Equinix Australia's managing director jumps ship to Avaya

Equinix's managing director Tony Simonsen will be leaving his position to join Avaya Australia and New Zealand as its new managing director.

Equinix's managing director Tony Simonsen has jumped ship, and will be joining Avaya Australia and New Zealand as its new boss in early April.

Equinix has confirmed the departure of Simonsen from the company, wishing him "the best for his future role" and indicating that his last day will be on March 26.

"Candidates are currently being considered for the role. We will make an announcement when an appointment has been made," said the company, which will now be overseen by Doug Oates, Equinix Asia-Pacific vice president of sales, in the interim.

Mostly recently, Simonsen was responsible for the announcement of Equinix's AU$68 million investment into a new Victoria-based datacentre.

Simonsen has more than 20 years of management experience in multiple roles in ANZ and APAC EMC Corporation, Cisco, and Allied Technologies. He also spent four years with document and shipping technology firm Pitney Bowes, where he held two roles as ANZ managing director and enterprise vice president for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America markets.

In his new role, where he will be replacing Tim Gentry, Simonsen will be responsible for driving Avaya's business in both the enterprise market and the rapidly growing commercial segment in Australia and New Zealand.

Avaya Asia-Pacific president Mike Muller said he believes Simonsen will be able contribute significantly to the growth of the company.

"In searching for the right leader to drive our business in ANZ to new heights, we were focused on candidates with a clearly demonstrable track record of significant and sustained success in the technology sector. Tony has all the credentials, knowledge, and leadership skills to take our business forward strongly," he said.