JLL makes senior appointments to bolster EMEA data centre operations

JLL makes senior appointments to bolster EMEA data centre operations

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JLL recently appointed Mike Harrington as its new head of data centre facilities management, EMEA and Tom Glover as its head of data centre transactions, EMEA.

As head of data centre facilities management, Harrington will oversee the delivery of facilities management operations for corporates, specialist data centre operators and cloud providers in across the region.

Prior to his joining JLL, Harrington has had an extensive career in the facilities management space, having worked in the US, Europe and APAC. Most recently he served as head of facilities management at CBRE in Asia-Pacific.

“The increase in activity in the data centre market we are experiencing will continue with the global digitisation of our economies only accelerating,” said Harrington.

“There has never been a more important time for us to help our clients manage their critical data centre facilities, and I look forward to taking on this new role at such an unprecedented time for our business.”

As for Glover, he will lead JLL’s transactional services for occupier, operator and developer clients in the date centre space.

Prior to his time at JLL, Glover worked for CBRE as a director responsible for sourcing suitable sites for data centres across Europe and providing strategic advice to landlords, investors, and occupiers active in the data centre market.

“The data centre asset class is growing just as rapidly as the data volumes used worldwide,” said Glover.

“With continued rise in demand for new data centre sites, changing IT infrastructure strategies and technologies, and investment capital increasing, I am looking forward to working with the wider JLL team to support our clients’ requirements as this dynamic part of the economy continues to grow and mature.”

The news comes as demand for data services has grown exponentially due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With millions of people working from home, attending school online, shopping online, and gaming, colocation demand in Europe has seen a 22% increase in take-up from 2019.

“The march to increased digitisation, adoption of cloud and hybrid IT strategies, shifts in global business models, data sovereignty and security, and numerous other factors, are fuelling growth in the data centre sector globally. With the surge in activity in the market, we’re seeing an increase in clients seeking advisory, transactional, and operational support relating to their data centre assets and strategies,” added Jonathan Kinsey, head of data centre services, EMEA, JLL.

“With Mike and Tom’s appointments, we’re strengthening our ability to provide expert advice to data centre occupiers, operators, developers and investors. They are both recognized experts in the industry and add further depth to JLLs global market and technical capabilities. I am excited to welcome them to the team.”

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