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IXcellerate marks new phase of expansion with board shake-up

Company pushes ahead with further expansion in and out of Moscow, targeting a market with more than 140 million inhabitants.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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July 08, 2021 | 2:59 PM BST

IXcellerate marks new phase of expansion with board shake-up

Andrei Aksenov, the new CEO of IXcellerate. Source: IXcellerate

Russia’s fast growing colocation operator IXcellerate has appointed Andrei Aksenov as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

This position was previously held by Guy Willner, who combined the positions of CEO and chairman of the board of directors.

The shareholders and the board of directors decided to localise the top management positions and relocate them to Russia due to the company’s active growth and development plans in the Russian market.

Aksenov’s main objectives are the implementation of IXcellerate’s long-term strategy, continuing to serve customers’ growth requirements through delivery of more data centre capacity in Moscow and through regional expansion.

The company said it intends to capture 25% of the Russian commercial data centre market by 2023.

Guy Willner will continue to lead the company as chairman of the board, with primary focus on strategy development, building investor and international client relationships.

Willner, chairman of IXcellerate, said: “We valued Andrei’s extensive experience, management skills and leadership qualities and we expect that with his help the company will deliver all its plans, including a possible listing in the next two to four years.

“We welcome the new CEO of IXcellerate and are confident that the management paradigm shift will benefit the company: a Russian entity should be run by a person, who lives in Russia full time, knows the market intimately well and keeps his finger on its pulse.   

Aksenov is an expert in telecommunications, IT services and investments. For the last eight years, he headed Strela Telecom, a regional broadband internet and cable TV provider, and OSG Records Management, a records management and storage company in Russia and CIS.

These companies were previously portfolio investments of Elbrus Capital, where Aksenov served as vice president in 2007-2013.

Aksenov graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, where he also completed his post-graduate studies (PhD in Economics). He also received an ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) diploma.

Andrei Aksenov, CEO of IXcellerate, added: “I am very excited to apply my experience to such a promising industry as the data center. I am honoured to be part of IXcellerate, one of the fastest growing players in this market, and I will do my best to justify the trust placed in me.

“IXcellerate is not only a pioneering company at the forefront of digital technologies, but also a great team, a democratic atmosphere, a cult of excellence and high level of customer service.

Konstantin Borman, who has been leading the company for the last 18 months as managing director, has decided to reunite with his family and therefore will leave his position and return to the Netherlands.

IXcellerate’s management added that it would like to thank him for the work done: business growth accelerated, and all the strategic milestones were achieved under his leadership.

Watch chairman Guy Willner take part in The Tech Capital’s launch event last June:

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