Digital Realty names Steve Smith as managing director, head of Americas

May 2, 2023
Smith joins Digital Realty from CoreSite, where he was chief revenue officer.

Data center and interconnection services provider Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) has named Steve Smith as managing director, head of Americas. Smith joins Digital Realty from CoreSite, where he was chief revenue officer.

Smith’s more than 25-year career also includes stints at SAP and Avaya.

"I am excited to welcome Steve Smith to Digital as the leader of our largest region,” commented Digital Realty President and CEO Andy Power. “His experience and knowledge across the data center infrastructure and enterprise software landscape will enhance and accelerate the buildout of the colo and connectivity capability that we have been developing throughout our global portfolio over the course of the last eight years, starting with our purchase of Telx in 2015. Steve's successful colocation and connectivity track record makes him the ideal leader to enhance the value of Digital Realty's connected communities across the Americas, helping to provide our global customers with the data center solutions they seek."

"It is an exciting time to join Digital Realty's leadership team," added Smith. "With Digital's expansive portfolio of highly connected assets across the U.S. and global platform supporting 5,000 customers around the world, I see an unparalleled opportunity to accelerate the growth of high-value colo and connectivity offerings in the Americas region, similar to what the company has achieved in Europe and Africa, while collectively enhancing our global position. I look forward to working with our partners, customers, and team to drive growth and demonstrate Digital's 'Meeting Place' value proposition in enabling digital transformation in the largest and most technology-advanced region in the world."

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Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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