Colocation, Cloud Hosting Provider ViaWest Names Co-Founder Nancy Phillips CEO

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

Nancy Phillips, co-founder and chief operating officer at ViaWest, has taken over as CEO from outgoing chief executive and long-time business partner Roy Dimoff

Colocation, cloud and managed hosting provider ViaWest announced on Thursday that it had appointed Nancy Phillips, the company’s co-founder and chief operating officer, its new CEO. Phillips will replace outgoing CEO Roy Dimoff, another co-founder, who will remain chairman of the ViaWest board of directors.

“After almost fourteen years as ViaWest’s chief executive officer, i’ve decided it’s the right time to transition full executive responsibility to my long-time business partner and co-founder, Nancy Phillips,” says Dimoff, quoted within the press release announcing the appointment. “Together we’ve got built an important organization that, i’m proud to claim, has established an extended track record of success. Nancy is the correct person to construct on ViaWest’s strong foundation, and i’ve the maximum confidence that the corporate will continue to thrive under her executive leadership.”

ViaWest is a significant operator of information center space, operator of 24 facilities in Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Utah and Nevada, and a big supplier of knowledge center space to companies within the internet hosting space. Therefore, Phillips is definite to have a power over the hosting business from the CEO role.

In the announcement, ViaWest says Phillips takes over the role during a period of success for the corporate, in addition to strong growth for the industry.

“ViaWest has accomplished greatly since 1999,” says Phillips, quoted within the press release. “We have now the proper strategy, momentum in our markets, high-caliber employees, strong leadership and an amazing reputation for customer support and product innovation. i glance forward to leading the corporate as we continue to grab the opportunities ahead and build for the longer term.”

ViaWest has excited by building out its data center portfolio this year, through both acquisition and by leasing space.

In April ViaWest announced that it had closed on $65 million in debt financing. Shortly thereafter, ViaWest put that financing to work, announcing the lease on a 110,000 square foot data center space in Las Vegas.

Later within the year, ViaWest acquired another Las Vegas-based data center from CoreLink, doubling its capacity within the area.

ViaWest is additionally a captivating example of an information center and hosting business wherein the founders played a key role in managing the business following its acquisition. After Oak Hill Capital Partners and GI Partners in 2010, founders Dimoff and Phillips have remained on the helm.

Both investors have strong track records within the hosting space. Oak Hill’s other properties include Cincinnati Bell (and its data center subsidiary CyrusOne), and Telecity Group. GI Partners’ investments include SoftLayer, a hosting business also seeing great success while still helmed by its founding team.

“Nancy and Roy have both been fundamental to ViaWest’s success through the years,” says Robert Morse, a partner at Oak Hill. “Roy’s leadership has put ViaWest in a completely strong position.  Customers, partners and employees could have great confidence that, under Nancy’s direction, ViaWest will remain a pacesetter on this growing industry.”

Talk back: Do you’re employed with ViaWest as a supplier of information center space- Do you observed the corporate sets a fascinating example of the way founders and investors can co-exist successfully following an acquisition- Tell us inside the comments.

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