Executive Management

Stephen M. Smith

Chief Executive Officer & President

Stephen M. Smith joined Equinix in 2007 from Hewlett-Packard Co., where he served as Senior Vice President of HP Services. There he was responsible for management of the organisations Consulting and Integration, Managed Services, and Technology Deployment and Support business groups.

Prior to joining HP, Mr. Smith served as Vice President of Global Professional and Managed Services at Lucent Technologies. He has also held various management and sales positions during his 16 years with Electronic Data Systems Corporation, including Chief Sales Officer, President of EDS Asia-Pacific, and President of EDS Western Region. At EDS, his roles spanned sales, business development, operations, acquisition-driven integration, and the management of international growth. Mr. Smith also had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army where, among other roles, he was aide-de-camp to the office of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. Mr. Smith graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a B.S. in Engineering.

Charles J. Meyers

Chief Operating Officer

Charles Meyers joined Equinix in 2010 and has served as President, Equinix Americas. Previously, he was Group President of Messaging and Mobile Media at Verisign, holding P&L responsibility for the company’s entire mobile portfolio.

Prior to Verisign, Mr. Meyers held various executive positions at Level 3 Communications including Group VP of Global Marketing, President of IP and Data Services and SVP, Softswitch Services. During his tenure, Mr. Meyers helped Level 3 emerge as a premier global provider of Internet and VoIP services.

Mr. Meyers also previously served as a Principal with Kinetic Ventures L.L.C, where he focused on business opportunities across telecommunications infrastructure, broadband services, wireless and enterprise software. As Vice President and General Manager for Internet Security Systems, he was part of the company's successful IPO and championed the evolution of enterprise solutions through a managed services model.

Mr. Meyers held executive positions in operations, finance, and business development during his career with Bellsouth Telecommunications and Bellsouth.net, culminating with his appointment as President and Chief Operating Officer of that unit.

At Booz-Allen & Hamilton, he led the creation of world-class performance initiatives for technology and engineering clients.

Mr. Meyers earned dual masters degrees from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and McCormick Graduate School of Engineering. He also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Keith D. Taylor

Chief Financial Officer

Keith D. Taylor joined Equinix in 1999 and has served in a variety of roles, such as Equinix's Director of Finance & Administration, Vice President, Finance & Chief Accounting Officer, and now as CFO. Before joining Equinix, Mr. Taylor served as Vice President of Finance and Controller for International Wireless Communications, Inc., an operator, owner, and developer of wireless communication networks throughout Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining International Wireless Communications, Inc., Mr. Taylor was employed by Becton Dickinson & Company, a medical and diagnostic device manufacturer, as a Senior Sector Analyst for the diagnostic businesses in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Mr. Taylor holds a B.B.A. from Bishops University in Quebec, Canada, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mark Adams

Chief Development Officer

Mark Adams is a seasoned strategy and business development executive with 20 years of experience in high technology.  As Chief Development Officer, Mr. Adams is responsible for developing Equinix’s data centre and services strategy.  This includes developing strategic partnerships, leading Equinix’s investment and acquisition program and overseeing real estate development.  Mr. Adams is responsible for recent transactions in the US, Brazil and Shanghai. 

Prior to Equinix, Mr. Adams was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy for Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI), where he led a series of acquisitions and equity investments that launched EFI into digital inkjet printing. Mr. Adams was also VP Business Development at Adaptec where he led a major restructuring that included two acquisitions, five divestitures and several equity investments resulting in a 5X increase in Adaptec’s market capitalisation. 

In addition, Mr. Adams has founded and been CEO of four companies in wireless networking, digital music, IPTV, and a venture capital fund for direct investment in Indonesia.  He has invested in and advised over 20 start-ups and completed over 35 transactions. 

Prior to entering technology, Mr. Adams was with McKinsey & Company and GE Capital in the US, Europe and Asia.  He also worked at the World Bank.

 Mr. Adams has an M.B.A. with Distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.  He has travelled extensively, lived in five countries and completed transactions four continents.  He currently resides in Silicon Valley.

