Centersquare: Spencer Mullee Heads Up Evoque-Cyxtera Merger

Who is Spencer Mullee, CEO of the new Centersquare data centre brand? We examine the new Brookfield merger of Evoque and Cyxtera to expand colo strategy

US data centre firms Cyxtera and Evoque are rebranding under a new name: Centersquare.

Having been acquired by investment firm Brookfield last year, Cyxtera is now being combined with Evoque to offer 400MW of capacity across 

Cyxtera was acquired by Brookfield last year and is being combined with the investment firm’s other data centre company, Evoque, to offer 400MW of capacity across 1.9 million sq ft (176515 sqm) of space, in addition to 200MW of potential expansion capacity.

Evoque CEO Spencer Mullee has been appointed CEO of the new combined unit. With more than 25 years of experience managing data centres in the US and internationally, he will continue to focus heavily on the data centre, colocation and telecommunications sectors.

Spencer Mullee: Propelling the data centre industry forward

As a data centre and real estate developer and investor, Spencer Mullee has been associated with more than 100 data centre and technology assets. These total more than six million square feet with a replacement value of more than US$5bn.

Spencer started his career as a technical trainer after receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, before becoming involved with data centres in 1999.

Initially, he was the co-founder and senior director of Telegis Networks, Inc., a Cisco Systems venture capital backed data centre company. Here, he oversaw site selection, negotiated contracts for lease or purchase, procured power and telecommunications services and designed, entitled and/or constructed retail and wholesale data centre projects.

In the 2000s, Spencer was the founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Board of Directors for DCI Data Centers in the Asia-Pacific region, before becoming CEO. DCI Data Centers is a Blackstone portfolio company.

At DCI Data Centers, Spencer was responsible for leading the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategy to create greater shareholder value. Additionally, he was responsible for daily, short and long-term goals for the business, including development, construction, leasing and operations of both retail and wholesale data centres.

Until April 2023, Spencer was the President and CEO of his own data centre consulting company, Via Lago Investments, LLC. Here, he focused on secure industrial technology, data and communications infrastructure.

Speaking on the recent merger, Spencer comments: “The birth of Centersquare is more than a name change. It’s a reflection of our commitment to deliver enhanced capabilities and innovation.”

“By combining the strengths of two industry leaders, we’re poised to provide unparalleled service, ensuring our customers benefit from increased capacity, diverse options, more flexibility, and unmatched reliability backed by our experienced team.”

Brookfield continues to set its sights high

Brookfield formed Evoque in 2019 after acquiring AT&T’s data centre and colocation assets. At the time, it operated multiple facilities across the United States and now holds ten. As of 2024, the company’s data centre portfolio consists of DCI Data Centers in Asia-Pacific, Data4 in Europe and Compass Data Centers in North America, as cited by Data Center Dynamics.

“With this launch, we bring to the market 320MW in over 50 data centre locations, and an additional 100MW of near-term under-roof expansion areas, under the Centersquare banner,” says Udhay Mathialagan, Chairman of the Board at Centersquare and CEO of Global Data Centers at Brookfield Infrastructure. 

“Rapidly building up this scale showcases our platform’s ability to partner with management to increase capacity, both organically and inorganically, to meet the diverse and growing demands of our customers.”

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