German Internet exchange operator DE-CIX has appointed Ivo Ivanov as its new CEO.

Ivanov, who has worked at DE-CIX since 2007, replaces company founder Harald A. Summa. After 25 years at the top job, Summa will take a seat on the DE-CIX Supervisory Board.

Ivo Ivanov - CEO DE-CIX

“DE-CIX currently finds itself in an unprecedented growth phase," Summa said.

"I would like to thank all the companions, business partners, and above all the entire team for the extraordinarily successful development of DE-CIX in the last few decades. Who would have thought, 25 years ago, that DE-CIX could become one of the drivers of digitalization? And not only in Germany, but globally. Of that I am particularly proud."

The German Commercial Internet Exchange operates nearly 40 locations in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Asia.

DE-CIX interconnects thousands of network operators, Internet service providers, content providers, and enterprise networks from more than 100 countries and offers peering, cloud, and other interconnection services.

Its main Frankfurt Internet Exchanges has a data volume of close to 30 Exabytes per year, as of 2021, and almost 1,100 connected networks.

“Through our regional and global expansion strategy, as well as new interconnection services, we will fulfill the needs of enterprises of all sizes, and help them to accelerate their digitalization process," Ivanov said.

"As CEO, I look forward to leading DE-CIX through this new growth phase."

Along with the change in leadership, chief technology officer Dr. Thomas King has been appointed a seat on the board. Christian Reuter has been named chief sales officer, a new position, and will become a member of the board.

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