The board of datacentre vendor, NextDC, (ASX:NXT) has announced changes to its structure and membership in line with its succession and strategic planning for the company’s next phase of growth, which includes building on its plans to expand its datacentre footprint throughout Australia and Asia and further innovations in real-time data centre analytics.
Under these arrangements, NextDC’s inaugural chairman, Roger Clarke, will step down from the role of chairman at the end of August and will remain as a non-executive director.
Existing non-executive director, Ted Pretty, will replace Clarke as non-executive chairman and guide the company through its next phase of growth, which will include the accelerated expansion of its datacentre footprint in Australia and Asia.
In addition, NextDC founder and non-executive director, Bevan Slattery, has also announced his intention to retire from the board with effect from the company’s 2013 annual general meeting at the end of the year.
NextDC said, in a statement, that Slattery’s departure is part of the company’s succession planning process.
“It has been a terrific journey and I am very excited about NEXTDC’s future. However, my other interests in various other businesses including SubPartners, Megaport and Asia Pacific Data Centre Group (APDC) take up an increasing part of my time,” Slattery said.
NextDC CEO, Craig Scroggie, said the changes to the board structure will not impact the company’s day to day operations as they are non-executive roles and not management positions.
“We expect this change to have a continued positive influence on our future strategy and governance, under the leadership of Pretty as non-executive chairman,” he said.
The company has commenced a process for the recruitment of two new non-executive directors and have appointed talent search firm, Talent Partners, to assist.
“We respect Bevan’s decision to focus on his other interests as NextDC’s business moves into its next phase,” Clarke added.