Vantage Data Centers Names Sureel Choksi President and CEO

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Wholesale data center operator Vantage Data Centers announced on Thursday it has named Sureel Choksi president and chief executive officer.

The move follows Vantage Data Centers appointments of Greg Ness as vice president of marketing and Tony Giampaolo as director of operations.

Choksi will continue his current duties as a member of Vantage’s board of directors.

As president and CEO, Choksi succeeds Jim Trout, who has transitioned into a new role as founder and chief technology officer, where he is responsible for data center design and construction and corporate strategy.

Trout will also continue to serve as a member of Vantage’s board of directors.

“We are very pleased to welcome Sureel Choksi as CEO,” said Jim Trout. “I am proud of what we have accomplished in building Vantage into a leading wholesale data center provider with campuses in Santa Clara, California and Quincy, Washington. Sureel’s extensive experience in the Internet infrastructure industry will help us better serve our customers and build upon our operational excellence. I’m looking forward to partnering with Sureel to lead Vantage’s next phase of growth.”

Choksi is a senior member of the value creation team for Silver Lake, the investment firm that backs Vantage.

He has over 15 years of experience as an executive in the Internet infrastructure industry. Prior to joining Silver Lake, he was CEO of Elevation Data Centers, a private-equity backed roll-up vehicle.

Previously, Choksi held several executive roles with Level 3 Communications, including chief marketing officer, president of wholesale markets, executive vice president of services, chief financial officer, group vice president of corporate development and treasurer.

Before Level 3, Choksi worked in venture capital at TeleSoft Partners and investment banking at Gleacher & Company.

In December, the Washington State Department of Ecology has extended the comment period for the proposed air quality permit for building a new Vantage Data Centers’ facility in Quincy.

 

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