Monday, 28th September 2020

Paul Finch appointed interim CEO as Kao expands London campus

Paul Finch becomes Interim CEO to lead the company through the next phase of development and expansion.


  • Professional services consultants have been instructed to initiate pre-construction activities at the North East London data centre campus.
  • Through technical leadership Kao Data continues to drive innovation; increasing reliability and supporting 100% availability at reduced total cost of operations.

September 19th, 2019, London, United Kingdom - Kao Data, the home of innovation and the UK’s leading entrant to the wholesale colocation data centre market, has announced that Paul Finch is to lead the company as interim CEO through the expansion phase of the 43.5MVA campus development. The announcement is made as incumbent, Jan Daan Luycks stands down from the company based on his decision to return home to the Netherlands.

Paul Finch has 30 years of progressive experience in the industry, including over a decade at senior management level, focussed on data centres, technical real estate and complex engineering infrastructure. Paul was the first person recruited to the senior management team at Kao Data, and this new appointment demonstrates the company’s commitment to the next phase of its wholesale data centre development.

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.”

Paul Finch stated, “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”.

Under the operational leadership of Paul Finch, Kao Data has recently made headlines with two prestigious industry awards: Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Datacloud Global Awards 2019, and Real Estate Deal of the Year for Goldacre Noe and Legal and General Capital at the Finvest Awards. Both events took place in Monaco in June this year.

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