SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR, news, filings), a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced today that Chief Operating Officer Jarrett Appleby will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities, effective September 15, 2017. The company has initiated a search for a new Chief Operating Officer and expects to retain a leading executive search firm to assist with the search. Members of Digital Realty's management team will assume Mr. Appleby's duties in the interim until a successor is identified.
"On behalf of the entire Digital Realty team, I would like to thank Jarrett for his service to the company and wish him all the best in his future endeavors," said Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. "As Digital Realty's first Chief Operating Officer, Jarrett helped to launch and advance several important initiatives, such as expanding and standardizing our global product offerings in addition to streamlining our property and technical operations to drive operating efficiencies, all while maintaining and extending our track record for 'five nines' of uptime to a 10th consecutive year. As we search for his successor, we are looking for someone who will be able to build upon this solid foundation and further enhance our global operating platform to meet our customers' growing and evolving needs for data center solutions."
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the data center, colocation and interconnection strategies of more than 2,300 firms across its secure, network-rich portfolio of data centers located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Digital Realty's clients include domestic and international companies of all sizes, ranging from financial services, cloud and information technology services, to manufacturing, energy, gaming, life sciences and consumer products.
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