Athletes are known for giving full commitment to their chosen discipline and achieving at the highest level until they retire.
Digital infrastructure multinational, Equinix is one of the global names that’s enabling athletes to continue as high performers in life beyond the field of play.
Equinix Athlete Career Program
In partnership with Athlete Career Transition (ACT), the Equinix Athlete Career Program offers former sports professionals the chance to learn how Equinix connects businesses through all sectors in a cloud-first world.
The Program places athletes in elite working environments with a major multinational; it gives valuable work experience and helps individuals to nurture skills required for long-term success in the corporate domain.
Andy Moore, co-founder at ACT said:
"Equinix bring in talented people who are excited to build for the future. Their diverse and inclusive teams create empowering work settings where staff can take their careers to new heights.
“Equinix know the true value of athletes, and that’s evident in the group of outstanding individuals that they have hired through ACT. Equinix are playing a vital role in the transition process of these former sports professionals.”
Recent candidates include
Marilyn Okoro (UK)
Former track and field athlete, Marilyn Okoro won a bronze medal for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She also has bronze and silver medals obtained at World Championship and European levels.
Marilyn holds a BA Hons degree in French and Politics with European Studies from the University of Bath.
Following successful completion of the Equinix Athlete Career Program, Marilyn is New to Career Program Lead and Talent Acquisition Specialist at Equinix.
Meghan Musnicki (USA)
USA-born Meghan is a five-time World Champion, and twice Olympic champion. She competed at three Olympic Games, winning gold in the Women’s Eight rowing event in London 2012 and Rio 2016.
A dedicated and energetic professional, Meghan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Following successful completion of the Equinix Athlete Career Program, Meghan is Operations and Talent Acquisition Analyst at Equinix.
André Brasil Esteves (Brazil)
A seven-time Paralympic Gold Medallist, André is a record-breaking S10 para-swimmer. He holds five silver and two bronze Paralympic medals, and five World Championship medals.
Since successfully completing the Equinix Athlete Career Program, André has been in the full-time role of Sales Support Associate at Equinix.
Bruno Ortiz-Canavate Ozeki Kenji (Japan)
A former Olympic swimmer, Bruno competed in the men’s 4-100 metre freestyle relay at the Rio Olympic Games 2016. Bruno holds a BSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and an MSc in Inland Water Quality Assessment.
Since successfully completing the Equinix Athlete Career Program, Bruno has been in the full-time role of Sales Support Associate at Equinix.
Ockert Cilliers (Australia)
South African-born Ockert Cilliers is a former 400m hurdler who represented his country at all levels, and appeared at the Athens Olympic Games 2004. Currently residing in Australia, Ockert holds degrees in Business Management, Business Psychology, and Commerce and Marketing.
Since successfully completing the Equinix Athlete Career Program, Ockert has been in the full-time role of Corporate Sales Account Executive at Equinix.
Athlete Career Transition
At ACT, we understand the challenges that athletes face as they embark on their career transition, because we were once athletes ourselves.
An athlete leaving professional sport also moves away from support networks, cultures and lifestyles that define their identity. ACT’s purpose is to create a handrail for former sports professionals at this crucial time in their careers.
We work closely with athletes placed with business partners to ensure the transition is as smooth and successful as possible.