Scala Data Centers, a leading Latin American platform for sustainable data centers in the hyperscale market, today announced that Mark Sanchez has been appointed as the company's new senior director of data center deployment.
Graduated in electronic engineering and with an MBA from DeVry University in the U.S., Sanchez is joining Scala's engineering and construction team after having worked for five years at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), where he managed teams and implemented data centers on five continents.
Headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil and founded by DigitalBridge, Scala Data Centers was developed to meet growing demand for digital access in Latin America. The company was founded in 2020 and has five data centers in operation, three on Campus Tamboré, the largest in Latin America, located in Barueri (São Paulo state, Brazil); one in São Paulo; and another in Campinas city. For 2023, the company plans to build 11 new data centers.
With direct responsibility for participating and leading teams in the data center design and project process, as well as site installation and implementing activities across Latin America, Sanchez will be based in São Paulo and joins Scala at a moment of accelerated growth.
The company has already invested more than R$ 6 billion in its projects in Latin America and expects to reach 500MW of distributed capacity over the next five years, it said in a press release, with operations in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile.
Sanchez has more than 20 years of mission-critical experience with 13 years dedicated to the data center industry, having participated in the deployment of more than 400MW of capacity worldwide. At Oracle, he worked on key projects to expand the cloud capillarity of the company, going from five to 40 regions when he held the position of senior manager of data center new region build in the company's US, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Africa markets. He was also principal technical program manager for data center build, responsible for infrastructure deployment and delivery in 10 countries, as well as the colocation, construction, and cabling teams.
Sanchez also served as a data center critical facilities engineer and special projects manager at McKinstry, and was a data center infrastructure engineer at DaVita. In Afghanistan, he served as a US Army service member, managing all the infrastructure connecting generators and air conditioning in bases located in desert areas.
"I am very happy to be part of a team with a pioneering and dynamic vision and performance in the colocation segment. In addition, being able to collaborate directly with the technical training projects that the company leads is another very attractive perk for me, as it is a professional goal I have and will certainly add to my trajectory."
Marcos Peigo, Scala's CEO and co-founder, said Sanchez's global experience brings to Scala Data Centers a solid background in mission-critical projects.
"It is an honor to have a professional as Mark on our team. These are decades of accumulated experience which will certainly bring another perk to Scala's successful trajectory. His invaluable knowledge of the hyperscale market will boost our customer-centric and premium approach.".