Karl Strohmeyer joined Equinix in 2013 after 12 years at Level 3 Communications, where he was Group Vice President for the North American Enterprise Group. There, he was responsible for building and overseeing a sales force of more than 1,200 people generating approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Prior to this role, Strohmeyer led the Global Carrier Channel for Level 3 and managed sales teams responsible for more than $1B in carrier and service provider revenue. During his 12-year tenure at Level 3, Strohmeyer held several executive positions, supervising commercial services and large deal teams, overseeing customer operations and client service, and managing strategic relationships with other companies, including channel partners.
Prior to Level 3, Mr. Strohmeyer worked at NetRail, where he was first an executive vice president for operations—during which time he introduced four new products to market and was part of a team that raised $85 million in capital. Later at NetRail, he was an executive VP for corporate development, helping manage the sale of the company. Mr. Strohmeyer earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in international business administration from Mercer University.
Regional Operating Chief, Americas
Raouf Abdel joined Equinix in 2012 as Regional Operating Chief, Americas and is responsible for the region’s engineering, construction and IBX operations. Mr. Abdel has over 20 years of experience in the telecom, construction and energy industries. Prior to joining Equinix, Mr. Abdel was President and CEO for OpTerra Energy Group where he was responsible for building the company’s business plan, securing funding and day to day operations. Before that Mr. Abdel was President, Business Markets Group, at Level 3 Communications where he led the company's $1 Billion Enterprise business unit. Mr. Abdel also held numerous leadership roles at Level 3 in network deployment, product development and M&A integration. Prior to Level 3, Mr. Abdel served as VP of Network Deployment at MFS Communications and was responsible for network and facility deployment throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Abdel holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Eric Schwartz joined Equinix in 2006 and has played various senior-level management roles with the company. He spearheaded Equinix’s expansion to Europe, including the 2007 acquisition of IXEurope, and the ongoing integration of Equinix’s European operations into its global business. As President of Equinix Europe, Mr. Schwartz oversees the management, strategy, and growth for Equinix in Europe.
Mr. Schwartz came to Equinix from BellSouth where he was Vice President of IP Communications and led the development and implementation of advanced technologies including VoIP. Prior to joining BellSouth, he was Executive Vice President of Harold A. Dawson Company, an Atlanta-based real estate development company. Mr. Schwartz also is a former member of McKinsey & Co., where he consulted with telecommunications and financial services companies in the United States. and Asia on strategic issues.
Mr. Schwartz earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.
Eugene Bergen Henegouwen
VP of Sales, EMEA
Eugene Bergen Henegouwen joined Equinix in 2012 as vice president of sales for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Previously he was executive vice president and managing director of EMEA for Syniverse. Mr. Bergen Henegouwen, a Dutch native, has held top-level positions in high technology companies in the U.S. and the Netherlands, including serving as the CEO for Invention Machine Corporation, AVIO Digital Inc. and Philips Creative Display Solutions. Mr. Bergen Henegouwen has also held senior-level management positions with Philips Consumer Electronics, Philips Business Electronics and Philips Telecommunications and Data Systems. He holds both master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Managing Director, France
Michel Brignano joined Equinix in January 2007, bringing expertise from a wide range of commercial technology roles. His previous position was at Telecity, where he was the Country Manager for over five years. There he was responsible for strategy and market solutions for the French territory. Prior to this position, he had a number of commercial roles. He worked for Dell, Inc. from 1993 to 1997 as Chief of Sales and for UUNET as a Sales Director from 1997 to 2001, initially working for the France business unit and then operating across South of Europe.
Managing Director, Switzerland
Marco joined Equinix in 2010 bringing with him a wealth of experience in IT, Sales & Marketing and business management.
For six years prior to joining Equinix, he was the Managing Director EMEA at LSI where he was responsible for the Sales and Marketing organization of the Engenio Storage Group Division.
