Equinix set to appoint Adaire Fox-Martin as global president and CEO

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CIO South Africa’s latest executive partner in South Africa will appoint Adaire Fox-Martin as its new president and CEO in Q2 2024. She will succeed current president and CEO Charles Meyers.

Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company, has announced a planned leadership transition, effective late Q2 2024, whereby current president and CEO Charles Meyers will transition to the role of executive chairman, and Google Cloud go-to-market president Adaire Fox-Martin will begin serving as Equinix president and CEO. Peter Van Camp, currently executive chairman, will step away from his formal responsibilities as a board member to take the role of special advisor to the board.

“In today’s dynamic digital landscape, Equinix has uniquely amassed global reach, highly differentiated ecosystems, strong partner relationships, and an innovative range of product and service offerings – collectively forming a robust and future-proofed platform to address diverse customer challenges,” said Adaire. “Coupled with my passionate belief in the vision, mission and values of Equinix, I am excited to leverage my experience in driving business transformations and building for scale to drive continued innovation and growth at Equinix.”

Adaire brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology sector, with a distinguished track record. Most recently, she was president of go-to-market for Google Cloud and head of Google Ireland. In this role, she led Google Cloud’s go-to-market teams globally, encompassing sales, professional services, partner ecosystem and customer success.

Before her stint with Google, Adaire held senior global positions at some of the world’s foremost technology and software companies, notably SAP and Oracle. At SAP, she played a pivotal role as a member of the SAP executive board, with responsibility for sales and service globally, serving more than 440,000 customers. Adaire’s global leadership experience includes serving as president: SAP Asia Pacific and Japan, president: Google Cloud International, and head of Google Ireland. She has been a member of the Equinix board of directors since 2020.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2020, Adaire was named to Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women International list for the fourth time running.

Speaking on Adaire’s incoming appointment, Equinix’s current president and CEO Charles Meyers said, “Digital transformation is reshaping the basis of competition for industries across the globe, and the rapid adoption of AI is accelerating that dynamic.

“These pivotal shifts have created an extraordinary demand environment for digital infrastructure, and our distinctive advantages create an exceptional long-term opportunity for Equinix. I am confident that Adaire’s capabilities and experience will be deeply additive to our team and our culture, helping us meet the evolving needs of our customers, fuel our growth and unlock the extraordinary power of Platform Equinix,” he added.

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