Host in Ireland is an industry-led initiative specifically developed to generate awareness and recognition of Ireland’s benefits as an optimum location to host digital assets. Executive Committee members evaluate the performance of the initiative, review, monitor and assess the progress, serve as the advocate for their specific partner companies, and gather input from and serve as a liaison with relevant constituencies. In addition, Executive Committee members provide feedback from the community, provide technical expertise, serve as an independent, unbiased sounding board, and assist in determining important activities. Other responsibilities that members have had as part of the Executive Council include providing guidance to articulate the goals of the initiative, ensuring effective planning, and enhancing the organization’s public standing.  

Tommy Fitzpatrick, Global Account Director, CBRE

cbre-logo-vector With 15 years of critical environment experience Tommy has established a new start up business in Ireland for CBRE Norland. As Global Account Director for the Data Center Solution Division, Tommy has vast experience mobilising greenfield data centers across 3 continents and the challenges this entails. Technically strong with a focus on human factors and behaviours has enabled him to develop an unrivalled mission critical offering. Now recognised as industry leaders in the full life cycle of data centers, CBRE can support Hosting in Ireland in the promotion of 5p’s from consultancy to the application layer. Email:

Gary Watson, General Manager Ireland, Keppel DC REIT

Keppel Data Centres

Keppel DC Dublin 1 is a result of our industry-leading experts who possess proven track record in designing, developing, and operating data centres. By delivering large scale data centre space and tailor-made colocation solutions to enterprises, we ensure quality and cost efficiency. Keppel DC Dublin 1 forms a part of the portfolio of Keppel DC REIT, the first data centre real estate investment trust listed in Asia.


Mike Wegwermer, Co-Founder & Director of Circular Data Solutions

Circular Data Centers

Industry veteran in data destruction services specialising in end of life data storage equipment and devices. Co-Founder of Circular Data Solutions Ltd the EMEA distribution partners of Secure IT Engineered Solutions manufacturers and suppliers of NSA approved data destruction equipment to Governments and Commercial organisations.

Mike has focused his business on developing ‘in-house’ and managed services for a range of data destruction solutions. Driven by the need for organisations to ensure the chain of custody of their data is not broken.

He has recently been appointed a Partner with Host in Ireland and is a specialist speaker and panellist on all matters relating to ‘end of life data’ within a GDPR framework.

Adrian Hayes Sales Director - Ireland

CommScope, the world’s leading provider of Copper, Fibre and Intelligent infrastructure solutions is a key technology innovator—working with customers and partners to solve their toughest network challenges, and advancing the industry in the process. It’s all on display at our Bray, Ireland manufacturing facility and Innovation Centre where Adrian has hosted many Customer visits from across all Vertical markets across the globe.Adrian has over 30 years of experience in the Telecommunications Industry with CommScope holding key roles in Manufacturing Operations, Product Management, Cost Accounting, Finance Management including Systems Accounting, Sales & Channel Management along with directing Sales Operations for the Enterprise and Service Provider Business for CommScope across EMEA. Adrian most recently has taken up the role as Sales Director for Ireland supporting customers with SYSTIMAX and NETCONNECT Solutions. Adrian has a Business Management Degree from Maynooth College, Ireland along with a fellowship from the Accounting Technicians of Ireland after completing his ATI & CIMA Financial studies at Griffith College Dublin.

Val Walsh, Vice President of Global Asset Management

logo-digital-realtyValerie Walsh is the Vice President of Asset Management for Digital Realty in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Ms. Walsh joined Digital Realty as one of its first employees in Europe, through an acquisition in 2006. As Head of Asset Management, she has responsibility for the financial performance of the portfolio of 35 properties in EMEA, ensuring the company maintains continued growth through successful new signings, on-going control of expenses and retaining required returns on capital invested in the region. Over the course of her 10-plus years’ experience with Digital Realty, Ms. Walsh has been actively involved in financial management of each property from inception to full occupancy, which included the development of 16 new data centres, ten ground up new developments and six redeveloped properties, as well as the integration of large acquired portfolios (Sentrum in 2012 and Cheetah in 2016). She is an integral part of the Digital Realty leadership team in the EMEA region.

Phillip Marangella, Chief Marketing Officer, EdgeConneX

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Phillip Marangella has more than 20 years of strategy, business development and marketing experience working in the telecom, technology and data center sectors. As Chief Marketing Officer at EdgeConneX, Phillip develops and executes the marketing strategy and ecosystem development plans for the company. He has been with EdgeConneX for nearly three years and previously served as Vice President of Business Development when he was initially focused on building out the international footprint, and cloud and IoT ecosystems for the company. Prior to joining EdgeConneX, he held senior executive positions in global strategy, marketing and business development for such leading providers as Equinix, CoreSite, Verizon Business and Nortel Networks.
Phillip earned a Master in International Business degree from Boston University and a Bachelor in Political Science degree from the University of California, San Diego.

