Kao Data, the specialist developer and operator of data centres engineered for AI and advanced computing, has appointed Doug Loewe as its new chief executive.

Originally from Ohio, in the US, 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 during a 35-year career.

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 Europe, accelerating the development of the company’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 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 Infratil and Legal & General Capital increased their equity investment in Kao Data to lead the next phase of platform growth across the UK.

The company has also invested £350m into a new, industrial-scale data centre in Kenwood Point, Manchester.

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David Bloom, founder and chairman of Kao Data, said: “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.

“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.”

Loewe, who begins his role with immediate effect, said: “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.

“I’m glad to join the organisation to lead the company’s next stage of corporate growth.”

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