DATA4 PRESENTS ITS NEW INTERNAL, CROSS-FUNCTIONAL AND SIMPLIFIED ORGANISATION TO SUPPORT ITS 5-YEAR GROWTH PLAN
“DATA4 is now at a major stage in its development. It was therefore essential to move away from our old silo approach to a cross-functional model. We have set up a simplified organisation in order to create the right conditions for our development”. These are the words of Olivier Micheli, President of DATA4 Group, who, following the announcement of a major fund-raising campaign and an investment plan of €650 million by 2024, intends to consolidate DATA4’s position as the leading native European data center player.
DATA4 provides its customers with state-of-the-art digital infrastructures and high-performance, secure and eco-responsible data hosting solutions. Ambitious investments over the next 5 years will enable the Group to derive ever-greater value by creating new market opportunities and strengthening its international leadership thanks to the quality of its services and the quality of its teams. In particular, DATA4 plans to build 23 new data centers to develop its current campuses and to strengthen its positioning in Germany, Central Europe and Scandinavia through an external growth strategy. By taking this new step in its development, DATA4 is fully positioned and committed to supporting its customers in their digital-transformation and value-creation challenges in an innovative and responsible manner.
These ambitions are supported by a new cross-functional internal organisation where each department can refocus on its core business and where local departments (France, Luxembourg, Italy and Spain) have greater autonomy.
An organisation composed of three main pillars to improve the Group’s operational and commercial efficiency
– A new “Strategy” department will provide management with strategic information on market trends and developments, support the development of new products and the digital transformation of the company;
– The “Business” strategy, which now includes the Technical, Finance and Commercial departments, will be 100% focused on the core business and execution of DATA4’s strategy;
– The Business Partners – Human Resources, Controlling and Marketing – will focus on supporting the Group’s operational organisation.
As part of this new organisation, the autonomy of the various countries in which the Group operates will be strengthened with an expanded scope of responsibility for local management teams and consolidated governance of each of the subsidiaries.
A restructured and strengthened management committee
The Management Committee is made up of an experienced team that, alongside Olivier Micheli, intends to successfully deploy the company’s ambitious strategic plan.
Among the members of the management team, DATA4 is pleased to announce the following appointments:
- Jérôme Totel, Vice President, Strategy
Jérôme Totel’s mission will be to lead DATA4’s change management by feeding the company’s strategic plan and sector watch in order to identify and develop service offers and a value proposition in line with market expectations. As head of all digital functions, he is also in charge of supporting DATA4’s digital transformation and optimising the customer journey thanks to his holistic and cross-cutting vision of business needs. He also manages the entire compliance and certification program as well as the Group’s environmental footprint management strategy.
- Alexandre Delaval Country Manager for France & Luxembourg
Previously VP of Sales in France, Alexandre Delaval has been appointed Country Manager for France & Luxembourg. He is in charge of maintaining the relationship of trust with DATA4 customers hosted in France and Luxembourg, local elected officials and stakeholders in the Saclay area. He will also be in charge of managing the growth strategy of the Marcoussis site, its infrastructures and major projects (construction, recruitment, energy, sustainable environment, security), as well as positioning DATA4 as a key player in data centers in France.
- Juan Vaamonde, Country Manager for Spain and Director of Operations
Appointed Country Manager for Spain in May 2019, DATA4 is extending his functions by entrusting him with the Group’s Operations Department. His experience in the operational management of data centers and in the field of hyper-convergence will enable him to optimise the service levels offered to customers, achieve operational excellence and support the Group’s growth.
- Sophie Semeria Thomas, Director of Human Resources, is adding new legal functions to her position.
Sophie Semeria Thomas, who joined DATA4 as Director of Human Resources, will be responsible for supporting the Group’s strong growth, which aims to double its workforce by the end of 2024 through a sustained recruitment plan, and for actively working on developing the employer brand. As a former lawyer, Sophie Semeria Thomas has also taken over responsibility for the legal team.
- Emmanuelle Carpente, Director of Financial Operations
Emmanuelle Carpente joined DATA4 as a new role was being created. As Director of Financial Operations, she is in charge of consolidating the Group’s financial department at all levels: procedures, accounting tools, reporting and analytical monitoring.