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Host In Ireland

Executive Council

Host in Ireland is an industry-led initiative specifically developed to generate awareness and recognition of Ireland’s benefits as an optimum location to host digital assets. Executive Committee members evaluate the performance of the initiative, review, monitor and assess the progress, serve as the advocate for their specific partner companies, and gather input from and serve as a liaison with relevant constituencies.


In addition, Executive Committee members provide feedback from the community, provide technical expertise, serve as an independent, unbiased sounding board, and assist in determining important activities. Other responsibilities that members have had as part of the Executive Council include providing guidance to articulate the goals of the initiative, ensuring effective planning, and enhancing the organization’s public standing.

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Tom Fitzgerald

ABB - Data Centre Lead

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Tom Fitzgerald is the data center segment lead for ABB in Ireland, a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. Tom is responsible for leading ABB's strategy to deliver a portfolio of class leading data center solutions that help our customers meet their sustainability goals through intelligent energy decisions. Tom brings over 20 years of industry experience, having held key roles in project management, sales, business development, and service management.


David Higgins

AECOM - Director - Data Centre Lead EMEA

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With over 25 years’ experience in the technology, critical environments and energy sectors across a wide variety of roles including project management, consulting, strategic development & general management. David currently leads the Data Centre / Technology Sector for AECOM across EMEA and is part of the global development team. He has a track record of successfully developing profitable business streams and guiding organisations through periods of significant change and growth including integration of acquisitions and restructuring. With a passion for leading teams in rapid growth, developing strategic partnerships and working with clients truly understanding and defining theirs needs and providing effective compelling sustainable solutions.


Alan Mc Cartney

Anord Mardix  - VP of Sales (Key Accounts)

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Alan is Vice President of Sales (Key Accounts) in Anord Mardix EMEA and a group shareholder. Driving business development and strategic direction, he brings over 22 years of industry experience to the HOI Executive Committee. With an electrical engineering background and extensive experience in the data centre industry, Alan works with key customers and their chosen professional/contracting teams to develop modular power solutions. His interpersonal skills and commitment to Anord Mardix and the critical power industry, have broadened networks, contacts and fuelled growth within the data centre market for over 15 years.

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Alana Wilksch

CBRE - EMEA BID & Marketing Manager

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Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes

Commscope - Sales Director

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Adrian has over 30 years of experience in the Telecommunications Industry with CommScope holding key roles in Manufacturing Operations, Product Management, Finance Management, Sales & Channel Management along with directing Sales Operations for the Enterprise and Service Provider Business for CommScope across EMEA. Adrian, as the Sales Director for Enterprise, Building and Networking Solutions, has responsibility for the Business across Ireland.

Adrian has a Business Management Degree from Maynooth College, along with a fellowship from the Accounting Technicians of Ireland after completing his ATI & CIMA Financial studies at Griffith College Dublin.

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Adrian Hill

Convergint  - General Manager Ireland

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Highly experienced Security Professional, having spent the last 27 years within the Electronic Security Systems industry with varying sizes of organizations, from running my own company to working for the some of the largest Security Companies globally. Highly experienced in Consultancy, System design, Implementation, Management, Global client relationships, Sales and Team management . Member & Currently Membership officer of ASIS International - CPP & PSP certified. Countries of Commercial responsibility include; Ireland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland Sweden and Switzerland.


Roy Millar

Ardmac - Managing Director

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Roy Millar is Managing Director of Ardmac’s specialist trade contracting business, providing architectural solutions to the Data Centre and Pharma sectors. With a client-focused, pro-active approach to business, Roy works closely with clients to understand their specific needs and how to bring value to their projects. Roy joined Ardmac in 1994 and with a broad knowledge of all Ardmac’s business streams, he is actively involved in defining the long-term strategic goals and services provided by the Group.


Arthur O'Brien

C+W O'Brien Architects - Managing Director

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Arthur is inspired by the pursuit of high quality architecture and design in a global marketplace. Over the last 18 years, he has worked on an international portfolio of development schemes in a variety of countries and sectors. With the team he has built at C+W O’Brien Architects, Arthur is at the forefront of residential development in Ireland. Aware of the struggling housing market coupled with an increased scarcity in labour availability on site, Arthur and the team at C+W O’Brien began investigating the possibilities of using modular construction techniques and off-site manufacturing to improve the delivery of projects. Through experienced gained on projects C+W O’Brien Architects have developed an expertise in modular construction. The team are currently working on over 25 modular projects across the public and private sector. These include the largest residential volumetric build in Ireland to date, and Ireland’s first modular, build-to-rent project.


