Berson will be responsible for QTS' investment strategy, including business development, strategic projects and investor relations, as well as supporting the office of the CFO on capital markets activities. He will be based out of QTS' corporate offices in Overland Park, Kan.
Berson has more than 20 years of investment banking experience, much of it with the technology sector's emerging infrastructure companies including data centers, managed services, enabling communications technologies and fiber providers. He has been involved in transactions aggregating more than $30 billion in value, including numerous public and private debt and equity transactions, convertible debt issues, merger and acquisition advisory assignments, and management and leveraged buy-out transactions.
Berson joins QTS from UBS where he was a managing director in the Media and Communications Group focused primarily on the communications infrastructure and the telecommunications services sectors. He's also previously served as head of the Communications Services Investment Banking Group at Oppenheimer & Co., managing director in the Telecom Group at Barclays Capital and held various positions within the investment banking department at CIBC World Markets.
"Jeff ‘s extensive experience within the data center industry and managed services, combined with his business insight, equips him well to serve as QTS' first chief investment officer," said Chad Williams, chairman and chief executive officer – QTS. "These are exciting times for the growth of QTS and Jeff's knowledge and experience will play a critical role."
Berson earned a master degree of business administration from the University of Chicago, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
QTS (Quality Technology Services) is a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services. The company offers a complete, unique portfolio of core data center products, including custom data center (C1), colocation (C2) and cloud and managed services (C3), providing the flexibility, scale and security needed to support the rapidly evolving infrastructure demands of web and IT applications. With 10 locations in seven states, QTS owns, operates and manages approximately 3.8 million square feet of secure, state-of-the-art data center infrastructure and supports more than 850 customers. For more information about QTS, please visit www.qualitytech.com or call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow us on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.