Chris Donnelly is the Executive Vice President of connectivity at Switch. Since joining Switch in 2008, Chris has focused his efforts on the development of the digital services and telecommunications wholesale buying consortium known as Switch CONNECT. This powerful entity offers Switch clients connectivity with unprecedented speed and bandwidth scalability at below wholesale prices, and holds the key to the technology industry’s most powerful and unique $5+ telecommunications purchasing cooperative. Chris works closely with the company’s global carrier partners to ensure the Switch data centers are among the most cost-effective and network-enabled facilities in the world. The company’s unique fiber optic gateway is one of the most robust network access points (NAP) in North America. Prior to joining Switch, Chris spent 17 years in the telecommunications industry and held various executive positions in the combined companies of Verizon (MFS, UUNET, WorldCom, MCI) as well as Qwest Communications. Chris also served as the President of Splice Communications, Inc. from 2003 until 2007.