Posted on October 25, 2018 by staff

London tech campus bags ex-White House staffer as COO


Here East, the East London innovation and technology campus owned by Delancey’s DV4 fund, has appointed Mike Magan as its new chief operating officer.

In his new role, Magan will have overall responsibility for the daily operations of the 1.2m sq ft campus and community of 3,500 entrepreneurs, academics and creatives.

Joining from the Momo Group, he has previously worked in a number of high-profile roles in both the public and private sector.

Whilst in the public sector he served as a White House official and special assistant to the President under George W Bush. During this time he was responsible for multi-million-dollar policy initiatives.

Moving into the private sector, Magan became managing director at Media Intelligence before founding Magan Dahlgren Ltd in 2012.

His appointment comes as former COO Andrew Roughan left the role last month in order to take the position of managing director at Here East’s Plexal Innovation Centre.

Here East is home to a diverse community of tenants, spanning start-ups, global corporates, creative businesses and academic institutions. The campus has brought more than 3,500 jobs to the Stratford area and is heralded as a global leader in the commercial redevelopment of Olympic parks.

The campus is home to academic institutions such as Loughborough University London and UCL, fast-growth businesses including and Sega’s Sports Interactive and global companies such as BT Sport and Ford.

Here East is fast becoming a cultural hub and a leader in the creative industries, with the announcement of the arrival of the V&A Collection and Research Centre and the opening of new state-of-the-art studios for creatives with The Trampery.

“This position provides the opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing clusters of tech and creative businesses in London, the UK’s largest campus dedicated to business innovation and a world-class community,” said Magan.

“Here East encourages collaboration and innovation on an unprecedented scale, allowing companies no matter how large or small to thrive. I look forward to getting involved in the Here East community to encourage the further divergence of creativity and technology.”