Announcing the 2024 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Keith Taylor of Equinix

We are proud to announce Keith Taylor, Chief Financial Officer of Equinix, as the Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards 2024 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

The 2024 Bay Area CFO of the Year Awards will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, September 19 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center San Francisco and will feature Keith accepting his award as well as winners in five other categories. 

This event, presented by San Francisco Business Times in partnership with Larkin Street Youth Services, has raised more than $7 million for Larkin Street Youth Services, empowering homeless and at-risk youth by offering an award-winning model of housing, education, employment, and health services. 

The Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a current or former CFO of a public or private company whose contribution has significantly and uniquely impacted the greater Bay Area business community over the course of his or her career.

About Keith

Keith Taylor was a Scottish-born immigrant to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, who eventually found his way to the California via New Jersey and today lives in Burlingame, California with his lovely wife of 32 years, Beth and their beloved 15-year-old Golden Doodle, Nellie. Beth and Keith have three kids, Meg, Charlie, and Alec, each working in their field of interest, and are their pride and joy. For Keith, his family is everything!

Keith grew up in an engineering-oriented family, and his mother was a mathematics teacher at the local high school. Keith’s parents, who moved the four-boy family from Scotland to Canada to pursue a better life, always impressed upon Keith that a professional designation was important – engineer, doctor, lawyer, or accountant! Upon moving from Montreal to Toronto as a teenager, Keith took his first accounting course as a grade 11 elective. That was the spark that ignited a 40+ year career in accounting and finance, and Keith did not look back. Even today, many of Keith’s friends say, “why are YOU still working?” and the answer is quite simple, Keith loves what he does and the people he keeps company with. As Bob Iger wrote in his book, Keith too has had the “ride of a lifetime” and loves working at Equinix, a place where “he hangs out with friends and does good for its communities!”

Keith leads the Equinix’s global finance organization, including accounting, business assurance, financial planning and analysis, finance transformation, investor relations, payroll and stock services, procurement and strategic sourcing, corporate real estate, risk and security, tax, and treasury. 

During his 25-year tenure, Keith has stewarded the company through a period of exceptional growth, initially joining Equinix as it completed its $12.5 million Series A financing round. At that time, revenues were non-existent although today, Equinix is delivering more than $8 billion in annual revenue. He has completed over 29 acquisitions and $50 billion in capital market activities, deploying nearly $40 billion of capital to help fund the growth. Keith also oversees the company’s commitment to sustainability leadership, including developing a Green Finance Framework to benefit the communities where Equinix operates as well as its employees and stakeholders. As one might be surprised to hear, the “lines weren’t necessarily straight and up to the right” at Equinix. During the “dot-com” bubble, Equinix fought for its life, eventually having to do a six-way transaction to survive, including a three-way merger, negotiation with secured and high yield debt holders, while working with equity-holders and Nasdaq to avoid being de-listed after completing a 32 for 1 reverse stock split.  Earlier this year, Equinix eclipsed the $100 billion enterprise value threshold.

Keith joined Equinix in 1999 after holding several finance roles at International Wireless Communications and Becton Dickinson & Company. He has been recognized as “Best CFO” on Institutional Investor’s prestigious list and serves on the Board of Directors at Invitation Homes, Frozen Logistics and Yumpingo Ltd. Keith holds a B.B.A. from Bishop’s University in Quebec (Go Gaiters!), is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, having started his accounting career at Ernst and Whinney in Toronto, and is a founding member of the U.S. Chapter of His Majesty, King Charles’ sponsored global Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) CFO Leadership Network.