He successfully drove the expansion of the business into several growth markets, including Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Marco’s solid experience in Sales and Marketing is drawn from his previous roles including that of General Manager Indirect Channels and Managing Director Switzerland at Storage Tek and Customer Service Manager at Bull (Switzerland) AG.
Managing Director, The Netherlands
Michiel Eielts joined Equinix in 2009 and is responsible for IBX data centers in Amsterdam, Enschede and Zwolle. He brings over 20 years of experience in the Dutch IT and Telecommunications industry. Prior to Equinix, he worked at Nedstat, a European web performance and monitoring firm, where he held the position of Vice President of business development, and was responsible for the development and management of business alliances throughout Europe. Earlier in his career, he held several commercial and managerial roles in the regional management of KPN. He left as a General Manager to join the board of Telfort, a Dutch fixed and mobile operator. Amongst his responsibilities were the development and market introduction of new data (managed IP) and mobile services (Blackberry), the growth of corporate markets and the development of the mobile wholesale market. He also worked as Managing Director at BSC (subsidiary of Essent), a large call center outsourcing firm based in the Netherlands.
Managing Director, United Kingdom
Russell Poole joined Equinix as UK General Manager in April 2000, bringing with him nine years of experience in the UK telecommunications and Internet industries. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Poole was a director of MessageNet Ltd, an Internet security and messaging security provider. Responsible for sales and operations, he also led the development of e:)scan, Europe’s first e-mail virus and content control service. In October 1999, MessageNet was acquired by Articon-Integralis AG. Between 1993 and 1998, Mr. Poole was the National Sales Manager for General Telecom, the business telecom division of General Cable Plc. During this time, he grew the business from four sales people and £3m annual revenue to 35 sales people in three locations and £25m annual revenue.
Mr. Poole attended Nottingham University, where he studied production engineering. Following 12 months traveling, he commenced his managerial career at Coca-Cola and Schweppes where he enjoyed a successful career as a National Account Manager.
Managing Director, Germany
Donald Badoux joined Equinix in January 2014. Before joining Equinix he was Managing Director for Savvis and build up the Managed- and Cloud-Services Business in Germany. He was responsible for setting up the new organization, infrastructure, go to market strategy and closing new customer contracts.
Badoux worked in the IT and Telecommunications industry in various leadership roles at European level. He was Country Manager for euNetworks in the Netherlands. Prior to that he served as Vice President for Verizon Business Northern Europe managing the business in 8 European countries, where he was responsible for Sales and Marketing operations.
Badoux holds a Bachelor Degree in Telecommunications and lives in the Frankfurt area.
President, Equinix Asia-Pacific
Samuel Lee joined Equinix in 2000 and now serves as President of Equinix Asia-Pacific, overseeing the management, strategy and growth of the company’s Asia Pacific operations. Previously, he served as the Managing Director of Equinix Hong Kong, where he successfully led the Equinix Hong Kong team in building a strong position for Equinix in the financial services industry in Hong Kong.
Mr. Lee brings a wealth of experience in telecom and Internet services as well as expertise in startup operations. Prior to joining Equinix, Mr. Lee served as Managing Director of Pacific Gateway Exchange (PGE), a provider of wholesale and retail long distance, Internet, and bandwidth services. He founded Telekom Consulting Ltd., a consulting firm offering strategic assistance to network providers in the deregulated telecommunications market in Hong Kong and Asia. He also held management positions at Teleglobe International, Intel, and Sprint.
Mr. Lee holds a B.A. from City University of Hong Kong.
Managing Director, Equinix Japan
Kei Furuta joined Equinix with a wealth of international consulting and management experience in Internet and Telecommunications industry, particularly with a specialization in marketing and developing global services, investment in high-tech ventures, and advisory for many industry service providers. As the managing director for Equinix Japan, Mr. Furuta is responsible for the overall performance of Equinix’s operation in Japan.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Furuta held various executive positions in industry leading data center operators, an internet consulting firm and a mobile service provider. He also served as regional head at AboveNet and Sprint where he managed the operation in Japan and Korea. Mr. Furuta was also a founder of an engineering and consulting firm for energy-saving and environmental technologies.
