21 Sep 2023

Kao Data Appoints David Bloom as New Chairman

Founding investor with demonstrable track record in data centre and digital infrastructure investments joins Kao Data’s leadership team to oversee the next phase of growth in line with the company’s strategic plans to scale into new European markets.

London, United Kingdom, September 21st, 2023 Kao Data, the specialist developer and operator of high-performance data centres for enterprise, cloud, HPC and AI, has appointed David Bloom, one of the company’s founding investors and Partner at Goldacre NOÉ Group, as the company’s new Chairman. In his new role, Bloom will take an active role in the organisation, working alongside the management team in the strategic development of Kao Data and supporting its growth ambitions within the UK and Europe.

David Bloom first founded Goldacre in 2012, prior to merging with the NOÉ Group, and in 2014 the Kao Data platform was born at the Harlow Science Park – a historical site for digital innovation, where Sir Charles Kao first pioneered fibre optics technology in 1966. Today David Bloom is responsible for Goldacre’s digital infrastructure and venture capital (VC) investments, and he has personally overseen the deployment of more than £500m of equity investment in the technology, data centre and start-up sectors.

Further, in 2022 and under Bloom’s guidance, Goldacre entered into a joint venture with The Levinstein Group to launch NED Data Centres, an Israeli-based owner-operator for the Middle Eastern market. With nearly-two decade’s experience in the funding and development of high-performance data centres, and as a founder, and strategic investor, David Bloom is well-placed to guide the next phase of Kao Data’s platform expansion.

“As one of the pioneers of Kao Data, it's been truly rewarding to see our vision for a hyperscale-inspired data centre platform come into fruition, and I’m excited to join the organisation to help spearhead the next phase of growth,” said David Bloom, Chairman, Kao Data. “I’d like to thank our outgoing Chairman, Craig Wilson, for his tenure and valuable contributions to Kao Data, during which the company has grown to become a multi-site data centre operator. With the ongoing support of our investment partners, the leading reputation of our technical, management, and operational teams, and our ethos for energy efficiency and sustainability, I believe Kao Data will see continued success as technologies such as AI and machine learning become embedded in every facet of business and enterprise.”

“David’s vision for an industrial-scale data centre campus was instrumental in both the inception of the Kao Data brand and its first location in the UK Innovation Corridor, and I’m delighted to welcome him to the senior management team,” said Spencer Lamb, Chief Commercial Officer, Kao Data. “His appointment as Chairman, combined with his unrivalled expertise in the financing and development of data centres, comes at a crucial inflection point, as we continue to drive the strategic expansion of the Kao Data platform into new territories amid accelerated market demand for high performance colocation.”

Today Kao Data has built an award-winning reputation for supporting the most advanced computing workloads with customers including NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1 supercomputer, now part of NVIDIA DGX Cloud, and a plethora of organisations within cloud, artificial intelligence, scientific research, and financial services utilising its high performance colocation services. Each of its industrial-scale data centres have been precision-engineered for hyperscale, HPC, Generative AI and supercomputing workloads, and the success of its customer acquisition strategy has seen the company scale to become a multi-site operator, with high performance data centres now located in London, the UK Innovation Corridor, and a recently announced Greater Manchester site.

Looking forward, David Bloom will support Kao Data’s senior management team in the continued strategic growth of the organisation, helping to identify new opportunities for site acquisition and development in the European region.


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