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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.
Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas
Peter Galanis joined Equinix in 2014 and maintains overall responsibility for sales in the Americas region, including North America and Latin America. Joining Equinix from Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Galanis brings more than 20 years of enterprise technology sales experience to the company. While at HP, Mr. Galanis held several senior sales positions, most recently vice president of sales for the enterprise group. In this role, Mr. Galanis led the Americas global account organization for HP’s enterprise group, an organization focused on financial services, manufacturing, technology, energy, distribution, retail, and healthcare. Prior to that, Mr. Galanis held previous leadership positions inside HP, including vice president of HP, Canada. As a member of the Americas senior leadership team, Mr. Galanis was responsible for HP’s enterprise operations in Canada, including sales, marketing, alliances, human resources, finance and legal.
Prior to his tenure at HP, Mr. Galanis also held senior sales positions at McAfee and StorageTek.
Mr. Galanis holds a degree in management from Simpson College in Iowa, and an MBA from the University of Iowa’s Henry B. Tippie College of Business.
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, 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.
Managing Director, France
Regis Castagne joined Equinix in September 2014 as Managing Director for France. Prior to Equinix, Castagne worked for Interoute as General Director for France and Switzerland. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with more than 20 years’ experience in the telecom and financial markets. He previously served as commercial director at Standard & Poor's and at GL Trade (Sunguard) for the European market, general manager for southern Europe publishing house Trema (Wall Street Systems), head of BT Radianz for EMEA, and Commercial Director of BT Global Services for France. He began his career at Sybel (Sage), before moving on to American Express. Castagne graduated from INSEEC Bordeaux.
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.
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 Australia
With over 14 years’ experience in the ICT industry, Deutsch is responsible for the overall performance and expansion of Equinix’s business and operations in Australia.
Deutsch was promoted from Sales Director in May 2014. In that role he was responsible for executive customer relationship development, leading the sales team to deliver customer wins and revenue growth. He also managed collaboration between teams and across regions to deliver Platform Equinix to customers.
Prior to Equinix, Deutsch was General Manager Products at Unwired, managing product strategy, alliance partnerships and user experience delivery.
Before that, Deutsch was a Solutions Architect and Product Manager at Pihana Pacific which was acquired by Equinix in 2002. Deutsch was responsible for supporting all aspects of the Pihana sales process and managing the product life cycle for existing and new products.
Deutsch holds a Bachelor of Economics and Information Systems from the University of New South Wales.
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 China
As the Managing Director for Equinix China, Sainti Li is responsible for the overall performance of China’s business and operations, and demonstrating how Chinese companies can leverage their data center services in China for global expansion.
Li has more than 30 years of technical support, sales and marketing, product management, business development and general management experience in the information and communications technology industry. During this time, he worked for global companies such as IDT Telecom, AT&T, IBM, Fujitsu-ICL and Siemens Nixdorf.
Most recently Li was the director of Australia retail sales, where he was responsible for international voice calling products for the consumer segment and launched a new consumer product and distribution platform called Boss Revolution.
Prior to IDT, he spent over 15 years at AT&T Asia-Pacific and IBM China-Hong Kong, focused on global network and selling data center outsourcing services to global multinational companies.
Li holds a higher certificate in Electronics Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a certificate in Computers and Telecommunications from City & Guilds of London Institute. He is also a certified Novell Netware Engineer.
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.
Managing Director, Equinix Hong Kong
With over 20 years experience in the ICT industry, Tam is responsible for the overall performance of the business and operations in Hong Kong.
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.