Niall Killeen

CAI - Global Director Building Commissioning

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Niall is the Global Director of Data Centre & Building Commissioning at CAI, a business leader with over 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors. On behalf of CAI, Niall has delivered services enabling over 900MWs of IT capacity to be brought online for global Data Center clients. As global director, Niall has established new business, grown existing services, and opened new markets for CAI, achieving traction in Asia and South America most recently. The global data centre services team have supported our clients by bringing over 1100MWs of IT capacity online with a further 300MWs being supported globally.


Peter Connolly

Cornwall Insight - Managing Director

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Peter is Cornwall Insight's Managing Director for Ireland and Scotland. Prior to joining, he held senior management positions in the Enel Group and the Danish Headquartered, VKR-Holding, whose specialise in advanced façade systems and solar thermal energy. During these roles, Peter has worked in global markets spanning Europe, APAC and Norther America. A mechanical engineer by training, Peter also holds a Master’s degree in Energy and Management from Dublin’s, Technological University. Peter’s areas of specialism include demand side, value stacking, energy arbitrage, project financing, advanced control systems and sustainable building design.

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Matt Pullen 

Cyrus One - MD, Europe

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Matt Pullen is responsible for driving the growth of the European portfolio and delivering the very best
in data center excellence to our customers.
Matt joined CyrusOne following its acquisition of Zenium Data Centers in 2018. As Managing Director,
Matt was instrumental in establishing Zenium as a leading European data center developer and
operator with best-in-class facilities and a high-quality customer base with an emphasis on
hyperscale cloud companies. At the time of sale Zenium’s portfolio totaled 40,000 sq m of world-
class technical space serving Europe’s two largest data center markets, London and Frankfurt.


Eddie Kilbane

Dataplex - CEO

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Eddie Kilbane is a seasoned Entrepreneur specialising in Data Centre Developments, having developed a number of facilities. Eddie has used his background in main stream construction to bring a different perspective to his and his partners investments, continuously achieving major signings with the largest Co-location companies in the world. Eddie has recently invested in Software, Research and Horticulture companies and supports them in their growth, using his extensive experience in multi disciplines.


Ciaran Forde

Eaton - Market Segment Leader

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Ciaran is responsible for bringing together the various elements of the Eaton Data Centre strategy for Eaton EMEA. His background covers many roles and disciplines in the data centre and telecommunication field, from product, sales & marketing management.


Stephen Soraghan

Edge Automation Ltd - Managing Director

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With over 21 years of industry experience, our Managing Director, Stephen Soraghan brings a wealth of skills and experience to support the edge automation team and customers.


Maurice Mortell

Equinix - Managing Director Ireland & Emerging Markets 

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Maurice is Country Manager for Ireland and VP of Developing Markets. In this role, Maurice oversees the recently acquired TelecityGroup businesses in Turkey, Poland and Bulgaria, whilst still playing a key role in TelecityGroup Ireland’s strategy and expansion. As CEO, Maurice set the vision and strategy for the company, driving consistent business growth during his leadership tenure. With over two decades experience in the data centre sector, Maurice has been a key figure in the rise of the data-centre industry in Ireland and is highly regarded as a thought leader on Ireland’s potential to be a global digital hub. 

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Tony Whittle

Enel X -Managing Director UK & Ireland

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Tony Whittle is the Managing Director of Enel X UK and Ireland. Enel X is a global company with strong roots in the energy industry and is a global producer of sustainable, innovative and simple technology solutions for businesses. Enel X’s energy solutions are designed to address the needs created by the rapidly changing energy environment while enabling customers to live and operate in a smarter, more sustainable way. As the former Global Head of Flexibility Operations, Tony has taken this global perspective and operational background into his current role of guiding his customers on their decarbonisation journey.


Greg Hayden

Ethos - CEO

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Greg Hayden is the founding CEO of Ethos Engineering.

He has been working in the construction industry since 1987, gaining a wide range of engineering experience in data centres and mission-critical projects as well as sectors including pharmaceutical, micro-electronics, healthcare, commercial and mixed-use developments.

Greg’s experience covers design, value engineering, construction management, commissioning management, sustainable design, auditing and implementation.

