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Johannisson Emerges Rack Centre New CEO

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Rack Centre, West Africa’s Carrier and Cloud neutral data centre has announced the appointment of Lars Johannisson as its new chief executive officer. Johannisson, an accomplished leader with extensive experience in transformative industries, assumes the role effective January 2024. According to the group chief officer of Rack Centre, Jasper Lankhorst, the company Is excited to welcome Lars into the leadership team of Rack Centre with his wealth of experience and robust industry knowledge.

“We are delighted to welcome Lars Johannisson as the new Chief Executive Officer of Rack Centre. His wealth of experience and strategic leadership will propel Rack Centre to new heights. I have full confidence in Lars’s ability to steer our company towards continued success, and I look forward to working closely with him to advance our position as a leading data center provider”, said Lankhorst,

Speaking on his new role as the CEO of Rack Centre, Johannisson highlighted the company’s market leadership and its leading position as a Carrier and Cloud neutral Tier-III Data center in Nigeria. He expressed his commitment to contributing to the digital ecosystem growth in Nigeria and is delighted to be part of a team dedicated to launching a new hyperscale-ready, 12MW data centre facility in Lagos in 2024. 

Lars has extensive experience working in Telecom, IT Delivery, Managed Services, and Digital skilling. He has been passionate about leading organizations in transformative industries in Africa over the last 14 years and has executed large B2B projects in more than 30 Sub-Saharan countries.

He holds an MBA in General Management/Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics and has completed the Stanford University Executive Program on “Design, Innovation and Business Transformation. He has actively participated in “Digital and Economic Inclusion” discussions in Sub-Saharan Africa and has sponsored economic inclusion initiatives for hiring and training youth in IT through partnerships with major CSV partners.

Before becoming a member of Rack Centre, Johannisson was the CEO of Teleperformance in Sub-Saharan Africa, heading the world’s leading company in digital CX and BPO in the group’s emerging market and previously at Ericsson, SolarNow, and the YNV Group.

Rack Center's robust ecosystem includes over 64 telecommunication carriers, Internet Service Providers, global Tier 1 networks, and pan-Africa international carriers. The company became the first International Finance Corporation (IFC) EDGE-certified data center in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa This certification officially designated Rack Center as the first Green-Certified Data Centre in Africa, further elevating its position as the most connected facility in the West Africa region, according to its Peeing DB ranking.