Nicola will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the association and will work closely with the chairman and board to ensure that its members are effectively represented and strategic objectives communicated and implemented.
The decision is part of a long term plan to widen the association’s membership and relevance across Europe. During its annual meeting in June, the board recognised that the industry is in a period of change and determined that the association needed to be able to evolve in order to best serve its members. The task of leading the association during this period falls to the new chairman, Apostolos Kakkos, CEO of Lamda Helix, the Greek data centre operator, together with a newly appointed board. Speaking about Nicola’s appointment, Kakkos said, ‘In order to ensure the growth of the association and its relevance to operators of all sizes across Europe, it was determined that a managing director, independent of the member organisations, should be taken on. We are delighted to have Nicola on board. Her long history of working within the industry at both European and international levels as well as her experience of working with other national trade associations will prove invaluable to the long term success of the European Data Centre Association.’
Nicola Hayes, together with board members, will be present at the BroadGroup DataCloud Nordic event in Stockholm on the 20th October, where a briefing will be held explaining the Association’s aims, objectives and member benefits.