New CEO at Layered Technologies

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There’s been a leadership transition at Layered Technologies, where former Savvis President John (Jack) Finlayson will become chief executive officer on Nov. 26. Finlayson succeeds co-founder Michael Platner, who becomes vice chairman of the board of directors.

Finlayson, 52, recently served as a director for Layered Technologies. He served six years as president and COO of Savvis Communications, Inc. where he was an integral part of the Savvis IPO and acquisition of Cable and Wireless America (Exodus). Prior to SAVVIS, Finlayson held executive positions at Global Crossing, Motorola and AT&T.

“Layered Technologies has grown from an idea to a company with thousands of customers in multiple data centers and is now poised to move to the next level. I look forward to working with Jack to ensure a smooth transition,” said Platner.


“In four years at the helm, Michael Platner led the growth from a startup to a top 10 hosting provider in the US,” said Finlayson. “I believe the market demand is on the rise and the opportunities ahead of the company are significant.”

Layered Tech co-founder Todd Abrams will continue as company president. “I look forward to working with Todd while relying on Michael as a strategic ally,” said Finlayson, who will begin his new post Nov. 26 after a transition.

Layered Technologies, Inc. is a Plano, Texas-based provider of on-demand hosting, utility computing solutions and web services.

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