Nordic data center firm DigiPlex, has just appointed Wiljar Nesse as its new Chief Executive Officer starting on March 1, 2020.

Nesse was the Executive Vice President of financial services at IT software and service company TietoEVRY, a DigiPlex customer. Before then, he held senior positions at chemical company Elkem, financial information firm Dow Jones, and CEO/part-owner of financial advisory firm Manamind AS.

“We are seeing increased demand from both our enterprise customers who continue to move their digital infrastructure from on-premise solutions into combinations of colocation and cloud, as well as from the largest IT companies in the world looking to capitalize on the advantages of placing their data centers in the Nordics,” said Byrne Murphy, Founder and Chairman of DigiPlex.

“Wiljar possesses qualities that met our extensive list of requirements during the recruitment process. His deep IT industry experience, visionary and inspiring leadership approach and strong customer focus makes Wiljar the perfect candidate to lead DigiPlex during this time of unprecedented transformation of the Nordic data center industry.”

In addition to his portfolio, Nesse is a board member of the trade and employer’s association Abelia and a selected member of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) panel for future business and industry in Norway.

As announced, Nesse will succeed Gisle M. Eckhoff, who after five years, will retire from his position as CEO, but remain as an advisor to the Company’s Board.

“I would like to thank the DigiPlex family, as well as our customers and partners for five fantastic years as CEO,” said Eckhoff.

“With the momentum achieved over the past few years, the timing is right to place DigiPlex in the hands of new leadership supported by the great team in place. I look forward to being able to spend more time with my two young children and continue to support DigiPlex’s growth journey in my new role as advisor to the board.”

With Eckhoff as CEO, DigiPlex has grown across the Nordic region, opening or expanding data centers in Oslo, Stockholm, and Fetsund, among others. The company stepped into the Danish market with the acquisition of a Telia data center in central Copenhagen and most recently started the construction of two 100% renewable energy powered data centers near Oslo, Norway.