Data Center Exec Josefsberg Departs Microsoft

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The executive changes continue in the data center industry, including a recent move by a long-time Microsoft veteran. Last month Arne Josefsberg began a new post as the Chief Technology Officer at SaaS provider ServiceNow. Josefsberg had been with Microsoft for 25 years, serving most recently as GM of Infrastructure for Global Foundation Services, which operates the company’s data centers.

“I am excited to be joining ServiceNow as the company prepares for its next stage of tremendous growth,” said Josefsberg. “I see many parallels with this company and in services I helped build that experienced hyper growth. ServiceNow is uniquely positioned to help companies transform the way they manage their business and I look forward to evolving our platform to always exceed customer expectations.”

Josefsberg is the second executive to depart GFS this year. Kevin Timmons departed last spring and is now CTO at colocation provider CyrusOne. So what does the new leadership look like at Microsoft Global Foundation Services? Here’s a look at the current leadership, provided by Microsoft:

Dayne Sampson
Corporate Vice President
Responsible for the strategy and delivery of the foundational cloud platform for Microsoft’s search, advertising, live, cloud, and 400+ online services including data centers, networking, security, tier 1, infrastructure applications & tools, operational management, and environmental sustainability considerations.

Christian Belady
GM, Data Center Advanced Development
Responsible for the research and development of Microsoft’s data centers. He is an originator of the PUE, CUE and WUE industry metrics used to assess the efficiency of data centers today.

Dileep Bhandarkar
Distinguished Engineer
Responsible for managing the roadmap for the application of new technologies that support Microsoft’s evolving cloud infrastructure and produce a competitive advantage.

Pete Boden
GM, Online Services Security & Compliance
Responsible for managing the security of the cloud infrastructure, driving compliance, and improving effectiveness of controls and resiliency of services.

Steven Gerri
GM, Business Group Engagement
Responsible for ensuring the delivery of cloud infrastructure services to Microsoft’s internal business groups.

Chris Hanaoka
GM, Manageability Services Group
Responsible for software development (e.g., automation, monitoring, asset management and tooling) for Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure.

Jon Plonka
GM, Global Networking Services
Responsible for managing and delivering the highly-reliable network that connects Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure globally.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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