Meet the Team

Management
Board Of Directors
Nelson Fonseca - Chief Executive Officer

Nelson Fonseca

Chief Executive Officer

Randy Rowland - Chief Operating Officer

Randy Rowland

Chief Operating Officer

Carlos Sagasta - Chief Financial Officer

Carlos Sagasta

Chief Financial Officer

Victor Semah - Chief Legal Officer

Victor Semah

Chief Legal Officer

Simon West - Chief Marketing Officer

Simon West

Chief Marketing Officer

David Keasey - EVP Sales

David Keasey

EVP Sales

Leo Taddeo - Chief Information Security Officer & EVP, Cyxtera Federal

Leo Taddeo

Chief Information Security Officer & EVP, Cyxtera Federal

Frank Barnett - Chief Human Resources Officer

Frank Barnett

Chief Human Resources Officer

Thomas Cannady - VP, Network Services

Thomas Cannady

VP, Network Services

Mitch Fonseca - VP, Data Center Products

Mitch Fonseca

VP, Data Center Products

Jason Lochhead - CTO, Infrastructure

Jason Lochhead

CTO, Infrastructure

Ben Stewart - VP, Engineering & Innovation

Ben Stewart

VP, Engineering & Innovation

Kelly Sullivan - VP, Data Center Engineering & Operations

Kelly Sullivan

VP, Data Center Engineering & Operations

Manuel D. Medina - Executive Chairman

Manuel D. Medina

Executive Chairman

Nelson Fonseca - Chief Executive Officer

Nelson Fonseca

Chief Executive Officer

Rene A. Rodriguez - Chief Financial Officer

Rene A. Rodriguez

Chief Financial Officer

Fahim Ahmed - Partner, BC Partners

Fahim Ahmed

Partner, BC Partners

Justin Bateman - Partner, BC Partners

Justin Bateman

Partner, BC Partners

Benjamin Phillips - Principal, BC Partners

Benjamin Phillips

Principal, BC Partners

John Diercksen - Sr. Advisor, Liontree Investment Advisors

John Diercksen

Sr. Advisor, Liontree Investment Advisors

Pete Hayes - CEO, Middleburg Venture Partners

Pete Hayes

CEO, Middleburg Venture Partners

Nelson Fonseca

Chief Executive Officer



Nelson Fonseca has more than 20 years of experience as an IT executive with expertise in IT infrastructure operations, sales, business development, telecommunications, and government contracting.

Fonseca served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark from 2001 through 2012, most recently as President. In that role he was responsible for managing Terremark's cloud, internet data center and managed security business that included 3,500 employees, over $1.5 billion in revenue and operations in 19 countries.

Since October 2012, Fonseca has served as a Partner of Medina Capital where, among his other responsibilities, he has focused on providing strategic advice and counsel to Medina Capital portfolio companies in the areas of operations, strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, international business and government contracting. He started his professional career as an engineer in the wireless network division at Nortel Networks and held various business development positions at Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bellcore. Fonseca received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Barry University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

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Nelson Fonseca - Chief Executive Officer
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Nelson Fonseca

Chief Executive Officer



Nelson Fonseca has more than 20 years of experience as an IT executive with expertise in IT infrastructure operations, sales, business development, telecommunications, and government contracting.

Fonseca served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark from 2001 through 2012, most recently as President. In that role he was responsible for managing Terremark's cloud, internet data center and managed security business that included 3,500 employees, over $1.5 billion in revenue and operations in 19 countries.

Since October 2012, Fonseca has served as a Partner of Medina Capital where, among his other responsibilities, he has focused on providing strategic advice and counsel to Medina Capital portfolio companies in the areas of operations, strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, international business and government contracting. He started his professional career as an engineer in the wireless network division at Nortel Networks and held various business development positions at Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bellcore. Fonseca received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Barry University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

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Randy Rowland

Chief Operating Officer



Randy Rowland leads Cyxtera’s global data center services operations, facilities, engineering and product portfolio.

Since February 2013, Rowland has served as a Partner of Medina Capital. In this role, Rowland is responsible for identifying companies with disruptive technologies and providing the portfolio with guidance on strategic initiatives around product strategy, development, operations and business development. As Chief Product Officer this continuity of experience is instrumental in bringing these acquisitions together to deliver industry-leading cybersecurity solutions as part of the Cyxtera portfolio.

From December 2011 to February 2013, Rowland served as Senior Director of Cloud Platform Services at VMware where he led key initiatives to evolve VMware’s as-a-service strategy focused primarily on Cloud Foundry and vCloud Services.

From 2007 through August 2011, Rowland was a Senior Vice President of Product Development of Terremark. Rowland guided Terremark into the emerging cloud computing industry by leading the development and launch of Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud service offering. He also provided overall direction and leadership of Terremark’s hosting and cloud services business unit and served as its General Manager for a period of time. From August 1999 until it was acquired by Terremark in 2007, Rowland was responsible for Product Development and Sales Engineering at Data Return.

