Alessandra Carrasco promoted to Chief Executive Officer to continue growth of AIS’ state-of-the-art data center colocation facilities in the Western United States
American Internet Services (AIS), San Diego’s largest data center and the fastest-growing data center colocation company in Southern California, today announced that Alessandra Carrasco, the company’s current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer.
The announcement will be made today at the company’s premiere Gala Grand Opening and Tech Expo at AIS’ new, state-of-the-art Lightwave Data Center by Robert DeuPree, current CEO, who is stepping down effective immediately. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the Expo, where more than 30 booths from AIS’ business partners, colocation customers and vendors such as Cox, NEC, Level 3, and Time Warner will showcase cutting-edge aspects of technology.
“I am thrilled to take the reins of this successful company at a point where there is so much potential for growth and success,” Carrasco said. “I will work with the rest of the management team to ensure that AIS will continue to be the major player in the colocation business. Our new Lightwave Data Center in San Diego is a perfect example of our expansion plans for state-of-the-art data centers throughout the Western United States. We have over 105,000 square feet of Tier 3 data center space in San Diego, making us strategically positioned for continued aggressive growth and success.”
AIS’ new Lightwave Data Center is the largest colocation facility in San Diego with more than 80,000 square feet. The center was designed as a technology fortress with N+1 (or greater) redundancy in all data center systems, including bandwidth, power, HVAC, fire suppression and security.
Carrasco has more than 17 years of management experience in the telecommunications and technology industries and has been responsible for running the day-to-day operations of AIS during the last 18 months. She has been with AIS since 2004.
Prior to joining AIS, Carrasco was a sales director for a colocation subsidiary of Allegiance Telecom. She was also the western regional sales manager for Advance Radio Telecom (ART); a director of global sales and marketing for Comsat International and held various business development positions with Alcatel Telecom. Carrasco received her bachelor’s degree and Masters of Business Administration degree, specializing in high technology, from University of El Escorial in Madrid, Spain.
Carrasco replaces DeuPree, one of the founders who has led the company since its inception. The change comes as a result of the acquisition of AIS by Seaport Capital, a private equity firm with experience in expanding companies to be leaders in their markets.
“Alessandra is passionate about our business and has the management skills and wherewithal to direct the company at this important juncture,” DeuPree said. “AIS is currently the leader in state-of-the-art data center facilities in San Diego, and now with Seaport’s involvement, the company will be able to expand into new regions with the technology and systems we have developed.”
AIS was acquired by Seaport because of its leadership position in the San Diego market, high profit margins, talented staff, and enormous potential for rapid growth. Under Seaport’s direction, AIS is continuing operations as usual, with all of its previous employees. The company plans to expand its business model to include development in locations throughout the Western region of the United States.