The Planet Appoints Executive to Lead Information Technology and Operations
HOUSTON, June 4, 2007 – The Planet, the world’s largest privately held dedicated hosting company, today announced the appointment of Steve Reichert as vice president, information technology and operations. Reichert, who reports to Chairman and CEO Douglas J. Erwin, will be responsible for IT software development and infrastructure, overall management and operations of the company’s six world-class data centers and its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC).
Reporting to Reichert are the IT development and support organizations, the company’s data center city managers in Houston and Dallas, and its GNOC management team. Reichert will work from the company’s Dallas operation.
“Steve Reichert’s experience in managing enterprise-level data centers and the supporting information technology infrastructure brings exceptional new capabilities to our executive team,” said Erwin. “His knowledge of software development, customer requirements and data center operations enables The Planet to continue expanding its data center footprint to deliver additional products and services for our growing customer base.”
Reichert joins The Planet from InfoCrossing, where he was vice president of client services. Prior to the acquisition of iStructure, a Level3 Communications company, by InfoCrossing, Reichert served as vice president for service delivery and data center operations. He worked directly with customers across multiple lines of business, where he held responsibilities for operational data center support. The infrastructure included mainframe and mid-range systems, as well as servers, storage and networks, and the associated operating systems and respective applications.
Reichert served also as vice president and chief information officer with Allied Riser Communications and Pagenet. Additional experience includes seven years with Sprint Corporation where he worked in corporate IT management.
Reichert earned a B.S. degree in Management Science and Computer Systems from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
About The Planet
The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 2.8 million Web sites worldwide. By offering the best choice of servers, software tools, and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched network connectivity, The Planet helps turn information technology into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to successfully grow their businesses. For additional information, visit http://www.theplanet.com