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DigiPlex appoints Wiljar Nesse as new CEO

17 January 2020
Gisle M. Eckhoff will retire from role but will remain with company as an advisor to the Board.
DigiPlex appoints Wiljar Nesse as new CEO

DigiPlex, the Nordic leader for innovative, sustainable and secure data centres, is pleased to announce that Wiljar Nesse has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer, effective March 1st 2020. Wiljar succeeds Gisle M. Eckhoff, who after 5 successful years will retire from his role as CEO, but will remain with the company as an advisor to the Board.

Byrne Murphy, Founder and Chairman of DigiPlex, said: “We are seeing increased demand from both our enterprise customers who continue to move their digital infrastructure from on-premise solutions into combinations of colocation and cloud, as well as from the largest IT companies in the world looking to capitalise on the advantages of placing their data centres in the Nordics. Wiljar possesses qualities that met our extensive list of requirements during the recruitment process. His deep IT industry experience, visionary and inspiring leadership approach and strong customer focus makes Wiljar the perfect candidate to lead DigiPlex during this time of unprecedented transformation of the Nordic data centre industry.”

Wiljar Nesse, CEO Designate of DigiPlex said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed CEO of DigiPlex and join a company at the forefront of the booming Nordic data centre industry. I am really looking forward to joining the DigiPlex team and work together with new colleagues and customers to take advantage of the market opportunities ahead”

Wiljar Nesse recently served as Executive Vice President Financial Services at TietoEVRY. Wiljar was previously Executive Vice President Financial Services at EVRY as well as EDB ErgoGroup/EDB. He has also worked at Elkem and AP Dow Jones, and as CEO and part owner of Manamind AS. Wiljar is a board member of the trade and employer’s association Abelia and a selected member of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) panel for future business and industry in Norway. He has studied at the Norwegian School of Economics and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

DigiPlex is the most recognized data center brand amongst the Nordic C-Suite, and a certified `Great Place to Work'. In 2019 the company listed the largest ever Nordic data centre bond on the Oslo Stock Exchange and launched two additional sites in Norway to meet international demand for cost effective and green Nordic data center capacity. DigiPlex also launched its Nordic Connect Platform, linking its main data centers in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, to create a unique cross-border eco-system. This followed progress in 2018 which saw the company expanding two of its data centers in Oslo, and entering the Danish market with the acquisition of a Telia data center in central Copenhagen. In the recent past, DigiPlex has secured several major new customers including Microsoft, AWS, IVER (formerly Candidator), and NetNordic. Investments in innovation, environmental sustainability and a transformation of its brand have seen DigiPlex win a number of awards including "Best Data Centre Energy Solution", "Data Center Operations Team of the Year - Colo + Cloud", and the prestigious title "Renewable Energy Technology of the Year".

Byrne Murphy, Founder and Chairman of DigiPlex, said: “On behalf of the Board and the DigiPlex team, I want to extend our deep appreciation for the contributions of Gisle M. Eckhoff over the last five years. During his tenure, Gisle and his team has established DigiPlex as the market leader in the Nordic region by rapid geographical expansion, landing large customer contracts, winning over a dozen awards for excellence and by building the leading data centre brand in the region. We are delighted that he will remain as an advisor to DigiPlex’s Board”.

Gisle M. Eckhoff, outgoing CEO of DigiPlex, said: “I would like to thank the DigiPlex family, as well as our customers and partners for five fantastic years as CEO. With the momentum achieved over the past few years, the timing is right to place DigiPlex in the hands of new leadership supported by the great team in place. I look forward to being able to spend more time with my two young children and continue to support DigiPlex’s growth journey in my new role as advisor to the board.”
 

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