Savvis CEO Ousley steps down, company expands APAC operations

Jim Ousley, the CEO of Savvis, CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) data center and cloud subsidiary on Thursday announced that he will retire from the company on April 1.

Jim Ousley, Savvis

Ousley (Image source: CenturyLink)

Ousley was named Savvis' chairman and CEO in March 2010. In January, he received a one-year extension to his employment contract.

When CenturyLink consolidated its business and government segments into two common groups last March, Ousley took on an additional role as president of the service provider's Enterprise Markets Group (EMG).

Taking over Ousley's day-to-day duties will be Jeff Von Deylen, who will retain his title as the President of Savvis, and will begin reporting directly to Glen Post, CEO and President of CenturyLink. Von Deylen, a seven-year Savvis veteran, became the president of Savvis last November.

In related news, Savvis has appointed new leaders to drive growth in its cloud and managed hosting in three key Asia Pacific markets: Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The service provider named Osamu Numata as country manager of Japan, and Tan Teng Cheong as country manager for Singapore and Hong Kong.

Osamu comes to Savvis with over 30 years of technology industry experience, most recently serving as HP's director, enterprise services sales in Japan, while Teng Cheong joins Savvis from Motorola Solutions, where he served as director, enterprise strategic accounts, South East Asia.

In addition to the United States and Europe, Asia Pacific has been a growth target for Savvis. Throughout the past year, the service provider has expanded its data facilities and cloud offerings in Hong Kong, Japan, and Tokyo.  

CenturyLink's purchase of Savvis in 2011 has proven to be the right entry for the telco to become a major player in the cloud and colocation space.

Driven by ongoing growth in colocation and managed hosting services, CenturyLink's Enterprise Markets – Data Hosting division, which mainly consists of its Savvis operations, reported that Q4 2012 revenues rose 12.7 percent year-over-year to $292 million.

For more:
- here's Ousley's release
- and the APAC release

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