GLP Taps Former Microsoft Executive Jennifer Weitzel to Lead Global Data Center Platform
Singapore, 19 July 2022 – GLP today announced the appointment of Jennifer Weitzel as President, Global Data Center Business. In her role, Jennifer will directly lead strategy, growth and operations of GLP’s data center business commencing across Japan, Europe and the Americas and partner with GLP’s IDC team in China to establish a leading global business within the data center space.
GLP has been investing in data centers since 2018, with existing assets that will provide in excess of 2 gigawatts (GW) of IT load capacity across the APAC region and over 500 megawatts (MW) across Europe and the Americas. The company believes it is well-positioned to establish a global business within the data center sector by leveraging its existing real estate portfolio and core capabilities of acquiring land for development; delivering high-quality, modern logistics facilities; while utilizing its ecosystem partnerships to drive innovation and operational efficiency. With a focus on sustainability, safety and the community, GLP is well-placed to deliver resilient, secure data centers and creative solutions that support the growth of its customers.
In her role, Jennifer will be assisted by experienced leaders skilled in the entire data center lifecycle from acquisition, development, business development and investment, and well-supported by dedicated investment and fund management teams to drive performance and value for both customers and investors.
Jennifer brings over two decades of experience leading world-class infrastructure teams supporting growth at Microsoft, Digital Realty, Tesco plc., British Airport Authority, and Walmart across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Amongst other achievements, Jennifer contributed to the growth and geo-expansion of Microsoft’s Cloud Operation and Innovation data center presence including securing and delivering new data center capacity, driving strategic initiatives across sales, cybersecurity, environmental health and safety, and diversifying the supply chain throughout the leased data center ecosystem. Prior to Microsoft, Jennifer spent seven years at Digital Realty in various executive leadership roles.
Ming Mei, co-founder and CEO of GLP said: “Data creation and demand for cloud services are rapidly expanding to support the acceleration of digital transformation across many sectors of the economy. Jennifer’s appointment is an important one as GLP seeks to grow and enhance our international data center footprint, building on our successful platform in China where we have over 20 active IDC projects in operation and development.”
“GLP is one of the most established logistics real estate brands in the market. With the benefits of its scale, customer relationships, renewables offerings and a full suite of development and investment capabilities, I believe that we have much to offer and I look forward to working with both customers and colleagues to continue to build up GLP’s Data Center business in the months and years ahead,” added Jennifer Weitzel.
Jennifer is a Canadian Professional Engineer and holds a B.Sc. in Applied Science and Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from London Business School.
GLP is a leading global investment manager and business builder in logistics, data centers, renewable energy and related technologies. Our combined investing and operating expertise allow us to create value for our customers and investors. We operate across Brazil, China, Europe, India, Japan, the U.S. and Vietnam and have more than $120 billion in assets under management in real estate and private equity.
We are committed to a broad range of ESG commitments that elevate our business, protect the interest of our shareholders and investors, support our employees and customers and enhance our local communities. Learn more at glp.com/global.
Craig A. Duffy
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