IO Appoints Kevin Malik To Chief Innovation Officer

IO, a global leader in software-defined data centers, today announced the promotion of Kevin Malik to Chief Innovation Officer (CINO), reporting to George Slessman, IO Chief Executive Officer and Product Architect. In this role, Mr. Malik will focus on continually advancing IO technology and strengthening an internal culture that inspires relentless creativity from top global talent.

Whether it’s building a team to create the world’s first complete data center operating system or partnering with McLaren Applied Technologies to develop the next generation of energy efficient data centers, a hallmark of Malik’s work at IO has been discovering and developing innovative technologies. Mr. Malik’s new role will benefit customers by allowing him to apply his unconstrained creative thinking more broadly to enterprise-wide innovation.

Mr. Malik has been instrumental in driving innovation in improving IO.OS, the world’s first complete operating center, and Mr. Malik’s new role will benefit customers by allowing him to apply his unconstrained creative thinking more broadly to enterprise-wide innovation.

“Innovation has been a defining part of IO DNA since our inception, and Kevin is ideally suited to manage it going forward. The CINO role is vital as we continue to execute against our mission – developing technology to anticipate and solve customer problems, define the global market and relentlessly deliver; while perpetuating a culture of innovation and discovery,” said Mr. Slessman.

As CINO, Malik will also lead the company’s Cloud Engineering and Software  Engineering teams. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Malik was CIO of IO and General Manager at IO Labs. He previously served as Vice President, Global Enterprise IT for Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

“We are committed to redefining the data center as a fundamental tool for solving big IT problems,” said Mr. Malik. “Our R&D in the integration of the IT stack, the data center facility and advanced data analytics are fascinating areas that hold great promise for businesses across all sectors. I’m excited for this new chapter at IO.” 

About IO
Founded in 2007, IO provides the data center as a service @scale™. IO internet data centers are engineered to deliver the optimal data center capacity, security, network and cloud inter-connectivity for mission critical applications of any scale.  IO operates large data center campuses, featuring over 2 million square feet, hundreds of networks and 300 MWs in North America and Singapore. For more than a decade, IO has earned the trust of the most demanding technology users by delivering the data center at scale to digital-first enterprises, cloud companies, hyperscale service providers, governments and businesses worldwide. To learn more about IO @scale™, visit

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