Significant contribution to the effective management comes from IXcellerate’s shareholders and senior management, who have vast experience in successful running of data centres.
CEO and Chairman of the Board
Guy Willner, co-founder and CEO of IXcellerate, is one of the leading international experts in the field of building and operating data centers. He is regularly named among top-50 most influential people in the data center, cloud computing and big data industry within EMEA ( Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Guy has been holding senior positions in high-tech and big data companies for over 20 years. In 1998, he founded IXEurope, starting with the construction of a data center in the suburbs of London and after nine years running a network of 14 data centers in Western Europe. In 2007, IX Europe was acquired for $ 555 million by Equinix, the undisputed market leader in data centers around the world.
After gaining industry experience Guy started to explore Emerging Markets and created IXcellerate. Known for his charisma, “out of the box” thinking and deep understanding of the market, Guy’s influence over the data centre market continues to grow, holding Non- Executive Board position with Lambda Helix in Greece and co-founding IXAfrica in Kenya. With IDC-G group chair Guy is frequently asked to advise newcomers and investors on market trends and data centre global development.
Guy graduated in 1986 from Oxford Brookes University with a BSc in Engineering. When time allows, he enjoys sailing and playing guitar.
Konstantin is a recognised leader in IT, Telecommunications and Data Centre services industries.
Konstantin has a solid international background in setting up and leading key data center companies to the top of the market, ensuring service delivery across over 15 countries. Having more than 25 years of professional experience, he has held various executive positions at major operators across Europe and Asia, including Interxion (Europe), Virtus (UK) and Chayora (China).
Konstantin is fluent in nuances and particular characteristics of commercial and sales strategies, business development, investment evaluation, business planning and market analysis, data center design, construction and operations optimization, product development and service delivery models.
Education: M.Sc. degree (graduated with honors) in Microelectronics from the University of fine chemical technologies in Moscow. He studied Strategic Marketing Management at the Business School in Helsinki, Finland and Corporate Finance at the London Business School of the University of London.
Chief Financial Officer
Maksim Mikhailov is a top executive with over 15 years of professional experience in the field of financial and investment planning, business analysis and commercial management in Russia’s largest insurance, construction, financial, pharmaceutical companies.
Before joining IXcellerate Maksim was the financial director of “Glorax Development”, in charge of the financial and legal structure of the holding, building the partners’ pool, business strategy development and automation of their internal processes. Prior to that, Maxim delivered performance evaluation models and accounting systems at “Maks” insurance company and “Detsky Mir” retail stores.
He graduated from the Financial University under the Government of Russian Federation, with a PhD in Economic Sciences.
Sergey leads the technical team and is responsible for the IXcellerate’s data center operations, capacity planning and construction of the new facilities.
A highly-qualified engineer, Sergey has over 20 years of professional experience. Prior to IXcellerate he worked as Deputy Head of Technical Operations at MAKS corporation. Sergey’s vast experience stems from his career in the Russian Air Force, which he joined as an Operations Technician rising through the ranks to Senior Engineer specializing in the logistical management of government personnel and Armed Forces.
Graduated from Saint-Petersburg Higher School of Radioelectronics. Uptime Institute Professional Services have awarded Sergey the Accredited Tier Specialist 1361 certificate.
Chief Commercial Officer
At IXcellerate, Konstantin is leading the sales department and sets the commercial strategy, aimed to achieve breakthrough growth for the company.
An efficient sales and business development leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the IT and Telecom industry, Konstantin brings to IXcellerate an outstanding track record of direct sales and top-tier account management gained at global vendors like Lenovo, 3Com, EMC and ViewSonic.
Konstantin graduated from the Military University of Russian Ministry of Defense. He holds an MBA degree from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of Russian Federation.
Chief Marketing Officer
Dina Nurkaeva is in charge of Marketing & Communications at IXcellerate, being responsible for planning, developing, implementing and monitoring the overall business marketing strategy and operations. Together with her team, she has built and maintains the IXcellerate brand as a leading Datacentre provider, generating revenue by increasing sales leads and strengthening awareness through global and local PR initiatives.
With more than 20 years of marketing experience in the IT sector, she held various senior positions with globally recognized brands, including HP and SAP. Before coming to IXcellerate she was the Business Development Director at Unify (previously Siemens Enterprise Communications), where she was responsible for marketing and growth planning.
Dina holds a BSc Economics and MBA degrees from Moscow State University.
Customer Service and Key Accounts Director
Galina is responsible for client services, key account management as well as support coordination for all data center residents, ensuring the best customer experience at IXcellerate.
Having over 25 years of professional experience Galina successfully manages projects in market development, setting partners’ network and commercial operations. Since 2000 Galina worked in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining IXcellerate Galina was driving sales, billing and setting points of presences at such carriers as DirectNet, Priortel, Globus-telekom, Golden Telecom and Beeline (Vympelcom).
She graduated with honors in Environmental Engineering from Moscow State University of Nature and Water resources.
Legal Director & Compliance Officer
Oksana is in charge of legal and compliance matters for the IXcellerate group of companies.
An expert in the field of international private law, personal data law and intellectual property protection, Oksana has 20 years of legal practice across multiple industries, including IT, e-commerce , PR and marketing, start-ups. Before joining IXcellerate she was in charge of legal support for BlaBlaCar and ASICS, building this function from scratch. Oksana has participated in the acquisition of a globally rated Top-3 PR company, ranked among TOP-3 globally, by US corporation Edelman subsequently setting up the legal and compliance processes. Her experience in managing legal support covers both Russia and the CIS.
Oksana graduated from the RANEPA, upgrading her qualifications at the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and specializing in the field of international commercial law – at the Moscow State Law Academy. She gained her LLM degree at the University of Manchester, in the UK.