CyrusOne, Cincinnati Bell's (NYSE: CBB) data center and managed service provider unit, has named IT and telecom veteran Michael Duckett as its new COO.
As one of the latest C-level executives to be recruited to help grow CyrusOne, which competes in an increasingly competitive space, Duckett will oversee its day-to-day operations while finding new ways to expand its customer base and new product offerings.
He comes to CyrusOne with plenty of experience overseeing data center businesses, having most recently served as the COO of rival CoreLink Data Centers. Earlier as the former Senior VP of operations at Terremark Worldwide, now part of Verizon (NYSE: VZ), overseeing the colocation, hosting and network segments during a time when that company transformed itself from $50 million in revenue to over $300 million.
Duckett's appointment comes amidst a hiring surge at CyrusOne of data center executives, including former Microsoft Data Center Services general manager Kevin Timmons as their CTO.
Cincinnati Bell's bet on acquiring Texas-based CyrusOne continues to pay off every quarter, becoming one of its most profitable units.
In Q3 2011 alone, Cincinnati Bell reported a 26 percent increase in IT services and hardware sales, and an 18 percent increase in data center colocation revenue. For its part, CyrusOne sold 30,000 square feet of data space and 80,000 square feet of data space in the last 15 months.
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