People moves across the data centre industry

From IXAfrica and Pulsant to Kao Data and Iceotope, here’s the latest big moves industry-wide
Snehar Shah

1. Snehar Shah

Job From: GM East Africa at Azuri Technologies

Job To: CEO of IXAfrica

“I am excited to build leading data centres in the region to accelerate the cloud and AI revolution”

With more than 25 years of expertise in investment, finance and business development with a particular focus on African markets, Snehar Shah has a strong history in the telecoms and consumer services markets, working for the likes of France Telecom/Orange and Telekom Kenya. Last year IXAfrica received a significant investment of approximately US$50 million in growth capital from Helios Investment Partners to accelerate the development of IXAfrica’s Nairobi campus.

Shareef Alshinnawi

2. Shareef Alshinnawi 

Job From: Director, Chief of Staff - Strategy and Emerging Business at Lenovo

Job To: VP of Strategic Accounts at Iceotope Technologies

Iceotope’s CEO David Craig said Shareef Alshinnawi’s “excellent career credentials” and his past in working for some of the world’s largest manufacturers of servers and storage makes him an asset to the global leader in precision liquid-cooling technology’s growing executive team, “bridging the gap between facilities and IT using language which is penetrable by all”.

Navinder Uppal

3. Navinder Uppal

Job From: Group Technology Director at JLA Group

Job To: CDO at Pulsant

Pulsant’s first CDO, Navinder Uppal brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Pulsant’s executive leadership team. CEO Rob Coupland said that Uppal will be “a tremendous asset to Pulsant” as the brand continues to pursue its ambitions in the edge infrastructure space. 

David Bloom

4. David Bloom

Job From: Founder & Non-Executive Director of Kao Data

Job To: Chairman of Kao Data

Taking a more active role at Kao Data, David Bloom is now involved in the strategic development of the company and supports its growth ambitions within the UK and Europe. 

Daniel Persson

5. Daniel Persson

Job From: Co-Founder and CEO of Gompute

Job To: Chief High Performance Computing Officer at atNorth

Daniel Persson’s appointment at atNorth follows the leading Pan-Nordic data centre services company’s recent acquisition of Gompute, a provider of HPC and data centre services that he co-founded in 2002.

Kristin Baker

6. Kristin Baker

Job From: VP Strategy & Business Development UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric

Job To: VP Industrial & Process Automation UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric

Having joined the team in 2011, Kristin Baker’s new role at Schneider Electric is dedicated to driving better efficiency in manufacturing organisations, reducing energy from production lines as well as the overall sustainability impacts.

Russell Poole

7. Russell Poole

Job From: Managing Director, UK at Equinix

Job To: CEO of Apto

Former Equinix MD Russell Poole now heads up Apto, new European hyperscale data centre provider, which was established with financial backing from investment manager Pimco.


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