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Our People

Paul Finch, COO

Paul Finch is Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Board Director at Kao Data, responsible for operations including data centre design, development, engineering and product strategy.

Paul has 28 years’ progressive experience with over 10 years of operating at a senior management level, focused on data centres, technical real estate and complex infrastructure.

Prior to Kao Data, Paul was Senior Director at Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR) responsible for driving innovation and creating and executing the complex data centre development and infrastructure strategy across EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) (and formerly Asia Pacific).

Prior to this he was a Director at CBRE (NYSE:CBG), leading their London engineering management business unit and has an additional 18 years’ progressive experience in engineering, construction and project management, working with customers across the banking and financial services, oil and gas, technology, media, telecommunications and internet sectors.

Paul has been engaged at a policy level representing the data centre industry having made formal representation in both the US and EU on future data centre policy, standards and legislation.

He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with the UK Engineering Council, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (MASHRAE) and an active Voting Executive Committee Member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9 (TC9.9) – Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centres, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment.

Paul 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.