Press Release

SoftLayer® Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Walter Z. Berger Joins SoftLayer to Drive and Manage Ongoing Financial Growth

Dallas—February 6, 2012—SoftLayer Technologies today announced the appointment of Walter Z. Berger as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective in March. A seasoned finance and accounting executive, Mr. Berger will help guide and oversee the company’s continued market leadership and financial growth. He brings more than 30 years of experience to SoftLayer, including extensive operational experience as a CFO with several large, publicly held companies. 

“Bringing Walter on board amplifies and extends the deep base of experience and expertise of our executive management team,” said Lance Crosby, CEO for SoftLayer. “His proven track record and leadership will be invaluable as we embark on our next phase of growth. We’re delighted to have such a high caliber executive join our team.”

Prior to joining SoftLayer Technologies, Mr. Berger was the CFO and Executive Vice President of Leap Wireless International Inc. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Berger served in senior management roles at CBS Corporation, including as Executive Vice President and CFO for CBS Radio, a division of CBS Corporation. Prior to joining CBS Radio, Mr. Berger served as Executive Vice President and CFO and a director of Emmis Communications from 1999 to 2005. From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Berger served as Executive Vice President and CFO of LG&E Energy Corporation and in 1997 was promoted to group president of the Energy Marketing Division, where he served until 1999. Early in his career, Mr. Berger held a number of financial and operating management roles in the manufacturing, service and energy fields. Mr. Berger began his career in audit at Arthur Andersen in 1977. Mr. Berger is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

SoftLayer, an IBM Company

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With 100,000 devices under management, 13 data centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer’s modular architecture provides unparalleled performance and control, with a full-featured API and sophisticated automation controlling a flexible unified platform that seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices, and a worldwide network for secure, low-latency communications. For more information, please visit

Andre Fuochi
Director, Corporate Communications