Lars Johannisson assumes the role of Chief Executive Officer at Rack Centre


Rack Centre, acclaimed as West Africa’s premier Carrier and Cloud-neutral data centre, proudly introduces Lars Johannisson as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2024.

Mr. Johannisson, a seasoned leader in transformative industries, brings a wealth of experience to the role, as noted by Jasper Lankhorst, Rack Centre’s Group CEO.

Jasper Lankhorst expresses excitement about Lars’s appointment, anticipating that his strategic leadership will propel Rack Centre to new heights.

Lankhorst has full confidence in Lars’s ability to guide the company towards continued success and eagerly anticipates collaborating closely with him to solidify Rack Centre’s position as a leading data centre provider.

In his own words, Lars Johannisson highlights Rack Centre’s market leadership and its pivotal role as a Carrier and Cloud-neutral Tier-III Data Centre in Nigeria.

He expresses dedication to contributing to the digital ecosystem’s growth in Nigeria and is thrilled to be part of the team launching a cutting-edge, hyperscale-ready 12MW data centre facility in Lagos in 2024.

Lars, with a background in Telecom, IT Delivery, Managed Services, and Digital skilling, has a passion for leading transformative organizations in Africa. Over the last 14 years, he has executed large B2B projects in more than 30 Sub-Saharan countries.

Holding an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and having completed the Stanford University Executive Program on “Design, Innovation and Business Transformation,” Lars is well-equipped for his new role.

Before joining Rack Centre, Johannisson served as the CEO of Teleperformance in Sub-Saharan Africa and held significant roles at Ericsson, SolarNow, and the YNV Group.

Rack Centre, with over 64 telecom carriers and global Tier 1 networks, achieved a notable milestone as the first International Finance Corporation (IFC) EDGE certified data centre in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, earning recognition as the first Green Certified Data Centre in Africa.

Rack Centre, established in 2012, offers best-in-class colocation services, boasting a robust Carrier and Cloud-neutral ecosystem.

The company’s commitment to Carrier and Cloud neutrality empowers customers to optimize traffic, ensuring better value, lower latency, higher resilience, and fostering an open market for collaborations.

For further details, visit [Rack Centre’s official website](

Media Contact:
Frances Eza
Head, Marketing and Communications
Rack Centre



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