DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center REIT, today announced a workforce reduction, effective immediately, that impacts 55 employees, representing approximately 12% of the Company’s workforce. Affected employees will receive severance, and customary transition assistance will be provided.
“This step to rightsize the organization, while not an easy decision, will result in enhanced margins and higher profitability over time, strengthening our position in the current environment as we maintain our focus on driving organic growth,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president and chief executive officer of CyrusOne. “In recognition of the continued moderation in demand from hyperscale customers, a trend we first identified in late 2018, we believe it is appropriate to reduce our cost structure to more closely align the business with current market conditions. We continually evaluate our expense structure and have been very proactive in identifying opportunities to generate efficiencies, which this action further supports.”
Additionally, the Company announced that it has mutually agreed with Tesh Durvasula, President of Europe, that he will leave CyrusOne to pursue other interests, effective March 1, 2020, and remain in a consulting role through June 30, 2020. Matt Pullen, Managing Director of Europe, will assume his responsibilities.
“I greatly appreciate Tesh’s leadership and dedication over the last seven years and his tremendous contribution to the growth and success of CyrusOne,” said Wojtaszek. “Since he joined, the company’s revenue has nearly quintupled, we have successfully expanded internationally, and we are now the third largest data center provider in the world. He has been a great partner and friend, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. I am excited that Matt, one of the original Zenium principals, will now be leading our continuing European expansion, leveraging his extensive experience in the region.”
Annualized cash compensation and benefit savings as a result of these events is approximately $10.7 million, and the Company expects to incur an estimated charge of approximately $5.9 million with respect to such matters in the first quarter of 2020. CyrusOne will provide guidance for full year 2020 in its fourth quarter 2019 earnings release, which is scheduled to be issued after the market closes on February 19, 2020.
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CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The Company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including more than 200 Fortune 1000 companies.
With a track record of meeting and surpassing the aggressive speed-to-market demands of hyperscale cloud providers, as well as the expanding IT infrastructure requirements of the enterprise, CyrusOne provides the flexibility, reliability, security, and connectivity that foster business growth. CyrusOne offers a tailored, customer service-focused platform and is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its nearly 50 data centers worldwide. Additional information about CyrusOne can be found at www.CyrusOne.com.
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