Cologix Names Laura Ortman as CEO, Succeeding Bill Fathers

Sept. 28, 2022
Data center and interconnection specialist Cologix has appointed Laura Ortman as its Chief Executive Officer. Ortman, currently the President of Cologix will begin her new post on October 12 as she succeeds Bill Fathers, who will continue as chairman of the board.

Data center and interconnection specialist Cologix has appointed Laura Ortman as its Chief Executive Officer. Ortman, who is currently holds the position of President and Chief Revenue Officer at Cologix, will begin her new post on October 12.

Ortman succeeds CEO Bill Fathers, who will remain as Chairman of Cologix’s Board of Directors and as a Senior Operating Partner at Stonepeak, the infrastructure fund that is the controlling shareholder in Cologix.

“I am excited to lead this exceptional and high-performing organization through its next chapter of growth,” said Ortman. “It is an honor to lead and work alongside the amazing team at Cologix. I look forward to building on the strong foundation and positive growth we have established over the past few years. I want to thank Bill for his vision, leadership, partnership and collaboration over the years.”

Laura Ortman is the new CEO for Cologix, succeeding Bill Fathers. (Photo: Cologix)

Ortman brings 25 years of expertise as a leader of technology companies, holding executive leadership positions at Equinix and VMware before joining Cologix. As President and Chief Revenue Officer at Cologix, Ortman led strategic sales and revenue strategy, focusing on deepening customer relationships and broadening the company’s go-to-market strategy. During her time as President and Chief Revenue Officer, Ortman was responsible for driving record revenue growth and being central to several key decisions, including the launch of Scalelogix hyperscale platform.

“Laura is an innovative and dynamic leader, and the ideal choice to guide Cologix as it continues its expansion in the fast-growing, digital infrastructure market opportunity,” said Fathers. “Her extensive industry knowledge, highly effective leadership style and a proven ability to adapt and innovate while delivering operational excellence will continue to be major assets as we work to meet the immense demands of the growing digital economy. I am confident Laura’s customer-centric approach will propel Cologix to new heights as we continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

Ortman’s appointment follows several years of continuing expansion and partnership with Stonepeak, including a $3 billion equity recapitalization in April 2022.

“Throughout her tenure at Cologix, Laura has been instrumental in making the company the financially and operationally strong organization it is today,” said Stonepeak Managing Director Cyrus Gentry. “We know she is an exceptional leader, and like her predecessor, Bill Fathers, has the same vision to guide Cologix as we progress on the company’s expansion efforts.”

Ortman joined Cologix in August of 2018 as President and Chief Revenue Officer. Ortman encourages and supports other women in the company and spearheaded the creation of Cologix’s first Employee Resource Group – the Cologix Women’s Connection Network. She also is a Board member of Digital Edge DC based in Singapore. She holds an MBA in Information Systems from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Marketing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she played tennis as a NCAA college athlete.

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Rich Miller

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