Rowland received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

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Randy Rowland - Chief Operating Officer
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Randy Rowland

Chief Operating Officer



Randy Rowland leads Cyxtera’s global data center services operations, facilities, engineering and product portfolio.

Since February 2013, Rowland has served as a Partner of Medina Capital. In this role, Rowland is responsible for identifying companies with disruptive technologies and providing the portfolio with guidance on strategic initiatives around product strategy, development, operations and business development. As Chief Product Officer this continuity of experience is instrumental in bringing these acquisitions together to deliver industry-leading cybersecurity solutions as part of the Cyxtera portfolio.

From December 2011 to February 2013, Rowland served as Senior Director of Cloud Platform Services at VMware where he led key initiatives to evolve VMware’s as-a-service strategy focused primarily on Cloud Foundry and vCloud Services.

From 2007 through August 2011, Rowland was a Senior Vice President of Product Development of Terremark. Rowland guided Terremark into the emerging cloud computing industry by leading the development and launch of Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud service offering. He also provided overall direction and leadership of Terremark’s hosting and cloud services business unit and served as its General Manager for a period of time. From August 1999 until it was acquired by Terremark in 2007, Rowland was responsible for Product Development and Sales Engineering at Data Return.

Rowland received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

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Carlos Sagasta

Chief Financial Officer



Carlos Sagasta is CFO for Cyxtera. He was formerly CFO of Diversey Inc., where he completed the carve out of the business from Sealed Air and transformed the finance department into a streamlined organization. Prior to this he worked at CompuCom as part of the management team that successfully turned around the performance of the business leading to a successful exit by Thomas H Lee Partners.

Before his tenure at CompuCom, Sagasta held multiple CFO positions in private equity backed businesses including Grupo Corporativo ONO’s turnaround and listing. ONO was ultimately sold to the Vodafone Group for $9 billion and the successful exit of investors Thomas H Lee, Providence Equity Partners and CCMP among others.

Prior to ONO Sagasta worked at Cellnex where he was a key part of the team that turned around Retevision, Spain’s largest wireless infrastructure player and led its M&A strategy leading to a significant improvement in profitability, business line diversification and doubling revenue during that period. Sagasta earlier held several positions and roles within the Technology, Media and Telecom space at La-Caixa, Gramercy Communications Partners, Salomon Smith Barney and Accenture.

Sagasta was a board member at Eutelsat from 2006 to 2010 where he also participated as a member of the Audit Committee leading the succession plan of CEO Giuliano Berretta, and a board member at Hispasat until 2010. Sagasta has also served as a board member for small start-ups in North Carolina and Florida in the I.T. and managed services industry.

Sagasta holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BSBA in Finance from Saint Louis University.

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Carlos Sagasta - Chief Financial Officer
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Carlos Sagasta

Chief Financial Officer



Carlos Sagasta is CFO for Cyxtera. He was formerly CFO of Diversey Inc., where he completed the carve out of the business from Sealed Air and transformed the finance department into a streamlined organization. Prior to this he worked at CompuCom as part of the management team that successfully turned around the performance of the business leading to a successful exit by Thomas H Lee Partners.

Before his tenure at CompuCom, Sagasta held multiple CFO positions in private equity backed businesses including Grupo Corporativo ONO’s turnaround and listing. ONO was ultimately sold to the Vodafone Group for $9 billion and the successful exit of investors Thomas H Lee, Providence Equity Partners and CCMP among others.

Prior to ONO Sagasta worked at Cellnex where he was a key part of the team that turned around Retevision, Spain’s largest wireless infrastructure player and led its M&A strategy leading to a significant improvement in profitability, business line diversification and doubling revenue during that period. Sagasta earlier held several positions and roles within the Technology, Media and Telecom space at La-Caixa, Gramercy Communications Partners, Salomon Smith Barney and Accenture.

Sagasta was a board member at Eutelsat from 2006 to 2010 where he also participated as a member of the Audit Committee leading the succession plan of CEO Giuliano Berretta, and a board member at Hispasat until 2010. Sagasta has also served as a board member for small start-ups in North Carolina and Florida in the I.T. and managed services industry.

Sagasta holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BSBA in Finance from Saint Louis University.

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Victor Semah

Chief Legal Officer



Victor Semah is responsible for the company’s legal, contract management and risk management functions globally and serves as an advisor to management and the board of directors.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Semah was a Shareholder in the Corporate & Securities Department of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. At Greenberg Traurig, Semah represented public and private companies in merger and acquisition, capital raising, joint venture and other complex business transactions.

Semah holds a B.A. in Political Science from Baruch College of the City University of New York and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

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Victor Semah - Chief Legal Officer
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Victor Semah

Chief Legal Officer



Victor Semah is responsible for the company’s legal, contract management and risk management functions globally and serves as an advisor to management and the board of directors.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Semah was a Shareholder in the Corporate & Securities Department of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. At Greenberg Traurig, Semah represented public and private companies in merger and acquisition, capital raising, joint venture and other complex business transactions.

