Monday, 30th November 2020

Kao appoints Lee Myall as Chief Executive Officer

Kao Data, the specialist developer and operator of advanced, carrier neutral data centres for high performance colocation, has appointed Lee Myall as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead its next stage of corporate growth and expansion.

After a successful year including a commercial re-brand, new customer acquisitions and additional technical space brought online, Lee Myall’s arrival enables Paul Finch to transition from the role of Interim CEO and continue to serve as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). This is crucial as the company prepares for the second construction phase of its £230m Harlow campus development.

With an extensive background within privately owned international tech companies, Lee Myall brings first class commercial leadership experience along with strategic management of high growth, scale-up environments and business transformation strategies. With a passion for managing mission-critical digital infrastructure, Lee Myall has previously worked across the telco, software, cloud services, data centre and connectivity sectors.

His earlier career includes responsibility for overseeing the success of SaaS provider WAM!NET in Europe, leading to its acquisition by SAVVIS in 2003, as well as the inception and delivery of a complex solutions division at Interoute, one of Europe’s largest independent fibre networks and cloud networking platforms. Whilst there, Lee pioneered its IaaS/cloud computing business units and was responsible for handling large-scale, blue chip digital transformation projects. Together, this helped grow the Interoute business to €750M and contributed to its successful sale in a $2.3BN acquisition by GTT in 2018. Lee most recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at Epsilon, a cloud and fabric connectivity platform before joining Kao Data.

David Bloom, Kao Data Board Member and Partner at investment firm Goldacre-Noé Group said, “On behalf of the Board, we are delighted to be welcoming Lee to the company as our new CEO. Lee joins Kao Data at an exciting time and his impressive track record in corporate and commercial management provides Kao Data with the perfect leadership to drive our next phase of growth.”

David further added: “The Board wishes to thank Paul for his phenomenal contribution to the company as interim-CEO and with the executive team complete, Paul is now able to fully focus as our COO - spearheading Kao Data’s operational and technical expansion to meet our accelerated customer demands.”

“The team at Kao Data have an outstanding reputation within the industry and I’m delighted to have joined as their new CEO,” said Lee Myall, Chief Executive Officer, Kao Data. “The importance of mission-critical digital infrastructure to industry, business and society has never been more paramount. I'm excited to be part of Kao Data’s strong and dynamic leadership team, and with a perfectly aligned commercial strategy, we are on track to become the UK’s preeminent provider of advanced colocation for high performance computing, artificial intelligence and enterprise.”

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