Sara Baack

Chief Marketing Officer

Sara Baack joined Equinix in 2012 as Chief Marketing Officer, and is responsible for the company’s overall global brand, product and service portfolio, industry analysis, communications and vertical market development. Ms. Baack brings to Equinix more than 20 years of strategic corporate experience, joining the company from Level 3 Communications, Inc., where she served in a variety of senior positions, most recently as Senior Vice President of Voice Services. In this role, Ms. Baack was responsible for strategy, product management, pricing and commercial support, interconnection/regulatory policy, vendor management, network planning and routing for the $1b business unit.  In addition to her career at Level 3, Ms. Baack also worked at PaineWebber Incorporated as Vice President of Principal Transactions where she invested proprietary private equity capital in the communications sector.

Ms. Baack holds a B.A. from Rice University and an M.B.A.  from Harvard University Graduate School of Business.

Peter Ferris

Sr. Vice President, Office of the CEO

Peter Ferris has held several senior-level positions with Equinix since July 1999 and was appointed Sr. Vice President of Global Partner Programmes and Strategic Customer Development in 2013. Prior to his current role, from 2010 to 2013, he served as Chief Sales Officer. From 2007 until 2010, Mr. Ferris served as President, Equinix U.S., where he was responsible for the strategy and growth of the company’s operations throughout the region. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President of Sales for Equinix. Mr. Ferris has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to Equinix, he held senior management positions at Frontier Global Center, Genuity and MFS Datanet. Mr. Ferris holds a degree in Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Pete Hayes

Chief Sales Officer

Pete Hayes joined Equinix in 2013 from Frontier Communications, where he was Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales & Support. There, he was responsible for building and overseeing an operation employing more than 1,400 people and generating more than $2 billion (£1.2 billion) in annual revenue. During his tenure at Frontier, Mr. Hayes developed multiple products, generating hundreds of millions of pounds in revenue and started three new business units while serving as part of Frontier’s senior leadership team.

Prior to Frontier Communications, Mr. Hayes spent 14 years with Microsoft. While at Microsoft, he developed the company’s worldwide strategy for enterprise customers and built the Federal business into a complete US Public Sector business. Mr. Hayes finished his tenure as Vice President, Public Sector, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA), where he was responsible for Microsoft’s $1.7 billion (£1 billion) business comprising government, education, health and non-governmental organisations across 53 Microsoft subsidiaries in the EMEA region.

Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Hayes worked at IBM in various sales, technical and management roles. He earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of South Alabama.

Howard Horowitz

Sr. Vice President, Global Real Estate

Howard B. Horowitz joined Equinix in 2005 with more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate acquisition, leasing, and development. Prior to Equinix, Mr. Horowitz was a Senior Vice President and Principal of Trammell Crow Company, where he led the company’s development and corporate advisory services group, specialising in mission critical facilities. Prior to Trammell Crow Company, Mr. Horowitz was President and Principal Broker of Telecom Realty Group, Inc., a Northern Virginia-based real estate consulting and brokerage company that represented major telecommunications and high-tech companies throughout the U.S. Mr. Horowitz is nationally recognized in the field of data centre site acquisition and development.

Sushil (Sam) Kapoor

Chief Global Operations Officer

Sam Kapoor joined Equinix in 2001 from WorldCom, where he held the position of Vice President of Hosting Operations and was responsible for the build-out and day-to-day operations of six hosting cetnres. Prior to the company's acquisition by WorldCom, Mr. Kapoor served as Vice President of Global Network Operations for CompuServe Network Services and was responsible for the engineering, implementation and operations for CompuServe’s worldwide network. Before joining CompuServe, Mr. Kapoor held the position of Senior Director of Telecommunications for over 10 years at Lexis-Nexis in Miamisburg, Ohio.

Mr. Kapoor holds an M.B.A. (Operations Research) from Miami University of Ohio and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Samuel Lee

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.

Brian Lillie

Chief Information Officer

Brian Lillie joined Equinix in September 2008 and has been focused on building business value through strategic and innovative product development and information technology initiatives. Examples include the design and building of global product portals such as the Equinix Customer Portal, Equinix Marketplace Portal, Equinix Ethernet Exchange Portal and the Equinix Internet Exchange Portal. In addition to product initiatives, Mr. Lillie has driven several global initiatives to improve internal efficiency and global scale, including sales force automation, enterprise resource planning, business analytics and acquisition integration. Mr. Lillie also leads the Global Solution Architects function, which is the leading global, strategic and technical resource within Equinix focused on solutions design that brings the network, application and data centre together for current and prospective Equinix clients.

