Telx CEO Eric Shepcaro Passes Away

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Eric Shepcaro, the CEO of Telx Group

Eric Shepcaro, the CEO of Telx Group.

Eric Shepcaro, the Chief Executive Officer of Telx, passed away Saturday after an illness. Shepcaro led the company through a period of tremendous growth, during which it became a national provider of interconnection and colocation services, with operations in major Internet gateways in markets around the U.S. He was a familiar speaker at industry events in the telecom and data center sectors.

Shepcaro joined Telx as CEO shortly after the company was acquired by GI Partners in late 2006, and continued as CEO after Telx was acquired by ABRY Partners and Berkshire Partners in 2011. Prior to joining Telx, Shepcaro worked for AT&T, where he served as senior vice president of Business Development and Emerging Services and chaired AT&T’s Emerging Technology Customer Board. He has also held executive positions at Netelligence Technologies, Digital Island and Sprint.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Eric Shepcaro our CEO, a visionary and an inspiring leader,” said Ron Sterbenz, Corporate Communications Officer for Telx, in a statement. “No words can express our sadness and gratitude for his mentoring and contributions to Telx and our collective thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. We will honor his legacy with a continued commitment to our customers and to Telx’s success.”

Shepcaro had recently taken time off from his duties, during which the day-to-day management of Telx was overseen by an executive team led by President and CFO Chris Downie and board member John Kelly.

Eric was always generous with his time and eager to discuss Telx and the data center industry. He will be missed.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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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  1. Thomas Hutchings

    I'm so sad over this. From day one of Eric's time at Telx he was always very kind and supportive of me. Eric's initial approval and positive attitude has always given me so much confidence and inspiration as a Provisioning manager at Telx. Thanks for believing in me, Eric! It's hard to believe he's really gone. He was such a fun person to be around and you could always tell he was sincere whenever he gave any compliments or positive praise or was just getting down to some business. I'll mostly miss his Jersey Shore jokes at quarterly meetings and his laughter. It breaks my heart that we'll have to move forward without such a great leader, but we'll move forward and upward with his thoughtful legacy high in our hearts. He would definitely want that overall. RIP Eric Shepcaro.

  2. Lynne Vellucci

    I had the pleasure of meeting Eric in Atlanta in 1992 and becoming his EA; from that work relationship we bonded as great friends and I was considered part of the family. My heart is broken because I lost a true friend in Eric. Throughout the years he has moved to the West Coast back to the East Coast and no matter where the Shepcaro family was located we kept in touch. May he R I P and know that I will miss him so much! Forever in my heart. Love Lynne

  3. Eric was a respected fixture in the data center community. He was always approachable and eager to discuss the business and gave his time openly to the data center community. On top of that, he was a true gentleman. Eric, you will be missed.

  4. A great leader, who will be sorely missed. each time we met we enjoyed humour and business creativity in equal measure. It has been a privilege to have known him. my thoughts go to his family and loved ones at this time of loss. regards Michael Tobin

  5. Karen Bennett

    I have the fortune of being hired by and working with Eric at Sprint starting in 1988 through 1995. I just learned today of his passing. He was a true mentor and friend to me early in my career. We had reconnected just a few years ago. My heart is heavy for his family.