Board of Directors
Gary J. Wojtaszek is our President and Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2012. Mr. Wojtaszek was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBI on July 29, 2011 and was named President of CyrusOne effective August 5, 2011. Upon consummation of our initial public offering, Mr. Wojtaszek resigned as a member of the Board of Directors of Cincinnati Bell Inc. (which we refer to as “CBI”). Prior to becoming the President of CyrusOne in August 2011, Mr. Wojtaszek served as Chief Financial Officer of CBI beginning July 2008 and as Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer for the Laureate Education Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Wojtaszek worked from 2001 to 2008 at Agere Systems, the semiconductor and optical electronics communications division of Lucent Technologies, which was subsequently spun-off through an initial public offering. While at Agere Systems, Mr. Wojtaszek worked in a number of finance positions, ultimately serving as the Vice President of Corporate Finance, overseeing all Controllership, Tax and Treasury functions. Mr. Wojtaszek started his career in General Motors Company’s New York treasury group and joined Delphi Automotive Systems as the regional European treasurer in connection with the initial public offering and spin-off of Delphi Automotive Systems from General Motors.
William E. Sullivan has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2013. In June 2014, Mr. Sullivan began serving as Purdue University’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. From March 2007 to May 2012, Mr. Sullivan served as the Chief Financial Officer of ProLogis Inc. (“ProLogis”), a REIT operating as an owner, manager and developer of distribution facilities. Prior to joining ProLogis, Mr. Sullivan was the founder and President of Greenwood Advisors, Inc., a private financial consulting and advisory firm, from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Sullivan served as the Chairman (2001 to 2007) and Chief Executive Officer (2001 to 2005) of SiteStuff, Inc., a procurement solutions company specializing in real estate property and facility management. Mr. Sullivan worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (“Jones Lang LaSalle”), and its predecessor, LaSalle Partners, in a variety of positions from 1984 to 2001, including as Chief Financial Officer from 1997 to 2001 and as a member of the Board of Directors from 1997 to 1999. Prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle, he was a member of the Communications Lending Group of the First National Bank of Chicago and also served as a member of the tax division of Ernst & Ernst LLP, a predecessor to Ernst & Young LLP (“Ernst & Young”). Mr. Sullivan has also served as a director and audit committee chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, Inc. since September 2012, and as a director and audit committee chairman of Club Corp., since August 2013.
T. Tod Nielsen has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2013. Since June 2013, Mr. Nielsen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Heroku, a cloud application development company. Prior to that, Mr. Nielsen was Co-President, Applications Platform of VMware, Inc. (“VMware”). Mr. Nielsen served as VMware’s Chief Operating Officer from January 2009 to January 2011. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Borland Software Corporation from November 2005 to December 2008. From June 2005 to November 2005, Mr. Nielsen served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Global Sales Support for Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company. From August 2001 to August 2004, he served in various positions at BEA Systems, Inc., a provider of application infrastructure software, including Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Engineering. Mr. Nielsen also spent 12 years with Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) in various roles, including General Manager of Database and Developer Tools, Vice President of Developer Tools, and at the time of his departure, Vice President of Microsoft’s platform group. Mr. Nielsen is a current director of Club Holdings LLC and former director of MyEdu Corp.
Alex Shumate has served as a member of our Board of Directors since January 2013. Mr. Shumate has been appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board and Lead Independent Director, effective June 30, 2014. Mr. Shumate is currently the Managing Partner, North America, of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, an international law firm (“Squire Patton Boggs”), since 2009. Prior to that, he served as the Managing Partner of the Columbus, Ohio office of Squire Patton Boggs since 1991. He is a current director of The J.M. Smucker Company. He also served as a director of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company from 1998 until its acquisition in 2008, as well as Nationwide Financial Services from 2002 until its acquisition in 2009. He served as a director of CBI from 2005 to January 2013. Mr. Shumate resigned as a member of CBI’s Board of Directors upon consummation of our initial public offering.
Mr. Ferdman is the founder of CyrusOne, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 until its acquisition by CBI in June 2010. Following such acquisition, Mr. Ferdman served as the President of CyrusOne until August 5, 2011. Prior to founding CyrusOne Mr. Ferdman was the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of UWI Association Programs (d/b/a Eclipse Telecommunications), a facilities-based telecommunications service provider. As Chief Operating Officer of UWI, Mr. Ferdman was instrumental in the company's rapid growth, which culminated in its acquisition by IXC Communications (now part of Level 3 Communications Inc.) in 1998.
John W. Gamble Jr. has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2014. Mr. Gamble is currently Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Equifax Inc. From September 2005 to May 2014, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Lexmark International, Inc. In addition to corporate finance functions, he was responsible for Lexmark's investor relations, information technology, strategy and development, and internal audit and security functions. Prior to joining Lexmark, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Agere Systems, Inc. Mr. Gamble also served in finance leadership roles with AlliedSignal, Inc., and then Honeywell International, Inc., following the merger of the two entities. Earlier, Mr. Gamble served in a variety of finance capacities with General Motors. He began his career as an electrical engineer with Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
Lynn A. Wentworth has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2014. Ms. Wentworth is retired. Prior to retirement, she was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of BlueLinx Holdings Inc. (a building products distributor) from 2007 to 2008. Prior to joining BlueLinx, she was, most recently, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for BellSouth Corporation's Communications Group and held various other positions at BellSouth from 1985 to 2007. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Georgia. She is a director and chair of the Audit Committees of Graphic Packaging Holding Company and CBI.