Before joining Equinix in 2008, Mr. Lillie held several senior-level executive roles at VeriSign, including Vice President of Global Information Systems and Vice President of Global Sales Operations. Prior to VeriSign, Mr. Lillie was Senior Director of Enterprise Applications at Silicon Graphics (SGI), where he successfully implemented Oracle ERP globally, including throughout EMEA. Prior to these roles, Lillie held several leadership roles in the US Air Force, where he worked in space research and development, satellite operations and military computers and communications.

Mr. Lillie holds an M.S. in Management from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, an M.S. in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Mathematics from Montana State University.

Debra McCowan

Chief Human Resources Officer

Debra McCowan joined Equinix in 2013 from the Accelerance Group, where she was a co-founder and partner. At Accelerance, McCowan was responsible for providing her clients with organisational and systems change strategy consulting services, including leadership development and executive coaching, building high-performance and mission-critical teams and strategic talent management systems.

Prior to Accelerance Group, Ms. McCowan was Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources at Avago Technologies, where she developed the firm’s global HR capabilities and infrastructure, achieving best practices and redeveloping much of Avago’s global HR policies, work processes and people practices. After reconstructing the function, McCowan created a multi-year strategic human resources plan and a HR charter to standardise, globalise and drive improvements across the company’s HR function to ensure greater business coverage, support and alignment. She also led the development and deployment of a broad spectrum of HR programmes, policies, processes and systems, including a focus on compliance. Ms. McCowan held similar HR leadership positions with Hitachi Data Systems and Telstra Corporation. Ms. McCowan earned a postgraduate diploma in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and a B.A. in English Literature from La Trobe University (Australia).

Brandi Galvin Morandi

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary

Brandi Galvin Morandi joined Equinix in January 2003 and has served as Equinix's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since that time. Before joining Equinix, Ms. Morandi practiced in the corporate securities group at the law firm of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP (Gunderson Dettmer) in Menlo Park, California. At Gunderson Dettmer, Ms. Morandi represented public and private companies in a variety of debt and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions as well as providing general corporate public company representation. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Morandi held various positions in the field of public relations.

Ms. Morandi holds a B.A. in International Relations and Journalism from the University of Southern California and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Eric Schwartz

President, EMEA

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.

Karl Strohmeyer

President, Americas

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.

Ihab Tarazi

Chief Technology Officer

Ihab Tarazi is responsible for Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) network operations, platform strategy, leading the next generation technology and innovation function and contributing to the company's cloud initiatives.  He joined Equinix in 2013 from Verizon, where he was Vice President of Enterprise Network Services. There, he was responsible for product management, strategy, technology and development for Verizon network products. During his tenure at Verizon, Mr. Tarazi led planning and technology development for Verizon’s global IP network connecting customers in over 150 countries. He also led the design and development of next-generation optical and submarine cable systems driving many industry innovations in 100G optical technology globally.

Prior to Verizon, Mr. Tarazi worked at MCI Communications, first as a manager in Network Planning and Engineering and then as Vice President of Global Network Planning, where he was responsible for enterprise network planning and implementation for numerous global networks, as well as contract negotiations with domestic and overseas carriers. Mr. Tarazi earned a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Southern Methodist University and also earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of Maryland. He served as Chairman of the Board for the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), Chairman of the Board for the Southern Cross Submarine Cable System and a board member of the Australia Japan Submarine Cable System.

Brian Thomas

Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO

Brian Thomas joined Equinix in 2005 and during his tenure he has played leadership roles in management reporting, financial planning, business strategy and executive communications, at both the corporate and regional levels. In his current role, Mr. Thomas works closely with the CEO and Executive Team on key strategic, financial and operational areas of management.

Prior to Equinix, Mr. Thomas spent nine years as an investment banker with Citigroup and its constituent entities: Salomon Smith Barney, Wertheim and Schroders in London, Singapore, New York and San Francisco. As an investment banker, he advised startups, multinationals and private equity firms on a broad range of M&A and capital markets transactions in the Consumer, Health Care and Technology sectors.

Mr. Thomas completed the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business, received an M.Phil. in Economics & Politics of Development from the University of Cambridge and graduated with a B.A. in Economics & Politics from Willamette University. He was raised in Mumbai where he attended Cathedral & John Connon School.