Open–IX Association Appoints New Officers, Committee Chairs

Appointments Include Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as Heads of the Data Center Standards Committee and Marketing Committee

Open-IX LogoBLOOMINGDALE, MI, USA – January 20, 2016 –The Open-IX Association (OIX), a 501(c)(6) non-profit industry association formed to promote better standards for data center interconnection and Internet exchanges, today announces the following new officers on its Board of Directors: William Charnock as Chairman; Christian Koch as Vice Chairman; new Board member Greg Hankins as Treasurer; and Executive Director Gabe Cole as Secretary. The Board was reconstituted this past October.

In addition, new Board member Vinay Nagpal has been reappointed Chair of the Open-IX Marketing Committee and Eli D. Scher has been appointed Chair of the Data Center Standards Committee. Mr. Scher, who has served on the Open-IX Data Center Standards Committee since June 2014, is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New Continuum Holdings Corporation, which operates a carrier-neutral, multi-tenant data center in the western Chicago suburbs. He also serves as CEO of United IX, a multi-site peering fabric in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Dave Temkin, the former Chairman of the Board and Open-IX co-founder stated, “We welcome Will Charnock as the new Chairman of the Board along with a new leadership team that will help propel the vision of Open-IX through extensive industry knowledge, experience and skills.”

The Open-IX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community in the United States and around the world, who are coming together to create a better, safer, stronger and fairer Internet. In addition to controlling all aspects of the association’s property, affairs and business, the Open-IX Board is also responsible for safeguarding the Open Stand compliant standards development that the Internet community has entrusted to it, instituting and conducting the OIX-1 and OIX-2 certification process for Internet exchanges and data centers, and determining whether those entities have met or exceeded the Open-IX minimum standards of performance. Furthermore, the Board is accountable for establishing and publishing Membership Program policies and procedures, granting Open-IX membership, holding the Annual General and other meetings, and delegating to Open-IX Officers and / or Committees.

Organized and operated by volunteers from the Internet, the Open-IX Association was created to increase the reliability, resiliency and competitiveness of massive-scale interconnection for all. With the help of broad participation of interconnect and data center professionals, the association has successfully developed Internet Exchange and data center consensus-based community standards and certified 29 data centers and 10 exchanges since its establishment in 2013.

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About Open-IX Association
The Open-IX Association (OIX) is an Internet community effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and massive-scale interconnection. OIX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet exchanges while promoting uniform standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community. The Association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity, and improve overall Internet performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts massive-scale interconnection in fragmented markets. The OIX Board is comprised of volunteer representatives from the Internet community, including William Charnock, Christian Koch, Greg Hankins, David Temkin, Vinay Nagpal, Chris Malayter and Josh Snowhorn. More information about OIX can be found by visiting

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