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Marie McGinley

Eversheds Sutherland - Head of IP, Technology & DP 

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Marie is a Partner and Head of our Intellectual PropertyTechnology and Data protection Departments and practises in both contentious and commercial intellectual property and technology matters for a broad range of domestic and international clients. She is also a registered Irish Trade Mark Agent. Marie advises on commercial, regulatory and transactional matters.

Marie has particular experience in intellectual property/technology development, procurement and licensing deals, including managed services, systems integration, technology and business process outsourcing for both domestic and international clients.

Marie also has particular experience in advising on data protection law in the context of a wide range of data protection matters which are relevant to both domestic and international clients, including advising clients on the data protection and privacy aspects of direct marketing initiatives and activities, international data transfers in the context of service agreements and outsourcing, multijurisdictional audits and general data protection compliance.

Paul Kirwan

GCS Consulting - Director

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Paul is CIMA chartered accountant who has vast experience in Cost control, Project Accounting and executive Reporting on large complex construction projects in the Advanced Technology and Utilities sectors. Paul worked with Intel in Cost Control roles on Large projects in Ireland and Israel, and with Irish Water during the challenging set up of the National Water Utility. Paul now leads the GCS team in Ireland on a variety of Client projects delivering Cost Engineering and Project accounting solutions on one of Irelands largest Capital Investment projects. He is in advocate for digital technology and believes the future of Capital Investment cost management lies in the effective use of Digital solutions.

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Seamus Dunne

Interxion - Managing Director Ireland 

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Séamus joined Interxion in July 2019. Before joining Interxion Séamus held various roles during a successful career with Hewlett-Packard, where his last position was Vice President and General Manager with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise based in both Texas and Ireland. He led the data centre services business which served customers in 170 countries across diverse vertical’s such as financial services, Government , Digital Media etc. His business unit’s focus was supporting customers’ transitions from traditional IT infrastructure to hybrid cloud solutions.

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Laura Reed

Jacobs Engineering Group - VP & & Global Program Director

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Laura Reed is a Vice President and Global Program Director at Jacobs, providing strategic leadership and guidance to teams to promote Jacobs’ growth in the global data center marketplace while supporting Hyperscale and Colocation client objectives. Responsibilities include oversight & growth the of program global opportunities and resources, supported by the deployment of efficient execution strategies and effective, transparent communications. Laura is a highly versatile executive with a strong track record of working across a large, global organization to achieve business goals, by serving in multiple capacities adapted to meet business objectives. Specialty areas of leadership experience include technical, functional, project, operations, sales, business, and executive level roles. She has extensive experience in multi-office execution having delivered projects in the US, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, India, and China.

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Matt Porter

Kedington - Managing Director

Matt is a highly experienced engineer, with 28 years’ experience. A Consulting engineer, Matt joined Kedington in 1995 and became Managing Director in 2003.    Matt has a proven track record of growing and developing Kedington’s networking business across several markets and segments.  Matt completed a deal to bring Kedington into the ExcelRedstone Group, so now the 3 companies are one of the leading IT Infrastructure companies across Europe, ideally positioned to support their clients in Europe and beyond. Over a decade ago, Matt co-founded a charity in Kenya and he allocates a portion of his time to bringing water, health and education to thousands of children there. He is currently working on an initiative to help five thousand children regain their eye-sight.

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Gary Watson

Keppel DC - Country Manager Ireland

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With over 25 years’ experience of working across the telecoms, data centre, managed services and cloud sector across Europe, Gary Watson was appointed as the Country Manager in 2016 for Keppel Data Centre REIT in Ireland. Keppel DC REIT is the first data centre real estate investment trust (DC REIT) to be listed in Asia with facilities spanning across APAC and Europe. Gary has held numerous Senior Management positions in TeleCity and SunGard Availability Services. Gary holds a MSc in Facilities and Workplace Management.

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Aidan Kerins

Kirby - Group Business Development Director

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As Kirby Group Business Development Director, Aidan J Kerins has overall responsibility for the performance of the company’s Business Development activities, through the development and execution of our sales strategy. Aidan has previously held senior positions in Engineering, Operational Management and Business Development with a wide range of international construction companies, and with IDA Ireland. He has been involved in the construction of Data Centres for more than 10 years, included within his 30 years international industry experience, and has been an active member of Host In Ireland since 2017.


