European Data Centre Association appoints MD

Jason McGee-Abe
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The European Data Centre Association appoints Nicola Hayes as managing director of the organisation as part of a long-term plan

Hayes is tasked with the day-to-day operations and will work closely with the chairman and board to ensure that its members are effectively represented and strategic objectives communicated and implemented.

The task of leading the association during the next period falls to the new chairman, Apostolos Kakkos, CEO of Lamda Helix, the Greek data centre operator together with a newly appointed board. The appointments were made during a June board meeting.

“In order to ensure the growth of the association and its relevance to operators of all sizes across Europe, it was determined that a managing director, independent of the member organisations, should be taken on,” said Kakkos on Hayes’ appointment.

“We are delighted to have Nicola on board. Her long history of working within the industry at both European and International levels as well as her experience of working with other national trade associations will prove invaluable to the long term success of the European Data Centre Association”.

The Association has added international operators Equinix and Digital Realty to its membership and board. Kakkos added: “The European Data Centre Association now has as members the three largest pan-European operators, all of whom fully support our updated aims and objectives and will play a large role in ensuring the association’s success and relevance to the industry, both commercially and politically”.

Equinix’s Michael Winterson, who was appointed to the Association board in June, said: “It has become increasingly obvious that there is a need for an industry body representing data centres across Europe. On a political level, whilst some counties have effective national trade associations working on our behalf, this isn’t always the case. Commercially, there is a strong argument for an organisation offering the dissemination of information; representation outside the continent; and a forum for discussion. Equinix is confident that the European Data Centre Association is strategically well placed to serve the interests of European data centre operators and I look forward to working with the organisation”. GTB