Semah holds a B.A. in Political Science from Baruch College of the City University of New York and a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

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Simon West

Chief Marketing Officer



Simon West leads global marketing and communications for Cyxtera, responsible for all aspects of the company's global marketing efforts including brand management, communications, field, channel and product marketing. West has spent his career marketing business-to-business technology solutions and played a key role in three of the largest transactions in the cloud and infrastructure services sector, most recently as CMO of Virtustream, a leading enterprise-class cloud provider, acquired by EMC in 2015 for $1.2 billion.

Prior to joining Virtustream he served as Chief Marketing Officer for SoftLayer Technologies. Over a two-year period, West directed a repositioning that established the company as a global leader in cloud infrastructure, ultimately leading to its sale to IBM in 2013 for $2 billion. Prior to SoftLayer, West served as CMO for Terremark, where he executed a comprehensive brand relaunch, positioning the company as a leader in the emerging cloud computing revolution, resulting in unprecedented brand awareness and revenue growth, prior to the company's sale in 2011 to Verizon for $2 billion.

Previously, West spent 11 years with Data Return, where he was part of the initial start-up team and played an instrumental role in taking the company through foundational business planning, product definition and systems development, through the planning and execution of an Initial Public Offering and the successful sale of the business.

West received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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Simon West - Chief Marketing Officer
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Simon West

Chief Marketing Officer



Simon West leads global marketing and communications for Cyxtera, responsible for all aspects of the company's global marketing efforts including brand management, communications, field, channel and product marketing. West has spent his career marketing business-to-business technology solutions and played a key role in three of the largest transactions in the cloud and infrastructure services sector, most recently as CMO of Virtustream, a leading enterprise-class cloud provider, acquired by EMC in 2015 for $1.2 billion.

Prior to joining Virtustream he served as Chief Marketing Officer for SoftLayer Technologies. Over a two-year period, West directed a repositioning that established the company as a global leader in cloud infrastructure, ultimately leading to its sale to IBM in 2013 for $2 billion. Prior to SoftLayer, West served as CMO for Terremark, where he executed a comprehensive brand relaunch, positioning the company as a leader in the emerging cloud computing revolution, resulting in unprecedented brand awareness and revenue growth, prior to the company's sale in 2011 to Verizon for $2 billion.

Previously, West spent 11 years with Data Return, where he was part of the initial start-up team and played an instrumental role in taking the company through foundational business planning, product definition and systems development, through the planning and execution of an Initial Public Offering and the successful sale of the business.

West received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Simon West - Chief Marketing Officer
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David Keasey

EVP Sales



David Keasey is Executive Vice President of Sales responsible for Cyxtera’s global revenue growth. He brings nearly 30 years of information technology and cybersecurity consulting and sales leadership success to the role.

Keasey was formerly CEO at Catbird, a cybersecurity software start-up focused on software-defined segmentation and lateral spread elimination. He led the company through significant product transformation that ultimately resulted in Catbird being acquired by Cyxtera. He was previously SVP and General Manager of Verizon Terremark's information security business unit and global consulting services for cloud and security, a $400 million business including the largest managed security services business in the industry. Prior to that, Keasey led the cloud and security sales teams for the $1 billion Verizon Global Services business unit following Verizon's acquisition of CyberTrust.

Keasey holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in Business from Michigan State University.

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David Keasey - EVP Sales
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David Keasey

EVP Sales



David Keasey is Executive Vice President of Sales responsible for Cyxtera’s global revenue growth. He brings nearly 30 years of information technology and cybersecurity consulting and sales leadership success to the role.

Keasey was formerly CEO at Catbird, a cybersecurity software start-up focused on software-defined segmentation and lateral spread elimination. He led the company through significant product transformation that ultimately resulted in Catbird being acquired by Cyxtera. He was previously SVP and General Manager of Verizon Terremark's information security business unit and global consulting services for cloud and security, a $400 million business including the largest managed security services business in the industry. Prior to that, Keasey led the cloud and security sales teams for the $1 billion Verizon Global Services business unit following Verizon's acquisition of CyberTrust.

Keasey holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in Business from Michigan State University.

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Leo Taddeo

Chief Information Security Officer & EVP, Cyxtera Federal



Leo Taddeo is responsible for oversight of Cyxtera's global security operations, investigations and intelligence programs, crisis management, and business continuity processes. He provides deep domain insight into the techniques, tactics and procedures used by cybercriminals, to help Cyxtera continue to develop disruptive solutions that enable customers to defend against advanced threats and breaches.

Taddeo is the former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Office. In this role, he directed over 400 special agents and professional support personnel conducting cyber investigations, surveillance operations, information technology support, and crisis management. Previous responsibilities focused on FBI international operations, including service as a Section Chief in the International Operations Division, where he managed operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Taddeo received a B.S. in Applied Physics in 1987 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After completing his studies, Taddeo served as a tank officer in the US Marine Corps. In 1991, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for valor for his service in the Gulf War. Following his service, Taddeo earned a J.D. from St. John’s University. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Mound, Cotton & Wollan in New York, where he practiced in the field of civil litigation until entering duty with the FBI.

