Equinix, Inc. has announced the appointment of Charles Meyers to the position of president of strategy, services and innovation effective August 1. In this newly created role, Meyers will lead the strategic business teams driving the company's next phase of growth as it focuses on the future needs of customers and partners.

Included in the strategy, services and innovation unit are the office of the chief technology officer, business development, product management and product engineering. Also included are new business teams being formed to position Equinix for future success by: optimizing the company's position as a strategic enabler of cloud services; identifying key growth areas that align to Equinix's long-term strategy; and evaluating and translating key market, competitive and technology trends into actionable business requirements.

"As Equinix becomes an increasingly important and strategic partner to businesses that are realigning their organizations to benefit from the shift to digital, the addition of the new role of president of strategy, services and innovation will enable Equinix to prioritize the current and future needs of our customers. With his deep understanding and proven track record of growing our business, Charles is ideally positioned to take the organization into our next phase of growth as we relentlessly focus on serving the needs of our customers," said Steve Smith, CEO, Equinix.

As the leader of the newly created strategy, services and innovation group, Meyers will shift his focus from the core operations of the business to ensuring Equinix keeps pace with the dynamic customer requirements of an increasingly "cloud-first" world. He will also focus on identifying key growth areas for the business and applying the right thinking and resources to these opportunities to incubate and vet them against the company's long-term strategy.

"This is an important time in Equinix's history as we build upon our nearly 20 years of success and look to implement the initiatives that will guide our success through the next 20 years and beyond. I look forward to identifying key growth areas for the business and directing our mission of being a strategic partner to businesses as they navigate the dynamic requirements of an increasingly 'cloud-first' world,” said Meyers.

Meyers joined Equinix in 2010 as president of the Americas region, delivering outstanding results for the company's largest P&L at a time of significant growth in revenue and scaling of operations. In 2013, he was promoted to the role of chief operating officer, where he has overseen global sales, marketing, operations and client services. In this role, he has been instrumental in enhancing Equinix's operating disciplines globally, identifying and driving best practices and ensuring a more consistent global experience for our customers. Going forward, his former operational responsibilities will fall under common leadership reporting to Equinix CEO Steve Smith.