Jim Smith

General Manager Site Selection and Network Acquisition
Microsoft

Jim Smith is the General Manager Site Selection and Network Acquisition of Microsoft. He used to be the Chief Technology Officer of Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR) and be responsible for overseeing data center development. He joined the company in November 2004. Jim and the Digital Realty team have delivered more than 500MW of data center projects totaling more than a billion dollars of capital investment. Smith also leads Digital Realty’s sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives including multiple LEED Platinum, LEED Gold and BREEAM excellent certifications.

For his accomplishment and contributions to the industry, Smith was named one of the top CTOs in the United States by InfoWorld Magazine in 2008.

Jim has 13 years of data development experience, including Chief Technical Officer at Colo.com, Founder and General Manager of ATMnet, which was acquired by Verio in 1997, and General Manager at 360networks. Jim received a BSc in Chemistry from Fort Lewis College and his MBA from London Business School.