Taddeo is a graduate of the CISO Executive Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler certifications.

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Leo Taddeo - Chief Information Security Officer & EVP, Cyxtera Federal
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Leo Taddeo

Chief Information Security Officer & EVP, Cyxtera Federal



Leo Taddeo is responsible for oversight of Cyxtera's global security operations, investigations and intelligence programs, crisis management, and business continuity processes. He provides deep domain insight into the techniques, tactics and procedures used by cybercriminals, to help Cyxtera continue to develop disruptive solutions that enable customers to defend against advanced threats and breaches.

Taddeo is the former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI’s New York Office. In this role, he directed over 400 special agents and professional support personnel conducting cyber investigations, surveillance operations, information technology support, and crisis management. Previous responsibilities focused on FBI international operations, including service as a Section Chief in the International Operations Division, where he managed operations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Taddeo received a B.S. in Applied Physics in 1987 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After completing his studies, Taddeo served as a tank officer in the US Marine Corps. In 1991, he was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for valor for his service in the Gulf War. Following his service, Taddeo earned a J.D. from St. John’s University. Upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Mound, Cotton & Wollan in New York, where he practiced in the field of civil litigation until entering duty with the FBI.

Taddeo is a graduate of the CISO Executive Program at Carnegie Mellon University. He maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler certifications.

Leo Taddeo - Chief Information Security Officer & EVP, Cyxtera Federal
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Frank Barnett

Chief Human Resources Officer



Frank Barnett serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Cyxtera. Barnett is responsible for the company’s human resources programs including talent acquisition, employee development, organization planning, pay and rewards and diversity. He brings 20 years of Human Resources leadership in corporate HR and in client facing HR outsourcing. Barnett has extensive experience leading organizational operations, driving large scale growth through talent acquisition and creating dynamic company culture through leadership and employee development.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, he served as SVP of Human Resources for Xerox. During his tenure at Xerox (now Conduent) from 2005 to 2017, Barnett held numerous leadership roles in Human Resources including leading North America HR Operations, HR Business Partner leader for Xerox Commercial Solutions and RVP for Human Resources Outsourcing. He started his professional career in labor relations with GTE and has worked in Human Resources leadership roles for CompuCom, Data Return, CVS/Caremark and Affiliated Computer Services.

Barnett received his BS in Economics from Texas A&M University and his MBA in Administration from the University of Texas, Arlington.

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Frank Barnett - Chief Human Resources Officer
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Frank Barnett

Chief Human Resources Officer



Frank Barnett serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Cyxtera. Barnett is responsible for the company’s human resources programs including talent acquisition, employee development, organization planning, pay and rewards and diversity. He brings 20 years of Human Resources leadership in corporate HR and in client facing HR outsourcing. Barnett has extensive experience leading organizational operations, driving large scale growth through talent acquisition and creating dynamic company culture through leadership and employee development.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, he served as SVP of Human Resources for Xerox. During his tenure at Xerox (now Conduent) from 2005 to 2017, Barnett held numerous leadership roles in Human Resources including leading North America HR Operations, HR Business Partner leader for Xerox Commercial Solutions and RVP for Human Resources Outsourcing. He started his professional career in labor relations with GTE and has worked in Human Resources leadership roles for CompuCom, Data Return, CVS/Caremark and Affiliated Computer Services.

Barnett received his BS in Economics from Texas A&M University and his MBA in Administration from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Frank Barnett - Chief Human Resources Officer
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Thomas Cannady

VP, Network Services



Thomas Cannady is Vice President of Network Services at Cyxtera and has over 20 years of experience in data center and interconnection services. Cannady leads an engineering team responsible for developing and delivering next-generation network services across the Cyxtera global data center footprint.

Cannady came to Cyxtera from Verizon where he was responsible for the architecture and global network operations teams supporting all cloud and managed service offerings. Prior to that he led the Transport Engineering organization at Terremark where he was responsible for the global network expansion into EMEA, APAC and LATAM over a 7-year period. Cannady has also held multiple optical engineering roles throughout his career with Alcatel-Lucent, Verizon FNS and SAIC.

Cannady started his professional career in the US Air Force where he spent 8 years in the field of Cryptographic Telecommunications. He holds a BS in Information Systems from Strayer University.

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Thomas Cannady - VP, Network Services
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Thomas Cannady

VP, Network Services



Thomas Cannady is Vice President of Network Services at Cyxtera and has over 20 years of experience in data center and interconnection services. Cannady leads an engineering team responsible for developing and delivering next-generation network services across the Cyxtera global data center footprint.

Cannady came to Cyxtera from Verizon where he was responsible for the architecture and global network operations teams supporting all cloud and managed service offerings. Prior to that he led the Transport Engineering organization at Terremark where he was responsible for the global network expansion into EMEA, APAC and LATAM over a 7-year period. Cannady has also held multiple optical engineering roles throughout his career with Alcatel-Lucent, Verizon FNS and SAIC.

Cannady started his professional career in the US Air Force where he spent 8 years in the field of Cryptographic Telecommunications. He holds a BS in Information Systems from Strayer University.