John Curley

Kohler Power - General Manager

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John Curley is the General Manager of Clarke Energy’s Irish operations. Clarke Energy is a specialist, and leader, in decentralised and embedded gas engine power generation including combined heat and power utilising natural gas; biogas; biomethane; syngas. Clarke Energy established an Irish business 15 years ago. John qualified as a Marine Engineer and has over 30 years’ experience in the international Energy and Power Generation sectors. Clarke Energy is the authorised distributor and service partner for Jenbacher gas engines. Clarke Energy is a Kohler company.


Paudi Reidy

LPI Group - Group CEO

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Paudi Reidy is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Cofounder of LPI Group. As CEO, he leads the executive management team and is heavily involved in the overall success of the group across Europe. He has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years’, gaining a wide range of engineering experience in data centres and mission-critical projects, as well as sectors including pharmaceutical, micro-electronics, commercial, healthcare, educational and mixed-use developments. This year he has led the transformation of Lightning Protection Ireland and Lightning Protection International into the LPI Group, as the business continues to expand across the European market.


Jo-Ann Garbutt

Mercury - Director Sustainability

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Ann Garbutt is a member of Mercury’s Executive Management Team. Ann initially joined Mercury in the role of Global People Director in 2019 where she focused primarily on organisation development and transformation projects. Over a 2-year period, working closely with Mercury’s Senior Management and the HR department, her efforts have led to successes in realising many of the company’s goals and strategies.

Ann’s global perspective, having worked in multiple countries across three continents, combined with extensive hands-on leadership experience, enables her to bring a unique and valuable approach to leading sustainability and organisational development at Mercury to support our ambitions in human, social and environmental sustainability. Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Organisation Development.


Anthony Mc Dermott

Mitchell McDermott - Partner 

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Anthony is founding partner at Mitchell McDermot has over 17 years’ experience in the construction industry having spent a number of years in leading practices in Dublin and Sydney. Anthony is a hands-on cost manager delivering projects from concept to completion and enjoys being at the client’s side offering strategic advice at all stages of a project. Anthony takes a practical common sense approach, under-pinned by service excellence and technical knowledge. The experience Anthony has gained over the years comes from working on a broad range of projects including Mixed Use Commercial, Retail and Residential. 


Cathal Quinn

MOY Roof Waterproofing - Group Commercial Director 

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Cathal Quinn was appointed Group Commercial Director with MOY Roof waterproofing system specialists in April of 2019 and is tasked with leading the Group through the commercial landscape. Managing several teams including Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Logistics and Finance, a key element of his role is to define, execute and monitor appropriate sales strategies, business development, marketing, technical operations and sales support programmes to maximise sales and profitability.

Having joined the company in 2005 Quinn has established himself as a key contact within the Mission Critical environment and is highly experienced at identifying client needs and helping solve issues throughout a project programme.


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Wayne Moody

Rittal - Sales Director Ireland 

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Electrician by trade with over 25 years’ experience in the Electrical / Automation Industry, 15 of these years spent in a highly targeted Sales & Marketing environment, specialising in the delivery and management of fast moving and solution driven product portfolios. Joined Rittal in 2018 from Schneider Electric as National Sales Manager moving to General Manager in 2019. Responsible for driving Rittal’s IE and IT Infrastructure business throughout Ireland.

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Marc Garner

Schneider Electric - VP Secure Power Division UK & Ire

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Marc Garner is the Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Secure Power Division in the UK and Ireland. He is a 15-year veteran of Schneider Electric having joined the company on a graduate program following his graduation from the University of Sunderland with an Honours Degree in Business Administration. In his role Marc is tasked with continuing the successes of Schneider Electric’s Secure Power Division, which provides integrated power, cooling and software solutions for data centres, server rooms and Edge Computing deployments throughout the UK and Ireland. Marc's responsibility also extends to leading Schneider Electric's data centre strategy for the region, ensuring all parts of our business are bringing safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable solutions to our Cloud and Service provider customers.

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Derek Kelly

Siemens Ireland - Regional Account Manager -Datacentes

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Having spend all of his working career, starting as an apprentice electrician,  Derek brings many years’ national and international experience to Siemens after hanging up the tools to pursue a long and successful sales career. Previously as Low Voltage Sales Manager Ireland for a major multinational company, Derek gained vast experience and overall market knowledge across many market segments. Derek’s focus working for Siemens Centre of Competence NL will be focused on driving the continued  Siemens growth -  Helping customers find the right solutions and link to the our experts in delivering unrivalled customer satisfaction through optimized project design, timely delivery, cost, as well as professional site and after sales services to our Customers in International Data Centre projects.


