Kao Data announces senior director appointments

15 December 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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Kao Data has named its new senior client director and business development director as it prepares for the next phase of its campus growth.

Rod Faul has joined the business as a senior client director from VIRTUS and Tom Bethell has joined as the new business development director from Next Generation Data (NGD). Combined, Faul and Bethell bring more than 40-years' experience across the data centre, HPC and telco space.

The new appointments follow that of CEO Lee Myall, who joined the business in November.

Commenting on the appointments, Myall said: "By strategically investing in our team and differentiating ourselves through the talent of our people, we’re ensuring the right foundations are in place to deliver our vision of becoming the UK’s world-class home for high performance colocation, HPC and AI, and support the company’s next phase of growth and development.”

At VIRTUS Faul's commercial contract wins contributed to transforming the organisation from a single location data centre operator to a brand now responsible for operating 100MW’s of capacity. Prior to that, Faul's telco experience led him to secure sales of more than £70m in revenue for organisations including Level3 and Telefonica.

“During a time of market consolidation, mergers and acquisition, Kao Data offers significant opportunities to innovate and work with clients outside of the industry norms,” said Faul.

“I’m delighted to be joining the team at Kao Data, and believe that our location and the expertise of our industry-leading technical team offers customers within the hyperscale, HPC and AI communities a scalable, resilient and highly-efficient home for their digital infrastructure.”

Bethell's experience includes work to identify and close high-value deals including FTSE 500 companies, and his work alongside the HPC, MSP and Telco communities at NGD. He also worked at China Telecom, Six Degrees Group and Pulsant selling voice, network, cloud and data centre services to mid-market enterprise organisations.

“Kao Data’s ability to meet and support customer demands for HPC and AI infrastructure is unrivalled in our industry, and I’m excited to be joining the team,” said Bethell. “Our location within a hotbed of HPC, AI and start-up innovation presents incredible potential to be the UK number one colocation facility for intensive and GPU-powered compute. I believe that this, combined with the depth and expertise of our leadership team and our growing cloud capabilities, will be a recipe for long-term success.”