Thomas Cannady - VP, Network Services
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Mitch Fonseca

VP, Data Center Products



Mitch Fonseca leads the global datacenter product management and commercial services teams for Cyxtera, responsible for product pricing and positioning. With over 11 years in IT infrastructure, Fonseca has experience in product management, operations, sales, finance and business development.

Most recently, Fonseca served as Sr Director of Strategy and Operations at General Electric, where he helped develop GE’s long-term datacenter and cloud strategy and headed GE’s datacenter operation teams.

Prior to GE, he joined Digital Realty, through their acquisition of Telx. At Digital Realty, Fonseca served as Director of Global Product Management for Colocation and Services. There he managed Digital Realty’s retail colocation product within North American, Europe and Asia; driving increased profitability to a wholesale datacenter footprint.

Prior to Digital Realty, Fonseca served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark, and later Verizon, from 2005 until January 2015 – most recently as Director of Product Management for Verizon Terremark. In that role, he was responsible for the development and management of colocation and network products within the datacenter, as well as market intel and pricing for all datacenter products.

Fonseca received his bachelor’s in Computer Science from Wittenberg University and his master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

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Mitch Fonseca - VP, Data Center Products
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Mitch Fonseca

VP, Data Center Products



Mitch Fonseca leads the global datacenter product management and commercial services teams for Cyxtera, responsible for product pricing and positioning. With over 11 years in IT infrastructure, Fonseca has experience in product management, operations, sales, finance and business development.

Most recently, Fonseca served as Sr Director of Strategy and Operations at General Electric, where he helped develop GE’s long-term datacenter and cloud strategy and headed GE’s datacenter operation teams.

Prior to GE, he joined Digital Realty, through their acquisition of Telx. At Digital Realty, Fonseca served as Director of Global Product Management for Colocation and Services. There he managed Digital Realty’s retail colocation product within North American, Europe and Asia; driving increased profitability to a wholesale datacenter footprint.

Prior to Digital Realty, Fonseca served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark, and later Verizon, from 2005 until January 2015 – most recently as Director of Product Management for Verizon Terremark. In that role, he was responsible for the development and management of colocation and network products within the datacenter, as well as market intel and pricing for all datacenter products.

Fonseca received his bachelor’s in Computer Science from Wittenberg University and his master’s in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Mitch Fonseca - VP, Data Center Products
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Jason Lochhead

CTO, Infrastructure



Jason Lochhead joined Cyxtera in 2017 and leads the team that is designing and building the Cyxtera Extensible Datacenter (CXD) platform. Prior to joining Cyxtera, Lochhead worked at VMware, where he served in leadership roles including Chief Technologist for VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware’s large scale hyperconverged computing solution, and Chief Architect of the company’s vCloud Air infrastructure-as-a-service offering.

Before VMware, Lochhead was CTO at Terremark, where he led the design and development of the company’s Enterprise Cloud service offering. He was formerly co-founder and CTO of Data Return, where he provided overall technology direction for the company and lead product development efforts in researching and implementing new technologies, including the company’s Infinistructure utility computing platform.

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Jason Lochhead - CTO, Infrastructure
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Jason Lochhead

CTO, Infrastructure



Jason Lochhead joined Cyxtera in 2017 and leads the team that is designing and building the Cyxtera Extensible Datacenter (CXD) platform. Prior to joining Cyxtera, Lochhead worked at VMware, where he served in leadership roles including Chief Technologist for VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware’s large scale hyperconverged computing solution, and Chief Architect of the company’s vCloud Air infrastructure-as-a-service offering.

Before VMware, Lochhead was CTO at Terremark, where he led the design and development of the company’s Enterprise Cloud service offering. He was formerly co-founder and CTO of Data Return, where he provided overall technology direction for the company and lead product development efforts in researching and implementing new technologies, including the company’s Infinistructure utility computing platform.

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Ben Stewart

VP, Engineering & Innovation



Ben Stewart serves as the lead data center engineer for Cyxtera. He is responsible for electrical and mechanical engineering design, and support of all facilities encompassing design, build, construction, capacity management, energy efficiency, and event forensics. Stewart excels at optimizing plant efficiency ensuring the highest return on infrastructure capital investment.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Stewart completed 25 years of military duty retiring as a Commander in the U. S. Coast Guard. He joined Terremark Worldwide in 2003 expanding data center facilities internationally. His engineering responsibilities continued when Terremark was acquired by Verizon in 2011 and later purchased by Equinix in 2017. Stewart sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Miami Dade College of Engineering, and the Advisory Council for The Green Grid and AFCOM. He is the Founder and President of the Miami Chapter of AFCOM and sits on the Board of Directors for the 7x24 Mission Critical South Florida Chapter.

