Guy Willner

CEO
IXcellerate

Guy Willner has over 20 years of leadership and enterprise in globally high tech companies. His data centre influence dates back to 1998 when he co-founded IXEurope. A leader in high-end data centre services IXEurope started by building its first data centre in Slough, setting the location for future data centre infrastructure.  Within 9 years IXEurope accelerated from one data centre in the UK to 14 throughout Western Europe. Guy raised approximately $100 million in venture capital as the CEO and the company’s revenue grew over 600% in its first 3 years. It was listed as Europe’s fastest growing company in 2002 Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and Guy received personal recognition as a semi-finalist in the UK’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2003. In 2007 IXEurope was acquired by Equinix Inc for $555 million.

Prior to IXEurope Guy worked for Compagnie Generale des Eaux (Vivendi Group) between 1992 and 1998 both in the UK and in Hungary establishing a telecommunications operator culminating in $210 million EBRD funding.

His career within the technology industry began with Philips NV in Paris and Vienna working in CDROM, Smart Card and Minitel technologies.

After IXEurope Guy continued to support and interest in the datacentre industry with a focus on emerging markets. In Johannesburg Guy invested alongside the IFC (World Bank) in Teraco, overseeing its progress to become the main hub in South Africa with the largest peering point on the African continent, NAPAfrica. The company was recently acquired by Permira. 

In 2012 Guy ventured into Russia and set up IXcellerate, foreseeing the growth of the Russian data centre market in what is Europe’s largest Internet market (80 million users) with investment by the IFC and Sumitomo Corporation. Despite Western sanctions on Russia, IXcellerate has attracted some of the biggest global names in Internet, E-commerce, Gaming and Financial markets.

Guy’s influence over the data centre market does not stop there and with many upcoming new projects, Guy is frequently asked to advise newcomers into the market as well as consult some of the existing well-known players within the industry. His IDC-G group has helped a number of emerging markets data centre operators such as MainOne (Lagos, Nigeria) and Telconet (Ecuador).

Guy is also non-Executive Director of Athens’ leading data centre operator Lamda Hellix. Guy graduated in 1986 from Oxford Brookes University with a BSc in Engineering.