Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Digital Realty launches search for new Chief Operating Officer



Current COO, who has also worked at CoreSite and Equinix, is due to leave by mid-September.

One of the world’s largest data centre operators, Digital Realty, has been left without a Chief Operating Officer (COO) after the current COO handed in his resignation.

Jarrett Appleby, current Chief Operating Officer of Digital Realty. Source: DR

Jarrett Appleby, who joined Digital Realty in April 2015, is now due to effectively leave his role on September 15, 2017.

Consequently, Digital Realty has initiated a search for a new COO. The company said it “expects to retain a leading executive search firm to assist with the search”.

While the search is on course, members of Digital Realty’s management team will assume Appleby’s duties in the interim until a successor is identified.

Appleby’s role includes being responsible for the operator’s corporate strategy and global operations, , including property and technical operations, design and construction, EMEA and APAC operations, and product management and development.

Prior to joining Digital Realty, Appleby served as the CEO of the Appleby Group, an independent consultancy advising private equity and technology firm, which he was also the founder of.

Previously, he was COO of CoreSite Realty from 2012 to 2014, and Chief Marketing Officer of Equinix from 2008 to 2012.

Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein, said: “On behalf of the entire Digital Realty team, I would like to thank Jarrett for his service to the company and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

“As Digital Realty’s first Chief Operating Officer, Jarrett helped to launch and advance several important initiatives, such as expanding and standardising our global product offerings in addition to streamlining our property and technical operations to drive operating efficiencies, all while maintaining and extending our track record for ‘five nines’ of uptime to a 10th consecutive year.

“As we search for his successor, we are looking for someone who will be able to build upon this solid foundation and further enhance our global operating platform to meet our customers’ growing and evolving needs for data centre solutions.”