Equinix Appoints Debra McCowan as Chief Human Resources Officer


(EQIX), the global interconnection and data
center company
, today announced that it has appointed Debra McCowan
to chief human resources officer (CHRO). In this role, McCowan is
responsible for the company’s human capital strategy, including all
aspects of leadership development and talent management. She also will
play a critical role in shaping the Equinix culture as the company moves
through its next phase of growth.

Highlights / Key Facts

  • McCowan joins Equinix from the Accelerance Group, where she was
    co-founder and partner. At Accelerance, McCowan was responsible for
    providing her clients with organizational and systems change strategy
    including leadership and executive coaching, building
    high-performance, mission-critical teams and strategic talent
    management systems.
  • Prior to her position at Accelerance, McCowan was the vice president
    of Worldwide Human Resources at Avago Technologies, Inc., where she
    developed, deployed and led all aspects of global human resources
    functions and helped lead the company’s turnaround and preparation for
    a successful IPO.


  • Steve Smith, CEO, Equinix:
    “Equinix is a great place to
    work with a strong, positive culture. Debra is a very experienced
    human resources leader with a global point of view and we’re excited
    to have her energy focused on attracting, developing and retaining the
    best talent in the industry.”
  • Debra McCowan, CHRO, Equinix:
    “Equinix operates in 31
    markets across 15 countries in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific,
    and it is imperative that we retain and cultivate top talent globally
    while maintaining our core principals and cultural diversity. As chief
    human resources officer, I look forward to enhancing the Equinix brand
    from the inside out.”

Additional Resources

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (EQIX), connects more than 4,400 companies directly
to their customers and partners inside the world’s most networked data
centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform
in 31 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from
expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that
might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the
challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and
developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated
costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have
acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant
revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers;
failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to
time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to
generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or
outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key
customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see
Equinix’s recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from
Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the
forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc.

International Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.

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The leading reasons behind HR outsourcing include expense reduction, improve compliance with legal requirements and gaining access to vendor talent and expertise.

Anaheim Hills, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2013

A&A Employer Services, a human resource outsourcing services firm located in Brea, California has announced the launch of their new website (http://www.aaemployer.com). The company specializes in meeting the needs of small companies in the consumer and professional services categories. Their new website is focused on the needs of small business owners who are seeking expertise and reliability in all areas of human resources. Renewed focus on the outsourcing of human resources is a national trend and an indication that businesses are continuing to seek organizational efficiencies in light of a challenging economy.

Outsourced Human Resources; A Growing Trend

The outsourced human resources industry has grown to over $165 Billion in size from the early 1970′s to today with 85% of all firms now outsourcing some aspect of this important functional area. In many companies, the day of the one-stop, internal HR department is a thing of the past. Outsourcing HR firms have engaged high-speed internet technology and our increased familiarity with self-service internet transactions to replace many of the functions that were once served by internal HR departments. However, it is the rare company where the transition to self-serve and web has been 100%. Many companies still retain a skeleton crew of HR professionals.

Human Resources Outsourcing has accelerated over the last ten years and in these lean economic times, it’s a trend that is expected to continue. Rather than asking a single provider to meet all HR needs, many companies are hiring out a series of different companies to cover their various HR functions. These tasks can extend from payroll to benefits to recruiting. Beyond payroll, outsourced HR tends to be found among smaller companies – in the 50 to 100 employee range – most frequently.

HR Functions that Are Outsourced and Reasons Behind Outsourcing

Background/ criminal checks, employee assistance/ counseling, and flex spending account administration are among the functions which tend to be completely outsourced most often. Functions which tend to stay within the employing firm include work/ life balance administration, HR information systems management, compensation and incentive plan administration, executive development and coaching and retirement planning.

The leading reasons behind HR outsourcing include expense reduction, improve compliance with legal requirements and gaining access to vendor talent and expertise.

Ways to know whether your company is a good candidate for outsourced human resources:

1.    The company is more concerned with regulations and legal compliance than a high level of personal service.

2.    The company is infrequent turnover.

3.    The company is comfortable with most HR problems being resolved via call-center and e-mail versus internal management.

While the economic benefits of outsourcing are attractive, it’s still vitally important to retain a competitive edge when it comes to attracting, training and retaining the best workers. With that in mind, many companies are adopting a hybrid approach as compared with total outsourcing. In some instances, larger companies host the outsourcing company’s employees within their own offices. In other instances, some companies transition their former employees to work directly for the outsourcing partner firm and retain existing, case-specific relationships, knowledge and skills.

We interviewed Scott Riley with A&A Employee Services (http://www.aaemployer.com), a Southern California – based outsourced HR firm and asked him about their clients. “Most of our customers tend to be smaller companies in the fifty employee and up range. We work with a lot of auto shops, florists…. those types of businesses. Many of them have worked with us for years. They like us because we’re entirely reliable. We offer – literally – round the clock availability and service. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve worked with clients after hours on sticky issues like terminations or helped clients make important policy changes to gain compliance with some new law or regulation. It’s really this very high level of service and the fact that our clients know we’ve got their back that has enabled us to succeed, even in these really hard economic times.”

Factors to Consider When Outsourcing Your HR Functions.

A Society of Human Resources Management report cited these as the top five considerations when outsourcing human resource functions.

1.    Select a partner firm with a proven track record.

2.    Consider the competitiveness of the provider’s price quote.

3.    Compare guaranteed service levels with other providers.

4.    Look for flexibility in the contracting – for instance, insist on annual reviews, ensure there are options to modify the contract for performance below pre-set expectations.

5.    Request a list of objective, third-party references and call those references.

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