Wholesale data center provider Digital Realty Trust announced on Tuesday it has named John Sarkis vice president of connectivity & carrier operations as part of its larger initiative to improve the company’s networking offering.
He joins two other senior executives that recently joined Digital Realty Trust, including senior vice president of sales Matthew J. Miszewski and senior vice president of technical operations David Schirmacher.
Sarkis will be responsible for overseeing the Company’s network and carrier products and services offerings across its global data center portfolio.
Prior to joining Digital Realty, Sarkis served for nearly 14 years at Deutsche Telekom in different management roles developing Deutsche Telekom’s global network.
He served as head of global telehouse real estate and North American capacity management where he was responsible for 192 locations across 27 countries.
He oversaw all components of data center and carrier facilities development, retro-fit and management, from site selection to operating procedures.
Prior to Deutsche Telekom, he served as senior project management at MCI Corporation and senior network engineer at MCI Communications.
“John is an industry veteran with a deep knowledge of the carrier landscape and the expertise to create seamless connectivity solutions for our customers across geographies,” said Michael F. Foust, CEO of Digital Realty. “Our global portfolio of network-rich facilities and extensive carrier relationships combined with John’s experience and expertise will enable us to provide our enterprise and colocation customers with an enhanced level of connectivity options, including bundled IP, connectivity provisioning and private peering arrangements. This combination further strengthens Digital Realty’s value proposition for our customers and competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
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