Mike Manos has resigned from Digital Realty Trust, the company said today. Manos’ departure comes less than a year after joining the company from Microsoft in April 2009. Manos has been one of the data center industry’s most visible executives, and been a regular speaker at major industry conferences and events.
“I have decided to leave the company to focus a bit more on some personal work/life balance issues,” Manos said in a post at his Loose Bolts blog. “With this move comes a new role that I will talk more of in the coming days and weeks. Digital was a great experience and I feel blessed in having made some life-long friends there as well.”
“Mike has made a tremendous contribution to Digital Realty Trust and we greatly appreciate his efforts,” said Michael Foust, CEO of Digital Realty Trust. “We understand that this was a difficult, personal decision for him and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
Manos came to Digital Realty from Microsoft, where he served as General Manager of Data Center Services for Global Foundation Services, and was responsible for data center construction, design and operations for all Microsoft’s data centers around the world. He had been a key advocate for containerized design principles seen in Microsoft’s new data centers.
At Digital Realty, Manos was responsible for the oversight of the company’s design and construction activities as well as technical operations. As of Monday, Vice President of Porfolio Management Dave Caron will have oversight responsibilities for DLR’s Technical Operations while CTO Jim Smith will have interim oversight responsibilities for Design and Construction.
“One of our core strengths is the depth and breadth of our team of datacenter professionals, which has also served to attract the best talent in the industry,” said Foust. “We look forward to building upon the contributions Mike has made to our organization as we continue to expand Digital Realty Trust’s leadership position in the datacenter industry.”