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9 February, 2015

IXcellerate, Russia’s premier carrier-neutral data centre operator, is pleased to announce the appointment of Roman Linin as Chief Financial Officer, joining Dmitry Fokin, COO and Guy Willner CEO.

Roman brings about invaluable business experience in management, finance and accounting. Before joining IXcellerate Roman held a position of Investment Director in the Elbrus Capital, a private equity fund, responsible for investments and management of portfolio companies.

A previous CEO in Kronverk Cinema, Russia’s leading cinema chain. Kronverk Cinema belongs to A1 Investments, a private equity unit of Alfa Group Consortium, in which Roman worked as Deputy Director of Asset Management.

Prior to his time in A1 Investments, Roman worked in the London office of Booz Allen Hamilton, and formerly in the Corporate Center of Alfa Group Consortium and in PricewaterhouseCoopers where he gained his ACCA.

“Roman’s impressive background in both finance and management makes him a great fit for his new position. His high level of expertise will play an integral role in IXcellerate’s on-going aggressive consolidation project,” said Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate. “We welcome him to our team and look forward to his contribution in the financial management of IXcellerate’s rapid growth.”

“The current situation in Russia presents a number of expansion opportunities for companies like ours which have strong long-term financial backing. The arrival of Roman will allow us to focus more on these opportunities” said Dmitry Fokin, COO of IXcellerate.

This addition to IXcellerate follows their strong performance in the market during the last quarter of 2014. With the new information law emerging in Russia in September 2015, making it compulsory to store data in Russia; opportunities for a local Tier 3 Datacentre have increased and Roman’s presence in the team will consolidate and strengthen their market position.

Roman has commented on his recent move to the leading data centre player in Moscow “I am excited to join the executive team at IXcellerate, they are strategically smart and financially savvy with their operations. I was drawn by team’s dedication to solid market growth and the development opportunities given to their employees ensures they deliver the best that is available in data centre operations.”

Roman graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute with Masters’ degree in Applied Mathematics and Higher School of Economics with Masters’ degree in Economics. In 2006 Roman graduated from an MBA program at Harvard Business School. Roman is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) since 2000.

About IXcellerate:
IXcellerate is an unparalleled carrier neutral datacentre operator in Moscow, which is comparable to the quality of datacentres in America and Western Europe. IXcellerate offers pure-play co-location designed to meet the standards of financial institutions, multinational corporations, international carriers and major content operators.

Opened in 2012, IXcellerate’s Tier 3+ Moscow One Datacentre stands on its own dedicated campus of 15,000m2 located within the MKAD ring road of Moscow. IXcellerate Moscow One provides clients with a bespoke solution aimed towards solving their unique datacentre requirements, offering co-location services including private and secure cages, combined with on-hand technical support 24/365. Within our carrier-neutral facility, affordable and resilient connectivity is available in Russia and the entire World. Expansion phases have the potential to increase the co-location floor space to over 6500m², with power feeds planned up to 13.7 MVA.

IXcellerate was founded by Guy Willner (co-founder and former CEO of IXEurope, former President Europe for Equinix Inc.), and Cliff Gauntlett (former SVP of Golden Telecom in Russia).

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