Compass Datacenters hires Sudhir Kalra as Senior Vice President of Global Operations

Sudhir Kalra

Compass Datacenters has appointed Sudhir Kalra as Senior Vice President of Global Operations, a new role responsible for operations of the company’s domestic and international data centres.

Kalra joined Compass from Morgan Stanley, where he was Executive Director, Global Head of Enterprise Data Centres.

He joined Morgan Stanley in 2007 as Global Head of Engineering and migrated in early 2008 to join, and head its newly-formed enterprise data centres unit.

In that role, he led a team with more than 350 people and an annual budget of hundreds of millions.

“Sudhir’s addition to our leadership team is another significant hire for Compass. Our continued growth requires a cohesive, scalable global operations strategy, and there is no better person for that job than Sudhir,” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass Datacenters.

“Under Sudhir’s leadership, we intend to expand our leadership in solving issues related to existing industry labour shortages and talent gaps through continuing to combine the use of data analytics, technology and best practices from multiple industries into our operational processes and procedures.

“Sudhir will be instrumental in our efforts to eliminate the potential for operator error by continuing the enhancement of our automated checklist software, developing new predictive maintenance capabilities and cultivating new sources of talent through our work with multiple organizations representing the veteran community.”

Prior to Morgan Stanley, Kalra was Director, Corporate Real Estate and Services – Global Head of Engineering and Critical Systems, at Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for mission-critical support of a real estate portfolio comprised of over 30 million sqf.


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“I am excited about joining Compass and working with its well-respected leadership team to help the company realise its vision for global growth,” said Kalra.

“The data centre industry is changing rapidly to support what companies and consumers will need over the next decade, and I feel strongly that Compass has the right strategy and the right approach to data centre design, construction and operations to be the true market leader.

“I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with this team and support Compass’ vision, and I hope to leave a lasting legacy through the work we are doing at this important moment in the industry’s history.”

He began his career in technical roles at Securities Industry Automation Corporation supporting mission-critical operations for the NYSE and American Stock Exchange.

“We are extremely excited to bring Sudhir on board,” said Jared Day, President and CFO of Compass Datacenters.

“He brings extensive engineering and operational experience in high-growth, global data centre environments, which will make his leadership so valuable as Compass continues to add campuses and build data centres in the United States and internationally.

“Sudhir’s history of process development and enhancements aligns with our emphasis on continuous improvement to benefit our customers, while his discipline around change management ensures that mission-critical remains at the forefront.”

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