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News January 18, 2021

Amar K. Patel Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Connectria, Richard Waidmann Assumes Role of Executive Chairman

St. Louis, MO – January 18, 2021

Connectria’s Board of Directors announced earlier this month that Amar K. Patel has been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Amar joined Connectria as Chief Revenue Officer in 2018 after spending almost 20 years as a sales leader at Rackspace, Dell, and Liquid Web.

Since 2018, Amar has played an important role in Connectria’s growth and the establishment of a rapidly growing cloud business unit that provides management, migration, and modernization services for AWS and Azure. Richard Waidmann, who founded Connectria in 1996, assumes the role of Executive Chairman where he will help guide Amar and Connectria’s management team moving forward.

“Following the successful acquisition of WSM in 2019 and the launch of our new IBM Power Systems hybrid clouds in late 2020, I believe this is the right time to transition to a new CEO,” Waidmann said. “With Amar’s record and comprehensive industry experience, I have the utmost confidence in his abilities and vision for Connectria. I look forward to working closely with him as he assumes this new role.”

Throughout 2020, Connectria continued to enhance its offerings to support customers in their digital transformation efforts. As digital transformations continue to accelerate across industries, Connectria is well-positioned to help businesses solve the complex challenges associated with last-mile data center exits, cloud migrations, and the modernization of IBM Power Systems infrastructure.

Rusty Putzler, Connectria VP and COO, said, “The Board has been actively engaged in succession planning for the past several months and we were incredibly pleased to promote from within. Amar has shown exceptional leadership and a proven ability to deliver results. He has a deep understanding of the scale, complexities, and inner workings of the Company, its partners and key stakeholders, and most importantly its customers and employees, all of which make him the ideal candidate as the next CEO.”

“I’m truly honored and excited to inherit this role. Rich has built Connectria into a formidable hosting and managed services enterprise. From Connectria’s industry leading cloud support to its award-winning company culture, hosting, and managed services, I am incredibly confident in its future and humbled by this opportunity. I’m also enthusiastic about expanding on the value-added services Connectria brings to the table from migration assistance, professional services, innovation and other critical differentiators as an expert service provider,” said Amar Patel.

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