Stewart received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, a MS in Electrical Engineering from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School and holds a master’s in Business Administration from Monmouth University. He completed his PhD in 2017 and is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Ben Stewart - VP, Engineering & Innovation
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Ben Stewart

VP, Engineering & Innovation



Ben Stewart serves as the lead data center engineer for Cyxtera. He is responsible for electrical and mechanical engineering design, and support of all facilities encompassing design, build, construction, capacity management, energy efficiency, and event forensics. Stewart excels at optimizing plant efficiency ensuring the highest return on infrastructure capital investment.

Prior to joining Cyxtera, Stewart completed 25 years of military duty retiring as a Commander in the U. S. Coast Guard. He joined Terremark Worldwide in 2003 expanding data center facilities internationally. His engineering responsibilities continued when Terremark was acquired by Verizon in 2011 and later purchased by Equinix in 2017. Stewart sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Miami Dade College of Engineering, and the Advisory Council for The Green Grid and AFCOM. He is the Founder and President of the Miami Chapter of AFCOM and sits on the Board of Directors for the 7x24 Mission Critical South Florida Chapter.

Stewart received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, a MS in Electrical Engineering from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School and holds a master’s in Business Administration from Monmouth University. He completed his PhD in 2017 and is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ben Stewart - VP, Engineering & Innovation
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Kelly Sullivan

VP, Data Center Engineering & Operations



Kelly Sullivan has over 20 years of experience leading global teams serving mission-critical environments. In his role at Cyxtera, Sullivan heads a team of 600 facilities and IT staff. Sullivan’s team is responsible for the successful construction design and implementation, operation, budgeting, maintenance optimization and asset life cycle planning for Cyxtera’s 57 global colocation data centers.

Sullivan joined Cyxtera through the acquisition of CenturyLink’s data centers and colocation business, in which capacity he served as VP, Data Center Operations. Before CenturyLink, he worked at Northrop Grumman as a senior design and engineering project manager.

Sullivan is a member and speaker at industry association events such as AFCOM local and national events, Critical Facilities Summit and Uptime Symposium. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and supporting local charities.

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Kelly Sullivan - VP, Data Center Engineering & Operations
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Kelly Sullivan

VP, Data Center Engineering & Operations



Kelly Sullivan has over 20 years of experience leading global teams serving mission-critical environments. In his role at Cyxtera, Sullivan heads a team of 600 facilities and IT staff. Sullivan’s team is responsible for the successful construction design and implementation, operation, budgeting, maintenance optimization and asset life cycle planning for Cyxtera’s 57 global colocation data centers.

Sullivan joined Cyxtera through the acquisition of CenturyLink’s data centers and colocation business, in which capacity he served as VP, Data Center Operations. Before CenturyLink, he worked at Northrop Grumman as a senior design and engineering project manager.

Sullivan is a member and speaker at industry association events such as AFCOM local and national events, Critical Facilities Summit and Uptime Symposium. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and supporting local charities.

Kelly Sullivan - VP, Data Center Engineering & Operations
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Manuel D. Medina

Executive Chairman



Manuel D. Medina is Executive Chairman of Cyxtera Technologies, bringing together a set of modern, software-defined cybersecurity capabilities with a global data center platform to deliver secure infrastructure solutions to enterprises and government agencies.

Medina was the Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Terremark, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ until April of 2011, when Terremark was acquired by Verizon for an enterprise value of $2 billion. At Terremark, Medina brought his vision to deliver a comprehensive set of best-of-breed IT infrastructure services from world-class data center facilities to fruition. Under his leadership, Terremark distinguished itself as a leading global provider of enterprise cloud computing, data center and cybersecurity services for Fortune 1,000 enterprises and federal government agencies.

Following the sale of Terremark, in 2012, Medina founded Medina Capital, a private equity firm with a focus on emerging cybersecurity technologies, and currently serves as managing partner. Medina is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of eMerge Americas, the premier technology event connecting the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He has been recognized with accolades from many business and community organizations for his leadership and community service.

He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from technology trends and global business to entrepreneurship and has served as a panelist and keynote speaker at large conferences and IT industry tradeshows. He also delivers inspiring commencement addresses to students at colleges and universities.

Medina received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

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Manuel D. Medina - Executive Chairman
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Manuel D. Medina

Executive Chairman



Manuel D. Medina is Executive Chairman of Cyxtera Technologies, bringing together a set of modern, software-defined cybersecurity capabilities with a global data center platform to deliver secure infrastructure solutions to enterprises and government agencies.

Medina was the Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Terremark, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ until April of 2011, when Terremark was acquired by Verizon for an enterprise value of $2 billion. At Terremark, Medina brought his vision to deliver a comprehensive set of best-of-breed IT infrastructure services from world-class data center facilities to fruition. Under his leadership, Terremark distinguished itself as a leading global provider of enterprise cloud computing, data center and cybersecurity services for Fortune 1,000 enterprises and federal government agencies.

Following the sale of Terremark, in 2012, Medina founded Medina Capital, a private equity firm with a focus on emerging cybersecurity technologies, and currently serves as managing partner. Medina is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of eMerge Americas, the premier technology event connecting the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He has been recognized with accolades from many business and community organizations for his leadership and community service.

