Data centre and co-location business Digital Realty, announced today the appointments of Chris Sharp as Chief Technology Officer and Philip Lin as Senior Vice President, Strategy. Sharp will be responsible for leading technology innovation and expanding the company's service portfolio to support key industry trends. In the newly-created position of Senior Vice President, Strategy, Lin will be responsible for overseeing Digital Realty's global market strategic roadmap.
Sharp has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, with an extensive background in developing technology strategies in global markets. He has a deep knowledge of the data centre sector and is well positioned to expand technical innovation at Digital Realty.
Most recently, he was responsible for cloud innovation at Equinix, where he led the development of innovative cloud services solutions and developed new capabilities enabling next-generation, high-performance exchange and interconnection solutions, facilitating broad commercial adoption of cloud computing on a global basis.
Lin is a seasoned technology executive with decades of experience developing and leading strategic initiatives for various U.S. and China-based technology companies. He comes to Digital Realty after serving as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development at 21 Vianet, a leading carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China
In connection with these appointments, Digital Realty also announced that Jim Smith, the company's previous Chief Technology Officer, and David Schirmacher, formerly Senior Vice President, Design & Construction, have stepped down from these roles at the company.