EVP, Global Operations
Raouf Abdel joined Equinix in 2012, and today he is head of Global Operations overseeing engineering, construction, and operations for the company. Previously he served as Regional Operating Chief, Americas where he successfully led IBX Operations through significant growth and expansion. Mr. Abdel has 30 years of experience in the datacenter, telecom, and construction industries. Prior to joining Equinix, he was President and CEO for OpTerra Energy Group where he was responsible for building the company’s business plan, securing funding and day to day operations. Before that Mr. Abdel was President, Business Markets Group, at Level 3 Communications where he led the company's $1 Billion Enterprise business unit. He also held numerous leadership roles at Level 3 in network deployment, product development and M&A. Prior to Level 3, Mr. Abdel served as VP of Network Deployment at MFS Communications and was responsible for network and facility deployment throughout the US, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Abdel holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Temple University in Philadelphia.