Monday, October 23, 2017

Former Amazon, Equinix manager joins Australia’s fastest growing data centre startup

New chief development officer has been tasked with helping expanding the company’s reach across APAC.

Hyperscale data centre services provider AirTrunk has appointed former Amazon and Equinix Paul Slaven to the role of Chief Development Officer.

Paul Slaven, AirTrunk’s Chief Development Officer

This is the company’s second major appointment in the last three months, following the addition of an Alibaba engineer to its ranks back in June.

Previously to joining AirTrunk, Slaven held the position of Senior Construction Manager at Amazon since early 2014. Prior to his time at Amazon, Slaven was Project Manager at Equinix.

Slaven’s delivered portfolio includes working within some of APAC’s largest facilities with responsibility for the development, design and construction of data centres from concept through to completion.

At AirTrunk, he has been tasked with building fast, innovative, high quality, cost effective and scalable solutions for its clients.

Reporting to AirTrunk Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mr Robin Khuda, Slaven will also be responsible for the identification and sourcing of properties across Asia Pacific for development as data centres.

He will, in addition, be responsible for the delivery of energy efficient designs, as well as the expansion and management of the construction of AirTrunk’s facilities throughout the region.

Khuda said: “Paul is highly motivated and joins us with extensive industry knowledge and experience which will make a significant contribution to our team. His role is critical to ensuring the delivery of our major construction projects, from site selection through to construction oversight and quality control.

“Additionally, Paul’s understanding of the customer’s perspective is fundamental to our business, ensuring we develop our facilities in a way that best supports our customer’s commercial objectives and growth requirements.

“Paul will join our recently appointed Technical Director Leo Chen from Alibaba group and combine their extensive market knowledge of site selection to support our business as it continues to grow and develop across the Asia Pacific region.”