Chief Strategy and Development Officer
Eric Schwartz joined Equinix in 2006 and has held a series of senior-level management roles with the company. In his current role as Chief Strategy and Development Officer he directs corporate strategy, business development, technology and innovation, hyperscale initiatives and corporate development. This includes driving effective and holistic strategy and decision-making across the company to support both strategic and tactical elements of growth and expansion. As a part of this role, Schwartz oversees the company’s capital investment program to strengthen Equinix’s position as the platform for the architecture of choice for businesses as they increasingly move their strategic infrastructure to Platform Equinix.
Before moving to his current role, Schwartz led Equinix’s expansion to Europe, including the 2007 acquisition of IXEurope and the 2016 acquisition of Telecity. He served as President of the EMEA region from 2008-2019 and oversaw the management, strategy, and growth for Equinix in Europe and the Middle East. Under his leadership, the EMEA region expanded from $178 million in revenue in 2008 to $1.6 billion in 2018, and encompassed 73 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 15 countries.
Mr. Schwartz came to Equinix from BellSouth where he was Vice President of IP Communications and led the development and implementation of advanced technologies including VoIP. Prior to joining BellSouth, he was Executive Vice President of Harold A. Dawson Company, an Atlanta-based real estate development company. Mr. Schwartz also is a former member of McKinsey & Co., where he consulted with telecommunications and financial services companies in the United States and Asia on strategic issues.
Mr. Schwartz earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.