Equinix taps Level 3 alum Strohmeyer to head Americas division

Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) has named Karl Strohmeyer as president of its Americas operation where he will be tasked with the management, strategy and growth plan for the region.

Karl Strohmeyer

Strohmeyer (Source: Level 3)

Strohmeyer is best known for the roles he served in during his 12-year stint at Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT).

He most recently served as group VP for the North American enterprise group, one that generated about $2.5 billion annually. Earlier he led Level 3's Global Carrier Channel. In addition to Level 3, Strohmeyer served as the EVP of operations for NetRail and held various positions at BellSouth.

"Karl has a proven track record in managing large scale organizations and has experience with both enterprise and service provider markets--important customer segments for Equinix," said Steve Smith, CEO of Equinix, in a release.

Hiring Strohmeyer comes at a time when Equinix has been aggressively growing out its presence in the Latin American market, particularly in Brazil.

Through its ALOG subsidiary that it purchased in 2011, the service provider built a second International Business Exchange (IBX) in Rio de Janeiro. Known as RJ2, the new center will enable it to more rapidly respond to customers that are either extending their presence in the region or making a move there.

Strohmeyer is the second of two high-profile telco executives to join the Equinix team in recent months. The data center provider lured Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) Ihab Tarazi to the CTO post in late October.

For more:
- see the release

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