Jelle Slenters

Sims Lifecycle Services - EMEA Head of Sales

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Jelle Slenters is the Head of Business Development (EMEA) for Sims Recycling Solutions’s IT Asset Disposition division. Sims Recycling Solution’s mission is to create a world without waste, working in partnership with clients to engineer ITAD and recycling programs that deliver optimum value recovery, compliance and security, anywhere in the world. Passionate about building sustainable solutions that support the Circular Economy, Jelle has worked within the ITAD industry since 2003 . He holds degrees in economics and social economics from Hogeschool InHolland and the University of West of England. As a natural innovator Jelle’s forward-leaning approach enables him to push against the status quo, stimulate challenging debate and lead the charge for more environmentally sympathetic IT use and disposal models.

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Mathew George

Starline - Vice President Critical Power

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Mathew George is Vice President for Critical Power at Legrand Europe, global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. He is responsible for building and leading Legrand’s portfolio of Critical Power solutions within the European data centre market. Mathew is a Data Centre Solutions Expert with over two decades of experience in Technology & Critical Power Environment. He has a strong track record of working across large global organisations in multiple continents covering Hyperscale, Cloud and MTDC deployments. His experience covers power infrastructure, design, sustainable product development, energy efficiency and implementation on a global scale.

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Richard Hemming

Structuretone - Pre Construction Director

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Richard Hemming is Structure Tone’s Pre-Construction Director, with responsibility for Client Account Management, Global Services key accounts, Estimating, Marketing and all aspects leading to the accumulation of the winning bids. Richard is an integral part of the Irish Business and the Mission Critical team focusing on Ireland and mainland Europe, his focus is on sustaining growth within the sector within Ireland and in other strategic regions. Richard works closely with our HQ in NYC and other regional offices in support of our key Mission Critical accounts and their geographical requirements managed through the Dublin office. Richard joined Structure Tone in 2010 after 10 years in the Property Investment and Development sectors in Ireland and has developed our mission critical and data centre business into one our core sectors. Richard earned his BSc Degree in International Marketing and Environmental Systems from the University of Lincolnshire.

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David Phelan

Suir Engineering - Business Development Director 

A versatile and experienced business developer and project manager with a proven track record in the design, construction and project management businesses. Key areas of expertise include business development, international market development, tender and bid preparation, commercial negotiation, construction project management and interim management. Extensive knowledge and experience in the construction industry. Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to fairness, honesty and respect.


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Tim Bright 

T5 Data Centre - Executive Vice President 

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Tim is responsible for leasing T5’s international portfolio of Tier 3, concurrently maintainable and fault tolerant enterprise grade data centers,
focusing on large enterprise and hyper-scale markets, and build-to-suit pursuits.
Spanning a construction, development, and real estate career of over twenty-six years, Tim has managed the construction, development
management, and leasing of a myriad of project types including datacenters, call centers, switch locations, colocation facilities, corporate
headquarters and regional offices, condominiums, multi-family rental projects, and raw land.


Shane McMahon

Tate Inc - Sales Director Europe

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With 11 years of experience with Kingspan across multiple disciplines and business units, Shane has amassed a broad knowledge of high performance building products forming the envelopes and interiors of today’s most efficient data centres. Shane’s manufacturing, engineering and sales experience give
Host in Ireland a different viewpoint to the challenge of bringing the most energy efficient buildings into a reality

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Russell Barker

Vertiv - Product & Service Sales Director Ireland

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Russ Barker is the Product and Service Sales Director of Vertiv Ireland, with a deep history of industry-changing solutions and a well-earned reputation for innovation, Vertiv and its partners continue to raise the bar in the areas of power, cooling, access and control, monitoring, and manageability. He has 20 years of experience in the Datacentre industry through roles in Service Management, Project Management and Sales Management working with some of the words largest providers.


Pete Jones

Yondr Group - Chief Development Officer

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Pete has worked at every stage in the data center product lifecycle, and so he blends his communication skills with a deep understanding of fast-paced and complex hyperscale projects. The result is the ability to clearly and capably direct teams and products on some of the largest technical real estate projects in the world.

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