About Paul Finch
Paul Finch is Interim CEO and COO at Kao Data, providing strategic direction, innovation and leadership in the creation and delivery of the digital infrastructure platform for today’s Cloud and Edge computing requirements. Initially joining the team as CTO, he subsequently took on broader responsibilities as COO, successfully bringing Kao Data Campus (+£230m, 43.5MVA) to the London multi-tenant data centre market in 2018.
Named as one of the Data Economy 50 “The Top Influencers in Data Centres, Cloud and Data,” Paul is a highly respected technical thought leader, skilled in data centre product strategy, platform delivery, strategic operations and sales enablement. He maintains an acute focus on how the evolution of technology together with increasing end-user expectations are influencing the future shape of the data centre landscape, as well as connectivity product-sets and services.
During his 30 year career, Paul has played key roles at Fortune 500 corporations and publicly traded REIT’s including CBRE (NYSE:CBG) and Digital Realty Trust (NYSE:DLR), as well as embryonic start-ups and scale-ups. 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.
Under his operational leadership Kao Data made headlines with two prestigious industry awards: Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Datacloud Global Awards and Real Estate Deal of the Year for Goldacre Noe and Legal and General Capital at the Finvest Awards, Monaco, 2019.
He has also been engaged at a policy level representing the data centre industry, having made formal representation in Europe and North America on draft data centre policy, standards and regulations.
Paul Finch’s many credentials include: Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, Voting Executive Committee Member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 (TC9.9) – Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centres, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment (2014-2018), TC9.9 Sub-Committee Marketing Chair (2018 – Present), TechUK Technical Committee Member, EUDCA Technical Committee Member.
He holds a BSc (Hons) in Building Services Engineering from London South Bank University, PgDip in Engineering Management from Brunel University and has completed the General Management Programme at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.