DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global data center service provider CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ: CONE), which specializes in providing highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties to the Fortune 1000, today announced changes to its Board of Directors.
The Company announced that John F. (Jack) Cassidy has decided to retire from the Board, effective June 30, 2014. Mr. Cassidy has been a director of CyrusOne since July 2012 and Chairman of the Board since January 2013.
"On behalf of our entire Board and the Company’s senior leadership team, we thank Jack for his outstanding service," said Gary J. Wojtaszek, President and Chief Executive Officer of CyrusOne. "His experience and leadership were instrumental in the design and implementation of Cincinnati Bell’s (NYSE: CBB) entry into the data center colocation business, including the acquisition of Cyrus Networks in 2010. His leadership was also integral to the Company’s successful IPO in 2013 and we are grateful for his years of support and counsel. We wish Jack the very best in his retirement."
As a result of Mr. Cassidy’s retirement, Alex Shumate, a CyrusOne director since January 2013, has been appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director, to be effective upon Mr. Cassidy’s retirement. Since 2009, Mr. Shumate has been the Managing Partner, North America, of Squire Sanders (US) LLP, an international law firm, and he has served as the Managing Partner of its Columbus, Ohio office since 1991. He is also a current director of The J.M. Smucker Company.
“We are very pleased Mr. Shumate will be transitioning into the role of Chairman of the Board of CyrusOne,” said Mr. Wojtaszek. “In addition to his current experience on our Board and his familiarity with the senior leadership team, Alex brings a breadth of experience and strong business acumen, which will be instrumental to his role as Chairman. All of us are looking forward to his leadership.”
Mr. Shumate is also a member of the Board’s Audit Committee, and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and serves as the chair of the Compensation Committee. He previously served as a director of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company from 1998 until its acquisition in 2008, as well as Nationwide Financial Services from 2002 until its acquisition in 2009. He served as a director of Cincinnati Bell from 2005 to January 2013.
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CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) specializes in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The Company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for more than 625 customers, including nine of the Fortune 20 and 135 of the Fortune 1000 companies.
CyrusOne's data center offerings provide the flexibility, reliability, and security that enterprise customers require and are delivered through a tailored, customer service-focused platform designed to foster long-term relationships. CyrusOne's National IX platform provides robust connectivity options to drive revenue, reduce expenses, and improve service quality for enterprises, content, and telecommunications companies. CyrusOne is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its 25 data centers worldwide.