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CARY, N.C. – Brothers Mike and Will Shook who helped found information technology service firm Strategic Technologies more than two decades ago, are stepping away from day-to-day business.

The two led Strategic through a merger with Utah-based two years ago and had served in executive roles with Consonus asd well as on its board. Mike was chief executive officer, Will executive vice president for channel sales. The Shooks plan to remain on the board.

Consonus operates a number of data centers. It employs some 50 people in Cary and more than 100 elsewhere.

As the Shooks depart, Bob McCarthy and John Roger take over the company as co-president. McCarthy was executive vice president of sales and marketing. Roger weas chief operating officer.

Nana Baffour, executive chairman of the Consonus board, will become more involved in the operation of the company, Consonus said in a statement.

"After 21 years, I am pleased to transition the business to such capable leaders,” Mike Shook said in a statement. “I have absolute confidence in John and Bob, as well as the rest of the Consonus management team. I would like to thank all of the Consonus employees for their tireless commitment to customers — one I know they will maintain. I look forward to staying involved with the company in a strategic role.

“Rest assured, our clients are in good hands,” he added. “The company will continue to be a place that values customers as well as the contribution of each and every employee."

Baffour said Consonus is “well positioned” for future growth. The company had planned an initial public offering in 2008 but withdrew it.

Last month, Consonus said secured additional capital for expansion and upgrading of its facilities from U.S. Bank. The amount of the new financing announced was not disclosed.

However, Consonus, which also has offices in Salt Lake City, Utah, said it has received “more than $15 million” in funding from U.S. Bank over the past 20 months.

Funds will be used for additional capacity, power, cooling and bandwidth at data centers, according to Consonus

“With the progress we have made in the last two and half years in enhancing our operations, increasing our market reach, improving our balance sheet, and strengthening our management team, Consonus is well-positioned to be the critical partner that our clients deserve to assist them in their data center needs,” Baffour explained. “We also look forward to bringing innovation to solve the emerging client needs of energy efficiency, virtualization, and cloud computing."

McCarthy joined Consonus a year ago after serving as CEO of Ring 9, a voice over Internet Protocol business servicve provider. He also was an executive with Computer Associates.

Roger has worked at Consonus since 2007. He formerly was COO and chief financial officer at VilCom and spent 21 years at GE.