December 9, 2009
Equinix Appoints Kei Furuta as Managing Director in Japan
David Wilkinson, the Former Managing Director, Becomes Senior Director, Business Development for Equinix Asia Pacific
Tokyo, Japan, 9 December 2009 - Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that Kei Furuta has joined Equinix as the managing director for Equinix Japan K.K.. In this role, Furuta will be responsible for the overall performance of Equinix's operations in Japan, where the company currently operates two data centers. David Wilkinson, the former managing director for Equinix Japan K.K, will take on the new regional role of senior director, Business Development, Equinix Asia Pacific, to oversee the company's growing business from financial services companies in the region.
Furuta comes to Equinix with a wealth of experience, having held various executive positions with industry leading companies. He served as regional head at AboveNet and Sprint where he managed operations in Japan and Korea. He was also a founder of Energy Initiative Japan (EIJapan), an engineering and consulting firm for energy-saving and environmental technologies. Furuta started his career 15 years prior at leading trading company, Marubeni Corporation.
Wilkinson, in his new capacity as the senior director, Business Development, Asia Pacific, will lead the regional strategies and business development for Equinix Financial eXchange, to support the community of global capital market participants that locate within Equinix data centers to establish highly reliable and low latency connectivity. Wilkinson spearheaded Equinix's expansion to Japan and has built a strong team of professionals and foundation in Japan over the past seven years.
Equinix entered the Japan market in 2002. It is currently the third largest Internet Exchange in Japan via operating two International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in Heiwajima and Shinagawa, Tokyo, respectively. The two data centers, interconnected directly by Equinix's IBXLink service, serve as a major Internet exchange platform for the interconnection of enterprise, service provider and content company networks. Both local and foreign corporations entrust the highly secure infrastructure and network density of Equinix's Tokyo facilities to optimize network performance and efficiency.
“We are very committed to Tokyo as a strategic market for Equinix in the region. Kei Furuta will bring new vision and leadership to drive further success in Japan, while David Wilkinson assumes his new role to develop Equinix's positioning in the financial service market in Asia Pacific, including Japan,” said Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia Pacific. “Our proven business model, coupled with our local market expertise, ensures that our Japan customers will enjoy strong support within the country as well as at Equinix locations globally.”
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) provides global data center services that ensure the vitality of the information-driven world. Global enterprises, content and financial companies, and network service providers rely upon Equinix's insight and expertise to protect and connect their most valued information assets. Equinix operates 45 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers across 18 markets in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
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