Chair of the Investment Committee
Steve Smith is currently a Managing Director of GI Partners, a US based investment fund focussed on data centre, data transport, wireless and tech enabled infrastructure investments in North America.
Prior to his time at GI Partners, Steve served as CEO and President of Equinix Inc for over a decade (2007-2018), transforming it into the largest enterprise data centre platform in the world. Under Steve’s leadership Equinix grew from 17 data centres operating in 10 markets and a US$2 billion market cap, to approximately 200 data centres with a US$38 billion market cap and operations in 24 countries on five continents.
Steve has held senior leadership positions at Hewlett Packard (2005-2006) which included serving as its Senior Vice President - Worldwide HP Services; Lucent Technologies Inc.(2004-2005), where he was appointed as Vice President, Global Professional and Managed Services and Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) (1987-2004), where he served in a number of capacities including Chief Sales Officer and President, Asia-Pacific.
Steve also had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army, where, among other roles, he was aide de-camp to the office of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. He is currently on the board of Flexential Inc. (since April 2018), and has served on several boards including Volterra Semiconductor Corporation, 3Par Inc, Actian Corporation, NetApp Inc and F5 Networks Inc.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.