CPG Names Al Nielson Senior Vice President of Data Center Implementation

Posted on June 3, 2020

Experienced Mission Critical Infrastructure Management Leader Joins CPG

CPG Beyond, Inc. announces Al Nielson has been named Senior Vice President of Data Center Implementation in Ashburn, Virginia. 

Nielsen has over 35 years’ experience in Corporate Real Estate and Mission Critical Facilities. He is a proven leader with extensive experience managing teams in critical environments.

Prior to CPG, Al spent 23 years at Verizon / AOL serving in a number of capacities, including leading the Mission Critical team through rapid growth and development of data centers. Nielson managed over $300M of data center construction including three ground-up data centers totaling 850,500 square feet. In addition to leading Construction efforts he developed talent in the critical operations team responsible for operating and maintaining their facilities. Nielson’s team lead efforts in data center planning, design, site selection, land acquisition, construction, commissioning and operations.

 “I’m excited to join CPG and look forward to growing our world class construction team.” Said Nielson. “Nielson’s leadership experience, knowledge of data center construction and data center operations will prove invaluable to our team as we continue our growth strategy,” says Tom Mertz, CPG’s CEO

CPG Beyond Inc is a full-service Data Center Services firm specializing in Design, Build, Operations and Maintenance of Data Centers. In 2019, CPG recapitalized with financial partner Columbia Capital and merged with Columbia portfolio company Canara to form one of the largest data center service providers in the industry.

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About CPG: Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-life cycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale. In addition, CPG continues to provide predictive analytics and battery asset management services, helping data centers around the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems. 

For more information contact:703-726-9726

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ZAF Energy Systems Deploys First Data Center to Run on Nickel Zinc Batteries

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ZAF Energy Systems Deploys First Data Center to Run on Nickel Zinc Batteries

ZAF, in collaboration with CPG, will deploy Nickel Zinc batteries into a Global Data Center Operator in Atlanta. 

January 237, 2020 –– ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, and CPG, a data center facilities integrator, announced today their successful implementation of the world’s first nickel-zinc battery retrofit into a data center located in Atlanta, GA.

While CPG has been investigating leading edge battery technology for several years, ZAF proved to be the right NiZn partner based on its extensive expertise in special applications, such as transportation, medical and military. 

“The deployment into a global data center operator with a respected partner such as CPG will send a message to the market that NiZn is a viable solution for this application because of the economic and technical advantages it offers.“ said ZAF Energy Systems Vice President of Business Development Kirk Plautz. The data center, UPS and telecom markets are part of a market segment that is expected to grow from $20B to $38B by 2024, and a primary target market for ZAF’s NiZn technology.

“The replacement of VRLA with NiZn batteries was made seamless with ZAF providing front terminals to match the original form factor. In addition to reducing weight by over 65 percent, ZAF’s NiZn batteries have exhibited proven top-of-class performance through extensive testing. CPG anticipates broad future opportunities to apply ZAF nickel-zinc battery technology based on favorable CapEx, OpEx, lifespan, and minimal environmental impact.” said CPG Vice President Jim Marsh. ZAF’s NiZn batteries have potential uses in a wide range of applications including automotive, heavy trucking, remote telecom, renewable energy, and marine. They are also poised to disrupt the $50 billion conventional lead acid battery market with their ability to provide twice the storage capacity and three times the cycle life of legacy lead acid batteries in a smaller, lighter package. 

About ZAF Energy Systems, Inc.

Incorporated in 2011 and with locations in northwestern Montana and southwest Missouri, ZAF Energy Systems develops and commercializes next-generation battery technologies that use sustainable, non‑toxic materials and can be safely and easily recycled. Its breakthrough battery technologies include a nickel zinc (NiZn) chemistry and a zinc air chemistry, both of which deliver the highest power and energy density of any battery system in their class. ZAF’s rechargeable batteries provide long-life and economical solutions in a safe package for a variety of applications, including electric vehicles, commercial trucking, renewables integration, back-up power, consumer electronics, mobility, and recreation vehicles. For more information, visit: www.zafsys.com

About CPG. Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, CPG is at the heart of the data center industry. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-life cycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale. In addition, CPG continues to provide predictive analytics and battery asset management services, helping data centers around the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems. For more information visit: www.CPGbeyondthecloud.com

For additional information, please contact:

Press Contacts:

CPG 1-703-726-9726

ZAF Press Contact 1-512-215-4452

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CPG Adds Experience and Perspective to Leadership Team with New CFO and New Board Director

Industry Veterans Join Leadership Team Focused On Growth

CPG Beyond, Inc. today announced two exciting additions to its leadership and corporate governance teams. Scott Davis has been added to the CPG Board of Directors and Ben Pawson has joined CPG as its new Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

Scott Davis has joined the CPG Board of Directors as its newest Independent Board Member. Scott brings over 30 years of Data Center industry experience, specializing in the engineering, design and operation of high-reliability, hyperscale facilities. Scott was formerly the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., (DFT); where he was responsible for the design and management of DFT’s portfolio of Data Centers. Prior to joining DFT, Mr. Davis served for eight years at AOL where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of all of AOL's domestic and international data centers.

“I’m excited to join the CPG Board where I believe my experience, perspective, and industry relationships will assist CPG with their continued accelerated growth,” said Davis. “Scott’s relationships and knowledge around building and operating data centers in a demanding market will prove invaluable to our team as we continue our growth strategy,” says Tom Mertz, CPG’s CEO. “Scott will be a terrific addition to our Board and we’re excited to leverage his experience and leadership input” said Patrick Hendy, Columbia Capital partner and CPG Board Member.

In addition, Ben Pawson joins CPG as the new CFO. Ben most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller at Presidio where he oversaw corporate accounting governance, assisted with mergers and acquisitions and managed financial controls. Ben has more than 18 years of experience in finance and accounting, with focus in mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, private and public company financial reporting, financial modeling, income taxes and internal controls. “I’m excited to bring my focus on Financial Controls, M&A integration and managing a rapidly growing service-based business to CPG,” said Pawson. “Ben’s background in working with private equity firms to develop controls and corporate governance while managing a high growth business will be a terrific addition to our Executive Team,” says Tom Mertz.

CPG Beyond Inc is a full-service Data Center Services firm specializing in Design, Build, Operations and Maintenance of Data Centers. In January, CPG recapitalized with financial partner Columbia Capital and merged with Columbia portfolio company Canara to form one of the largest data center service providers in the industry.

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About CPG: Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, CPG is at the heart of the data center industry. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-life cycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale. In addition, CPG continues to provide predictive analytics and battery asset management services, helping data centers around the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems.

For more information contact:
703-726-9726

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