Mr. Furuta started the first 15 years of his career at Marubeni Corporation, one of the leading Japanese trading houses where he held various management positions in global technology and telecom business development.
Mr. Furuta holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Waseda University, Tokyo.
Managing Director, Equinix South Asia
As the Managing Director for Equinix South Asia, Clement Goh is responsible for the overall performance of the Singapore IBX center. This includes increasing local and regional market share, profitability, and operational efficiency.
Mr. Goh has held a number of key positions in multi-national global technology companies and has been instrumental in ensuring the rapid expansion of the companies that he has served. Previously, he worked as Datastream’s Senior Sales & Marketing Director in Asia Pacific. Prior to Datastream, Mr. Goh was McDATA’s Field Program Director in Asia Pacific, where he drove business development in the region while strengthening relationships with technology giants EMC and Dell. Mr. Goh has also held leading positions at EMC Singapore, Oracle Systems Singapore and Agilent Technologies.
Mr. Goh holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical & Electronics from the National University of Singapore.
Managing Director, Equinix Australia
As the Managing Director for Equinix Australia, Tony Simonsen is responsible for the overall performance of the company’s IBX centers in Australia. This includes increasing local and regional market share, profitability, and operational efficiency.
Mr Simonsen has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the IT industry, having previously held a number of senior executive roles with companies such as Cisco and EMC.
Mr Simonsen joined Equinix in 2012 from global technology firm Pitney Bowes, where he was the Managing Director of Australia and also played a key role in building the Enterprise strategy across the Asia Pacific region. Over his time at Pitney Bowes, he was successful in driving transformational change in their mature markets and creating new revenue streams to enter new markets and ensure company sustainability.
At Cisco he led the Advanced Services business across the Asia Pacific region which played a key role in the adoption of new and advanced technologies into the marketplace. At EMC he led the Global Services function across the Australia and New Zealand territory. Key responsibilities were for Pre Sales, Consulting, Managed Services, Professional Services and Support.
Mr Simonsen has completed programs in Strategic and Operational Management at Sydney, New South Wales and Macquarie University along with becoming a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Managing Director, Equinix Greater China
With over 20 years experience in the ICT industry, Tam is responsible for the overall performance of the business and operations in Hong Kong, and leading the expansion of Equinix’s business in the China region.
Most recently Tam was General Manager of Data Centers at British Telecom (BT), where he was responsible for establishing the company’s Hong Kong data center operation and developing the data center and IT outsourcing services strategy. He also aligned the Asia Pacific data center plan with the global business strategy.
Prior to BT, he was the Chief Executive Officer of iAdvantage Ltd, managing the data centre business in Hong Kong and China. At iAdvantage, Tam was in charge of strategic planning, business development, sales and marketing, technical operations and customer support. In addition he led the Internet infrastructure services of the SUNeVision Group, the mother company of iAdvantage.
Before that Tam held management positions at Hutchison Telecommunications and Hongkong Telecom, where he was responsible for the technical development and operations of the telecommunications, Internet and electronic commerce services.
Tam holds a M.Sc. degree in Global Business from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a B.Sc. degree in Engineering from The University of Hong Kong.
Vice President of Sales, Equinix Asia-Pacific
Doug Oates has over 30 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry in Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa. Mr. Oates joined Equinix in May 2000 and currently has overall responsibility for Sales in the Asia Pacific region. As Vice President of Sales, Mr. Oates oversees the sales strategy, execution and growth of the region.
Prior to this role he was responsible for the Equinix Australian operation. Before joining Equinix, Mr. Oates was Carrier Services Director at Pacific Gateway Exchange, he helped establish the company’s wholesale operations in Australia, which included negotiating multiple interconnect facilities with carriers and building the company’s business base. Previously, he was General Manager of Sales for Global One. where he managed the company’s sales growth from start-up over a six-year period.
Mr. Oates holds a Diploma in Telecommunications.