Ivo has been Chief Executive Officer at DE-CIX and Chair of the Board of the DE-CIX Group AG since 2022. Prior to this, Ivanov was Chief Operating Officer of DE-CIX and Chief Executive Officer of DE-CIX International, responsible for the global business activities of the leading Internet Exchange operator in the world. He has more than 20 years of experience in the regulatory, legal and commercial Internet environment. Ranked as one of the top 100 most influential professionals of the Telecom industry (Capacity Magazine’s Power 100 listing, 2021/2022/2023), Ivo is regularly invited to share his vision and thought leadership in various industry-leading conferences around the globe.
Having joined DE-CIX in 2007, he has been deeply involved in recent years in the establishment of DE-CIX sites in North America, Southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia, along with several DE-CIX consultancy projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. His strategic vision has led to close to 40 DE-CIX locations globally, as well as the development of a range partnership models to sustain DE-CIX’s global expansion, bringing neutral, high-performance, low-latency interconnection services – including services for the enterprise sector – to as many regions of the globe as possible, helping to close the gaps in access to information and modern digital services.
Ivo has also been instrumental in the establishment of the DE-CIX/UPF Global Interconnection Academy in Barcelona, to be rolled out globally as a hybrid training program together with local educational partners in each region. The creation of the Interconnection Academy seeks to provide a global standard certificate of excellence for interconnection experts.
Ivo has an educational background focused on Law and Business. Fluent in German, English, Russian and Bulgarian, he attended a German business school and holds two Law degrees. After graduation, he worked as a lawyer, with a focus on e-commerce, IP, telecommunications, and data protection law.