Data Exchange Network makes double hire to drive colocation growth

Data Exchange Network makes double hire to drive colocation growth

New hires across operations and data centre divisions

Jitender Beniwal (Data Exchange Network) and Simon Forth (Data Exchange Network)

Jitender Beniwal (Data Exchange Network) and Simon Forth (Data Exchange Network)

Credit: Data Exchange Network

Data Exchange Network has made two senior management hires ahead of plans to go-live with its first two colocation data centres in early 2019.

The Perth-based business has appointed Simon Forth as chief operating officer, while Jitender Beniwal has been appointed as data centre operations manager.

Forth is tasked with optimising the provider’s module manufacturing operation, in addition to assisting CEO Peter Christie in implementing the “strategic vision” of the company.

Forth joins the business after six years managing a Brisbane-based engineering and manufacturing company in CSG Engineering, having previously served as an executive director at Legend Corporation.

“Simon has an extensive range of skills across all aspects of technology, fabrication and electronics that are perfectly aligned with DXN’s core business operations,” Christie said.

“His impressive track record in developing high growth businesses and in-depth knowledge of Asian markets will be invaluable to DXN as it strives to achieve its strategic goals.”

Meanwhile, Beniwal will be managing data centre operations including oversight of all policies, standards and procedures at DXN facilities.

Beniwal joins Data Exchange from Microsoft, where he was most recently site operations manager across Asia Pacific, working in a team which hosts cloud services such as Azure and Office 365.

“Jitender is another great addition to our team at a time when the marketplace is seeking out agile data centre solutions that are world-class in terms of resilience, reliability and flexibility,” Christie added.

“He will play a pivotal role in the deployment and management of our new colocation data centres at Port Melbourne and Homebush in Sydney, along with the new centres planned for rollout in 2019 and 2020.”

The double hire comes as Data Exchange builds two colocation facilities in Melbourne and Sydney with a pipeline of data centres scheduled for development throughout 2019 and 2020.

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