Gary Wojtaszek is widely acknowledged across the global technology industry and capital markets as an exemplary business strategist and master motivator for organizations that achieve epic goals. Regarded as a passionate and upbeat leader, he has earned a track record for spearheading global expansions, initial public offerings (IPOs), reorganizations, leveraged buyouts (LBOs) and financial turnarounds for multibillion-dollar companies, including CyrusOne, Cincinnati Bell, Agere Systems, General Motors and Laureate Education Systems (formerly Sylvan Learning).
In addition to his financial and business acumen, Gary develops high-impact teams for organizations that serve iconic brands, employees and shareholders, supported by market-leading performance. Among his long list of esteemed customers served include Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM, Alibaba and many more across the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
He is an acknowledged industry leader with regular appearances on “Mad Money”, Bloomberg Radio, WSJ, Barron’s, Forbes and CNBC’s Squawk Box.
As a global business leader, Gary most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Member of the Board of Directors (BOD) for CyrusOne, a leading international technology company whose IPO he spearheaded in 2013, leveraging the legacy assets of 140-year-old Cincinnati Bell and capitalizing on the demand for cloud, artificial intelligence and data analytic products.
Today CyrusOne is one of the fastest-growing real estate income trusts (REITS) in the US and under Gary’s leadership it expanded from $1.1 billion to $11 billion in enterprise value (2600 percent) in only six years. This massive growth positioned CyrusOne as one of only 500 investment-grade companies in the world and one of only 25 investment-grade organizations with $1 billion or less in revenues positioning CyrusOne as a low-risk, high-value stock.
In less than 10 years, CyrusOne grew to a globally scaled company with best-in-class revenue growth and operations in Europe, Latam and Asia, and under his expertise, Gary drove enterprise value from $0.4B to $11.0B and a 400% share price from $19 at the IPO launch in 2013 to $78 per share while increasing the dividend by more than 250 percent. Cyrus One serves nearly 50 percent of Fortune 20 and 190 plus Fortune 100 companies with 45 data centers and 10 million square feet of income-producing real estate.
In addition to Gary’s deep operational expertise, he has been involved in a number of additional IPOs, including, Agere Systems NASDAQ: AGR (spin and IPO from Lucent Technology NYSE: LU), Delphi Systems NYSE:DPH (spin and IPO from General Motors NYSE:GM), and leveraged buyout of Laureate Education (NASDAQ: LAUR, formerly Sylvan Learning).
Sought after for his expertise in data center markets, market expertise and business development, Gary serves on the board of directors for GDS (Nasdaq: GDS), China’s largest and fastest growing data center company where his partnership of CyrusOne and GDS enabled GDS to land Chinese internet giants Alibaba and Tencent in the U.S. with the expansion of datacenters of Microsoft and JP Morgan in China. Additionally he serves on the board of Poema Global (NASDAQ: PPGHU) which is a Hong Kong based investment fund that invests in high growth technology investments.
Gary holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and accounting from Columbia University. Graduating magna cum laude, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, where he was an active member the oldest academic honor society in the United States, Phi Betta Kappa. He is a national judge for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year program, serves on the board of Columbia University Lang Center, and Southern Methodist School of Engineering. He has won several awards including EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest, Fortune Best Places to Work, and Stevie Awards among others.