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Peter Connolly, Regional Manager at Enel X; Ireland

Peter currently leads Enel X’s client facing activities within Ireland. Prior to this, he spent 10 years in various management and market development positions within the Danish headquartered building technologies organisation, the VKR-Group. A mechanical engineering graduate with a MSc in energy from the Dublin Institute of Technology, he has been involved in the design and project management of award winning energy efficient buildings and systems across Europe, APAC and the US.

Maurice Mortell, Managing Director of Ireland and Emerging Markets

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Ireland, a Stepping Stone from the US to Europe

Appointed as the Country Manager for Ireland in August 2011, Maurice was also selected as the VP of Developing Markets in January 2014. In this role, Maurice oversees the recently acquired TelecityGroup businesses in Turkey, Poland and Bulgaria, whilst still playing a key role in TelecityGroup Ireland’s strategy and expansion. Prior to his role within TelecityGroup, Maurice was the CEO of Irish data centre operator, Data Electronics for over 10 years. As CEO, Maurice set the vision and strategy for the company, driving consistent business growth during his leadership tenure. With over two decades experience in the data centre sector, Maurice has been a key figure in the rise of the data-centre industry in Ireland and is highly regarded as a thought leader on Ireland’s potential to be a global digital hub. As a graduate of Business Studies from the College of Commerce, Maurice is a former board member of the Irish Internet Association and a former chairman of the Outsourced Services Group within IBEC. Maurice holds the 2012 ICT Excellence ‘Person of the Year’ honour, awarded based on his invaluable contribution to the ICT sector in Ireland. Email:

Greg Hayden, CEO of Ethos Engineering

Greg Hayden is the founding CEO of Ethos Engineering, and has been working in the construction industry since 1987, gaining a wide range of engineering experience in data centres and mission critical projects as well as sectors including pharmaceutical, micro-electronics, healthcare, commercial and mixed-use developments. Greg’s experience covers design, value engineering, construction management, commissioning management, sustainable design, auditing and implementation.

James Wilman, Chief Executive Officer at Future-tech

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Currently working at Future-Tech, an industry leading and multi award winning data centre professional services organisation, James has worked on a broad variety of data centre projects within the EMEA region, including countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Poland, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. With extensive experience in all aspects relevant to technical data centre design and construction as well as expertise in performing technical due diligence within the data centre industry, James is a highly regarded data centre consultant and a regular speaker at industry events, policy sessions and data centre related round tables Email:

Ciarán Delaney, Vice President of Operations & Optical Engineering

Ciarán Delaney is a self-motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking professional with 10-plus years of extensive experience in the telecoms industry. He has an in-depth knowledge of submarine/terrestrial cable systems and telecom/transport equipment at layer 1, 2 and 3. Mr. Delaney has a proven record of not only leading a large technical group but also designing, planning and implementing large network projects.

Tanya Duncan, Managing Director, Interxion

Host In Ireland - InterXion With over 15 years in the ICT industry, Tanya began her career in the Telecoms sector with roles at both KPNQwest and Esat BT. Tanya then joined Interxion in 2001, where she held a number of positions before becoming Managing Director in 2005.

Tanya’s customer focus coupled with a strong understanding of both business and technical requirements has propelled Interxion’s success in the Irish data centre market. Tanya has played a vital role in the positioning and development of Interxion’s data centres in Ireland.

Tanya holds a degree in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin as well as a postgraduate qualification in Business Studies. She has extensive experience in the management of complex customer environments, capital-intensive projects, as well as in strategic business development. 

In addition, Tanya is the Vice Chair of the Telecoms Internet Federation Outsourcing Group in Ireland. Email:  

Managing Director of Kedington

Matt is a highly experienced engineer and with 28 years of experience. A Consulting Engineer, Matt joined Kedington in 1995 initially as a Senior Design Engineer. Subsequently he was appointed head of its IP Infrastructure division in 1997 and became Managing Director in 2003. Matt has a proven track record of growing and developing Kedington’s networking business across several markets and segments. Kedington is now employing circa 200 staff and is the leading IT networking company in Ireland.  

