Kao Data appoints Doug Loewe as Chief Executive Officer

Accomplished, industry-leader with a strong, international track record for strategic, corporate development joins Kao Data following a successful year of new customer acquisitions, investments, and data centre deployments.

Kao Data has appointed Doug Loewe as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio, in the United States, Doug Loewe is an accomplished, international business executive, who, for over the last 35 years, has built and led numerous high performing teams and businesses within the diverse, global technology industry.

With an exceptional reputation for leadership across start-ups, scale-ups, and large corporations and an approach that centres on orchestrating entrepreneurialism at all levels of operation, Loewe has previously held senior positions at a host of respected companies including Macquarie Asset Management (MAM), Virtus, Yondr, Interxion, Rackspace and CompuServe Network Services.

His career experience is supported by a degree in computer science from Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a director’s course at Harvard Business School. He also serves as a Distinguished Executive in Residence (DEIR) for the University of Chicago, and continues to engage in various mentoring, humanitarian, and philanthropic pursuits with a key focus on technology.

Having pioneered large scale data interconnection and AI inference data centre developments in previous roles, Loewe will lead the next phase of Kao Data’s growth strategy across the UK and continental Europe, accelerating the development of Kao Data’s high performance colocation platform engineered for AI and advanced computing into new territories and next-tier data centre hubs.

Loewe joins Kao Data at a critical inflection point in the company’s trajectory, following a year of successful new customer wins across AI, hyperscale cloud, research, and financial services. Additionally, 2023 saw the company establish a new capital structure from its shareholders Infratil Ltd, Legal & General Capital, and Goldacre Noé Group, and invest £350M into a new, industrial-scale data centre in Greater Manchester. Further, in November 2023, Kao Data also announced that its KLON-02 data centre was fully operational, reinforcing its Harlow campus as one of the UK’s preeminent locations for GPU-powered AI and advanced workloads.

“Doug’s outstanding reputation for driving business strategy, growth and leading world-class teams truly speaks for itself, and on behalf of the shareholders and senior management team, I’m delighted to welcome him to Kao Data,” said David Bloom, Founder and Chairman, Kao Data. “His visionary insight and ethos for entrepreneurialism will help us drive another step-change in performance as we seek to fast-track our ambitions across the European region, and scale our sustainable, secure, and advanced data centre platform, engineered for AI.”

“For almost a decade, Kao Data has established an enviable reputation as a pioneer within the fields of AI and high performance computing (HPC), and the company’s award-winning infrastructure, technical and operations teams are already trusted to host some of the industry’s most demanding, mission critical compute environments,” said Doug Loewe, CEO, Kao Data. “With a rich heritage of delivering data centre excellence, and underlying principles that ensure sustainability and ESG are at the heart of every decision, it was a natural fit with the high-achieving values I have always held close, and I’m glad to join the organisation to lead the company’s next stage of corporate growth.”

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