in the market, and are sourcing the best minds in the global IT industry to reach this goal.

“We are honoured by Frank’s presence on our Advisory Board. His vast experience, innovative thinking and team-oriented will be a great asset.”