Laura Ortman appointed new CEO of Cologix; Bill Fathers to step down

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Laura Ortman appointed new CEO of Cologix; Bill Fathers to step down

Cologix, a carrier and cloud-neutral hyperscale edge data center provider, has announced that Laura Ortman will be the new chief executive officer (CEO), effective October 12, 2022.

Ortman will succeed Fathers as Cologix CEO, who has served since 2018 and will remain chairman of the board of directors and a senior operating partner at Stonepeak. Stonepeak is an alternative investment firm that specializes in infrastructure and real assets, and they are also the controlling shareholder in Cologix.

“Laura is an innovative and dynamic leader, and the ideal choice to guide Cologix as it continues its expansion in the fast-growing, digital infrastructure market opportunity,” said Fathers. “Her extensive industry knowledge, highly effective leadership style and proven ability to adapt and innovate while delivering operational excellence will continue to be major assets as we work to meet the immense demands of the growing digital economy. I am confident Laura’s customer-centric approach will propel Cologix to new heights as we continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Ortman joined Cologix in 2018 as president and chief revenue officer and she played a pivotal role in the company’s strategic revenue and sales strategy. She established important consumer connections and expanded the company’s go-to-market plan. Ortman was responsible for record revenue growth and was central to several key decisions, such as the launch of Scalelogix and platform innovation.

Prior to joining Cologix, Ortman served as executive vice president & chief customer officer at Equinix. Before that, she worked at VMware for over eight years. In her last two years at VMWare, she served as vice president & general manager, cloud services and executive global services.

Ortman also has an MBA in Information Systems from Regis University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Marketing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she was an NCAA college athlete on the tennis team.

“I am excited to lead this exceptional and high-performing organization through its next chapter of growth,” said Ortman. “It is an honor to lead and work alongside the amazing team at Cologix. I look forward to building on the strong foundation and positive growth we have established over the past few years. I want to thank Bill for his vision, leadership, partnership and collaboration over the years.”

Ortman is also an advocate for other women in business and was the driving force behind Cologix’s first Employee Resource Group, the Cologix Women’s Connection Network.

Ortman also received an industry leadership award from the Professional Business Women of California (PBWC) due to her dedication to helping further women in technology.

That said, Ortman’s appointment comes after several years of continuous growth and collaboration with Stonepeak, including a $3 billion equity recapitalization in April 2022.

“Throughout her tenure at Cologix, Laura has been instrumental in making the company the financially and operationally strong organization it is today,” said Stonepeak Managing Director Cyrus Gentry. “We know she is an exceptional leader, and like her predecessor, Bill Fathers, has the same vision to guide Cologix as we progress on the company’s expansion efforts.”

Founded in 2010, Cologix provides carrier- and cloud-neutral hyper-scale edge data centers and services across North America. The company has a growing portfolio of next-generation facilities that meet the unique requirements for hyper-scale growth with deep connectivity. Cologix is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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