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Kao Data tips Paul Finch as new interim CEO

Kao Data, one of the UK’s newest entrants to the wholesale colocation data centre market, has announced a new interim CEO who will help steer the firm through its expansion phase. Effective immediately, Paul Finch, a 30-year veteran of the industry, will step into the role previously held by Jan Daan Luycks, who is standing down to return home to the Netherlands. 

Finch will oversee a major expansion of Kao Data’s campus, which is one of the largest in the UK, offering a maximum of 43.MVA of power capacity. He’s already well versed with the company’s structure, having been one of the first to have been recruited to the senior management team at Kao Data. 

David Bloom, Partner at investors, Goldacre said, “Paul Finch has successfully led the strategic operations and platform delivery function, resulting in Kao Data’s entry into the London wholesale multi-tenant data centre (MTDC) market. The breadth and depth of his technical expertise combined with his operational knowledge has been evidenced by the outstanding performance outcomes achieved thus far for our customers and investors alike. 

“It is evident that Paul and his highly experienced senior technical team provide the highest quality resources based on tailored customer requirements. He is the perfect appointment to take Kao Data through this important next phase and has the full support of the Board.  The Board would like to take the opportunity to wish Jan Daan Luycks all the best as he returns to the Netherlands and thank him for his tremendous contributions in completing the first chapter of the Kao Data story.”

Finch added, “I’m proud to have the opportunity to lead Kao Data through this interim period and build on the solid foundations created. The Board have demonstrated their belief in me to not only ensure the digital infrastructure execution cycle continues seamlessly, but also that the broader business strategy aligns with ever changing market dynamics and evolving technologies. Kao Data is well set to deliver a strong customer advantage and continued success in a competitive and maturing market”.

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