He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from technology trends and global business to entrepreneurship and has served as a panelist and keynote speaker at large conferences and IT industry tradeshows. He also delivers inspiring commencement addresses to students at colleges and universities.

Medina received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.

Manuel D. Medina - Executive Chairman
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Nelson Fonseca

Chief Executive Officer



Nelson Fonseca has more than 20 years of experience as an IT executive with expertise in IT infrastructure operations, sales, business development, telecommunications, and government contracting.

Fonseca served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark from 2001 through 2012, most recently as President. In that role he was responsible for managing Terremark's cloud, internet data center and managed security business that included 3,500 employees, over $1.5 billion in revenue and operations in 19 countries.

Since October 2012, Fonseca has served as a Partner of Medina Capital where, among his other responsibilities, he has focused on providing strategic advice and counsel to Medina Capital portfolio companies in the areas of operations, strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, international business and government contracting. He started his professional career as an engineer in the wireless network division at Nortel Networks and held various business development positions at Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bellcore. Fonseca received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Barry University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

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Nelson Fonseca - Chief Executive Officer
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Nelson Fonseca

Chief Executive Officer



Nelson Fonseca has more than 20 years of experience as an IT executive with expertise in IT infrastructure operations, sales, business development, telecommunications, and government contracting.

Fonseca served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark from 2001 through 2012, most recently as President. In that role he was responsible for managing Terremark's cloud, internet data center and managed security business that included 3,500 employees, over $1.5 billion in revenue and operations in 19 countries.

Since October 2012, Fonseca has served as a Partner of Medina Capital where, among his other responsibilities, he has focused on providing strategic advice and counsel to Medina Capital portfolio companies in the areas of operations, strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, international business and government contracting. He started his professional career as an engineer in the wireless network division at Nortel Networks and held various business development positions at Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bellcore. Fonseca received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Barry University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Nelson Fonseca - Chief Executive Officer
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Rene A. Rodriguez

Chief Financial Officer



Rene Rodriguez has more than 13 years of experience as a finance executive with expertise in managing financial operations, capital markets, investor relations, financial analysis and mergers and acquisitions.

Since 2012, Rodriguez has served as a Partner and CFO of Medina Capital. In that role, Rodriguez focuses on evaluating potential investments, fund raising and financial guidance across the firm’s portfolio.

Rodriguez served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark from 2005 until June 2011, most recently as Vice President of Financial Planning. In that role, he was responsible for the reporting of the financial and operational results of Terremark and its subsidiaries to its executive team and the investor community.

Prior to joining Terremark, Rodriguez held various positions at the Burger King Corporation focusing on worldwide valuation, process improvement, investment analysis and international fraud audits. Rodriguez started his professional career as part of the assurance practice at BDO Seidman LLP focusing on the firm’s financial services, technology, hospitality and aviation clients in South Florida, the Caribbean and Central America.

Rodriguez received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

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Rene A. Rodriguez - Chief Financial Officer
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Rene A. Rodriguez

Chief Financial Officer



Rene Rodriguez has more than 13 years of experience as a finance executive with expertise in managing financial operations, capital markets, investor relations, financial analysis and mergers and acquisitions.

Since 2012, Rodriguez has served as a Partner and CFO of Medina Capital. In that role, Rodriguez focuses on evaluating potential investments, fund raising and financial guidance across the firm’s portfolio.

Rodriguez served in positions of increasing seniority at Terremark from 2005 until June 2011, most recently as Vice President of Financial Planning. In that role, he was responsible for the reporting of the financial and operational results of Terremark and its subsidiaries to its executive team and the investor community.

Prior to joining Terremark, Rodriguez held various positions at the Burger King Corporation focusing on worldwide valuation, process improvement, investment analysis and international fraud audits. Rodriguez started his professional career as part of the assurance practice at BDO Seidman LLP focusing on the firm’s financial services, technology, hospitality and aviation clients in South Florida, the Caribbean and Central America.

Rodriguez received his bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

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Fahim Ahmed

Partner, BC Partners



Fahim Ahmed is a Partner at BC Partners and covers the North American consumer, TMT, and retail sectors.

Fahim joined BC Partners in London in 2006 and relocated to New York in 2008. Previously, Fahim spent over three years with the Boston Consulting Group in London, New York and Washington, working mainly on financial services, consumer, and healthcare.

Fahim holds a MPhil from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar) and a BA from Harvard University.


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Fahim Ahmed

Partner, BC Partners



Fahim Ahmed is a Partner at BC Partners and covers the North American consumer, TMT, and retail sectors.

Fahim joined BC Partners in London in 2006 and relocated to New York in 2008. Previously, Fahim spent over three years with the Boston Consulting Group in London, New York and Washington, working mainly on financial services, consumer, and healthcare.

Fahim holds a MPhil from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar) and a BA from Harvard University.


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Justin Bateman

Partner, BC Partners



Justin Bateman is a Partner and covers the North American business services, TMT and healthcare sectors.

Justin initially joined BC Partners in London in 2000, left to attend his MBA in 2002 and re-joined in 2003. He then relocated to New York in 2008. Previously, Justin spent three years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in transaction services working on due diligence projects for both financial investors and corporate clients.

