Data center specialist Equinix appoints ex-Verizon exec as CTO

Equinix has appointed Ihab Tarazi as CTO.

Global data center specialist Equinix (NASDAQ: EQIX) announced that it has appointed Ihab Tarazi as chief technology officer (CTO).

Tarazi joins Equinix from Verizon where, as vice president of Enterprise Network Services, he was responsible for product strategy, life cycle management, technology and development for Verizon Network products including IP, Ethernet and transport to support retail and wholesale customers. He also recently served as chairman for the Metro Ethernet Forum.

In his new role, Tarazi is responsible for Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) network operations and platform strategy for next generation technology, and contributing to the company’s cloud computing initiatives.

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“Equinix is a forward-thinking company focused on staying ahead of market trends to deliver leading interconnection services to our customers around the world," comments Steve Smith, CEO and president of Equinix. "Ihab’s depth of technology experience and vision will further enhance the customer experience for the more than 4,400 companies that leverage the Equinix platform.”

Tarazi began his career at MCI where he held various executive positions in network planning and engineering and led the expansion of enterprise services globally to Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering and telecommunications from the University of Maryland and his M.S. in telecommunications management from Southern Methodist University.

“I am pleased to join Equinix at what is a very exciting time in the company’s history," comments Tarzai. "As chief technology officer, I look forward to furthering Equinix’s mission of protecting, connecting and powering the digital economy by cultivating a rich interconnected ecosystem of the world’s leading businesses.”

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