A data center, IT, private equity and real estate executive with over 20 years of complex transactional experience and multi-disciplinary senior leadership, Andrew Schaap is dedicated to accelerating the development of Aligned’s business objectives at a critical point early in the company’s growth stage as demand for its adaptive data center approach continues to exceed expectations.
As CEO, Andrew is responsible for business growth and promoting the availability of Aligned’s data center and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, telecom, enterprise and managed service providers. With a thorough understanding of the evolving data center market, Andrew is responsible for cultivating an ecosystem of innovation that advances Aligned’s commitment to reducing the social, economic and environmental impact of the digital era.
Prior to joining Aligned, Andrew held numerous leadership positions over an 11-year period with Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR). Most recently serving as Senior Vice President, he was responsible for global large-scale, client-driven data center builds and was part of the executive leadership team that grew revenue to $2 billion. He also oversaw all major international transactions, including the successful negotiation and execution of projects in Osaka, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney. Prior to Digital Realty Trust, Schaap held leadership roles at Sterling Network Services and Sysix Technologies.
Andrew holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from Cornerstone University, in addition to completing graduate programs in Executive Negotiations and Management Training at Harvard University.