Justin has an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in economics from Cambridge University. He is an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA).

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Justin Bateman - Partner, BC Partners
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Justin Bateman

Partner, BC Partners



Justin Bateman is a Partner and covers the North American business services, TMT and healthcare sectors.

Justin initially joined BC Partners in London in 2000, left to attend his MBA in 2002 and re-joined in 2003. He then relocated to New York in 2008. Previously, Justin spent three years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in transaction services working on due diligence projects for both financial investors and corporate clients.

Justin has an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in economics from Cambridge University. He is an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA).

Justin Bateman - Partner, BC Partners
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Benjamin Phillips

Principal, BC Partners



Ben Phillips joined BC Partners in New York in 2018. Previously, Ben worked at Hill Path Capital where he spent 3 years as a Principal, evaluating and executing investments in private equity, public equity, and high yield debt and working with management teams at portfolio companies to optimise businesses, particularly in areas of strategy, operations, capital structure, and governance. Prior to this he was an Associate at Catterton.

Ben also held roles at Sagent Advisors and Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Consumer/ Retail Group.

Ben holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Washington University in St Louis.

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Benjamin Phillips

Principal, BC Partners



Ben Phillips joined BC Partners in New York in 2018. Previously, Ben worked at Hill Path Capital where he spent 3 years as a Principal, evaluating and executing investments in private equity, public equity, and high yield debt and working with management teams at portfolio companies to optimise businesses, particularly in areas of strategy, operations, capital structure, and governance. Prior to this he was an Associate at Catterton.

Ben also held roles at Sagent Advisors and Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Consumer/ Retail Group.

Ben holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Washington University in St Louis.

Benjamin Phillips - Principal, BC Partners
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John Diercksen

Sr. Advisor, Liontree Investment Advisors



John Diercksen currently serves as Senior Advisor at LionTree Investment Advisors, addressing financial, operational and management services with client business development.

From December 2015 to June 2017, Mr. Diercksen served as the Chief Executive Officer of Beachfront Wireless. Previously, Mr. Diercksen retired from Verizon as the executive vice president for strategy, development and planning in September 2013, with responsibility for key strategic initiatives related to the review and assessment of potential mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Diercksen held a number of senior financial and leadership positions at Verizon, Bell Atlantic, and NYNEX, among others. Mr. Diercksen also serves on the boards of Cyxtera Technologies, Inc. and Banco Popular, Inc. and previously served on the board of Harman International Industries.

Mr. Diercksen holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Iona College and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

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John Diercksen - Sr. Advisor, Liontree Investment Advisors
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John Diercksen

Sr. Advisor, Liontree Investment Advisors



John Diercksen currently serves as Senior Advisor at LionTree Investment Advisors, addressing financial, operational and management services with client business development.

From December 2015 to June 2017, Mr. Diercksen served as the Chief Executive Officer of Beachfront Wireless. Previously, Mr. Diercksen retired from Verizon as the executive vice president for strategy, development and planning in September 2013, with responsibility for key strategic initiatives related to the review and assessment of potential mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Diercksen held a number of senior financial and leadership positions at Verizon, Bell Atlantic, and NYNEX, among others. Mr. Diercksen also serves on the boards of Cyxtera Technologies, Inc. and Banco Popular, Inc. and previously served on the board of Harman International Industries.

Mr. Diercksen holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Iona College and an M.B.A. from Pace University.

John Diercksen - Sr. Advisor, Liontree Investment Advisors
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Pete Hayes

CEO, Middleburg Venture Partners



Pete Hayes, highly experienced in Venture Capital and Private Equity , is  the founder and CEO of Middleburg Venture Partners. Pete serves  on the board of six companies: Cyxtera Technologies, Imagine!, LePrix, Pixspan, Seabras and 3C Logic.

Pete  is very effective operating at the highest levels in business and government in multi-cultural environments  with a focus  that includes  data centers, managed services,  cloud acceleration, and  visual  communication. He brings  over 35 years of experience leading  growth and strategy  divisions within  big  technology firms  such as  IBM, Microsoft, and  Equinix and  is  a  proven leader who has  been instrumental in scaling  some of the most aggressive and high-profile companies in the world.

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Pete Hayes

CEO, Middleburg Venture Partners



Pete Hayes, highly experienced in Venture Capital and Private Equity , is  the founder and CEO of Middleburg Venture Partners. Pete serves  on the board of six companies: Cyxtera Technologies, Imagine!, LePrix, Pixspan, Seabras and 3C Logic.

Pete  is very effective operating at the highest levels in business and government in multi-cultural environments  with a focus  that includes  data centers, managed services,  cloud acceleration, and  visual  communication. He brings  over 35 years of experience leading  growth and strategy  divisions within  big  technology firms  such as  IBM, Microsoft, and  Equinix and  is  a  proven leader who has  been instrumental in scaling  some of the most aggressive and high-profile companies in the world.

Pete Hayes - CEO, Middleburg Venture Partners
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