Mark Flanagan Group Operations Director of Kirby

As Group Operations Director, Mark Flanagan has overall responsibility for operational activities across all of Kirby’s business units and regions. Working closely with the Group’s Managing Director, Mark is centrally involved in the direction of company operations to achieve client satisfaction and overall team performance. Mark brings over 20 years of extensive industry experience to the Host in Ireland Executive Committee.  

Paul Carthy, Business Development Manager, Mercury Engineering

Paul Carthy is a high-energy, results-oriented and commercially-sharp Sales Manager with a proven track record and consummate ability to broaden contacts and networks and create real opportunities internationally. He is a strategic thinker and innovative manager specialising in new business development, market share and customer relationship management.

Terry Gillick, Division President, Primary Integration

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Primary Integration Terry Gillick is Division President of Primary Integration Solutions, Inc, and responsible for the commissioning business operations, including oversight of program management, performance of commissioning program development, electrical and mechanical system testing, test procedure designs, system reliability, and the production of technical documents. He holds over 30 years of MEP-T design and commissioning experience, working in mission critical, healthcare, and pharmaceutical facilities. Terry is a national thought leader in the commissioning of mission critical facilities and extremely knowledgeable in the engineering and specification of sophisticated building automation, UPS, emergency power, defensive filtration, telecommunications, security systems, and precision cooling. He has managed the design and commissioning for a number of high profile and prestigious projects, including IBM Leadership Data Center, several Bank of America Data Center facilities, and numerous government classified data centers.

Ivan Habovcik, IDT Sales Director - Ireland

schneider electric 2 Ivan Habovcik is a successful international manager with a career of repeat success growing sales, revenue and profits. Ivan has opened several business entities, implemented strategies for accelerated growth or turnaround of organisations and has led the successful consolidation of several others. He has a strong results-oriented personality and proven success record in general management, sales, public relations, business development, M&As, and transforming businesses. Ivan has international experience in mature and emerging markets across Central Europe and Southeast Asia, as well as business development for single phase UPS in Central Eastern Europe and Israel, a region with 15 countries and 12 languages. For more than a decade, he served as the Country Manager or ITB Vice President in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Vietnam. Ivan is fluent in English, Russian, Czech and Slovak languages, and understands German, Polish and Vietnamese.

Gavan Plunkett, Global Account Manager - Data Center Solution Division

Gavan Plunkett joined Siemens in January 2016 as a Global Account Manager working with major international key accounts for the design, build and operation of their data centres throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. Gavan is responsible for development, profitable growth, collaboration and life cycle management within the data centre market for all of Siemens Solutions Portfolio, including Building Automation, Fire, Security, DCIM, Energy Management Solutions, LV/MV/HV and Busway. Prior to joining Siemens, Gavan spent 17 years in the IT and telecommunications industries, having worked with BT and Colt Technology Services. Within these positions, Gavan was focused heavily on data centre solutions.  


Noel O'Grady, Senior Business Development Manager, Sungard Availability Services

  sungardlogo Senior executive with over 20 year's proven track record of success in sales & marketing. Founded tech startup Fort Technologies and took from concept, bootstrapping, market identification, beta, launch, angel & seed VC investment to growth. Completed trade sale of the business to larger US software company in 2012. Managed the sales and marketing function for an Irish technology business doubling the company’s turnover within two years. While in this position Noel built and managed a sales team, executed multiple advertising and public relations campaigns and won large public and private contracts for the business. In the technology sector Noel has headed up the sales and marketing effort for a Plc within the Irish market, this included the market launch of the business in Ireland and all business development activities bringing the business from a loss making to profitable situation.


Derek Kelly, Regional Sales Manager, Universal Electric Corporation



Derek Kelly recently joined Universal Electric Corporation (UEC) as Regional Sales Manager in Ireland. Derek’s primary responsibilities are to drive sales and business development in Ireland while expanding growth and awareness of the Starline product suite. Prior to joining UEC, Derek spent 23 years with ABB working in a variety of sales and business development roles, of which the last 12 were spent as Sales Manager of the Electrification Division. While at ABB, he concentrated his efforts on the data centre market and other renewable segments, such as EV Charging. A time served Electrical Technician, Derek has more than 35 years of experience in the Irish technological sector and membership in organizations such as the Electrical Manufacturers & Distributors Association and the Electro Technical Council Ireland.

Seamus Cussen, Sales Director Europe / Middle East, Tate Inc.



Seamus leads the Tate business in European market, responsible for sales, business development and overall management of the business. Previously Seamus spent 8 years in North America in various senior management positions for different divisions of the Kingspan Group. He graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with BComm and from the Smurfit Business School with Masters in Management.