Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Senior Advisor - CEO of Zayo Group

Steve M. Smith is Chief Executive Officer at Zayo, the leading independent provider of communications infrastructure. Steve has over 30 years of expertise as a global leader in the technology sector and a deep background in managing and scaling market-leading technology businesses.

Most recently, Steve was a Managing Director at GI Partners, a leading private investment firm. From 2007 - 2018, he served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Equinix, the largest data center company globally. Under his leadership, Equinix grew from $2 billion to $34 billion in market value, while revenue increased from $400 million to $4.4 billion. Equinix also successfully integrated 21 acquisitions over 10 years representing over $25 billion in organic and inorganic investments during his tenure. Prior to Equinix, Steve served as Senior Vice President of HP Services, where he oversaw the management of the organization’s Consulting and Integration, Managed Services, and Technology Deployment and Support business groups. Previously, Steve served as Senior Vice President of Global Professional and Managed Services at Lucent Technologies. He has also held various leadership positions during his 16 years with Electronic Data Systems Corporation, including Chief Sales Officer, President of EDS Asia-Pacific, and President of EDS Western Region.

Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of Zayo, Flexential, a GI Partners portfolio company, and NextDC, a publicly traded data center company in Australia.

Steve 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 graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and holds a B.S. in Engineering.