Paul Finch is interim CEO and COO at Kao Data, providing strategic direction and oversight to the company, and policy level leadership to the European and North American data centre industries. Named by Data Economy as one of the “Top Influencers in Data Centres, Cloud and Data”, Paul is a globally respected data centre thought-leader.During his 30-year career, Paul has played key roles at Fortune 500 corporations and publicly traded REIT’s including CBRE and Digital Realty Trust, as well as an early career in engineering consultancy, advisory and project management. In total, he has overseen the creation and execution of global developments exceeding £1.0bn in capital deployment and supporting over 200MW of technical space.Paul is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, Voting Executive committee member of ASHRAE’s Technical Committee 9.9 (2014-2018) and a TechUK Technical Committee Member. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Building Services Engineering, a PgDip in Engineering Management and is a graduate of the General Management Programme at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.
Interim CEO and COO, KAO Data, Member at Large, AC Member: 2020-2021