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.

Anthony McDermott, Mitchell McDermott

Anthony has over 17 years’ experience in the construction industry having spent a number of years in a leading Irish practice before moving to Page Kirkland in Sydney for 6 years. Anthony returned to Davis Langdon/AECOM in 2007 where he spent 8 years becoming Director and Head of Cost Management for Ireland in 2010. Anthony is a hands-on cost manager delivering projects from concept to completion and enjoys being at the client’s side offering strategic advice at all stages of a project. Anthony takes a practical common sense approach,under-pinned by service excellence and technical knowledge. The experience Anthony has gained over the years comes from working on a broad range of projects including Mixed Use Commercial, Retail and Residential. Anthony’s success in his approach is evident by the consistent list of repeat clients he has maintained through forming relationships and consistently delivering for his clients throughout his career. As well as Cost Management some of Anthony’s specialisms include Technical Due Diligence and Reinstatement Valuations.
Eddie Kilbane is a seasoned Entrepreneur specialising in Data Centre Developments, having developed a number of facilities. Eddie has used his background in main stream construction to bring a different perspective to his and his partners investments, continuously achieving major signings with the largest Co-location companies in the world. Eddie has recently invested in Software, Research and Horticulture companies and supports them in their growth, using his extensive experience in multi disciplines.

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, Country Manager Ireland, Keppel DC REIT

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With over 21 years’ experience of working across the telecoms, data centre, managed services and cloud sector across Europe, Gary Watson was appointed as the Country Manager in 2016 for Keppel Data Centre REIT in Ireland. Keppel DC REIT is the first data centre real estate investment trust (DC REIT) to be listed in Asia with facilities spanning across APAC and Europe.

Watson’s flourishing career in Data Centres began in the early-nineties and joined TeleCity during the early start-up phase in 1998. Having spent several years rolling out new Data Centre facilities across Europe, he then moved to Ireland to establish and run the Irish business. After the merger between Telecity, Redbus and Globix UK, he was appointed into a Senior Management position in 2006, based in London UK. Watson led and managed seven key data centres and the integration of the three newly merged businesses before moving to Sungard Availability Services as the Country Manager for Ireland. Here, Watson focused on the growth and strategic direction of the Irish unit whilst also being a key member of the European Leadership Team. He was also appointed as the European Director of Consulting, leading a large consulting team across Europe delivering Business Continuity, IT/DC transformation and Security engagements to the enterprise. Email:

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

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.

Peter Connolly, Head of Sales, Enel X

Peter Connolly, Head of Sales, Enel X

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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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.

TESH DURVASULA | President, Europe

In his role as president of Europe, Tesh is responsible for creating a European organization that is inclusive of strategy, site selection, sales, construction, design, operations, finance, HR and legal.  Tesh will be instilling the fantastic CyrusOne culture into our European operations as well as helping facilitate the growth in that region. Since his hiring in September 2012 the company’s revenues have more than tripled.  Those gains were generated by a combination of rapid sales growth and the acquisitions of data center providers Sentinel and Cervalis as well as the data center assets of CME Group Inc.’s financial trading campus.  Tesh led the three acquisitions, which totalled over $1 Billion. +1 203.249.1400
Philip O’Doherty is the Founder and Managing Director at E+I Engineering. Philip studied Electrical Engineering in Queens University Belfast and subsequently worked in DuPont’s Derry factory. In January 1987 Philip set up E+I Engineering in Derry. Since then, the company has specialised in providing power distribution systems for large projects across the globe. E+I Engineering currently has more than 2,000 employees globally working across 4 major manufacturing sites in Ireland, Northern Ireland, USA and UAE.  Data centres continue to be an important industry for E+I Engineering and with more than 20 years’ experience within the industry.
Daniel Rosario, Sales Manager, Interxion

Daniel Rosario, Sales Manager, Interxion

Host In Ireland - InterXion Daniel Rosario joined Interxion Ireland in 2013 and is now a Sales Manager with the organisation. Daniel is a leading member of Interxion’s Irish team working across the three data centre hubs and playing a key role in Interxion’s expansion in Ireland in recent years. Daniel joined Interxion from the telecommunications sector where he worked with euNetworks, a bandwidth infrastructure provider operating across Western Europe on the retail side. Previous to this he worked with Bechtle Direct Limited the hardware supplier, and again in telecommunications where he worked with Eircom. The experience and insights he developed in his time in telecommunications and working with clients gives him a natural insight into identifying client needs and developing a solution to meet them. Having began his career with Celltel, the large Sri Lankan cellular company Daniel developed insights from an international perspective early in his career which allow him to work well with Interxion’s range of international clients. Daniel represents Interxion on the Host in Ireland executive council and holds a Higher Diploma in Computing Science and Hard Ware Engineering from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology. Email:

Managing Director of Kedington, Part of the ExcelRoadstone Group

Matt is a highly experienced engineer, with 28 years’ experience. A Consulting engineer, Matt joined Kedington in 1995 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 225 staff and is the leading IT networking company in Ireland. Excel IT and Redstone were the two premier IT Infrastructure Companies in the UK, now joined together they are the UK’s leading IT Infrastructure Company by some margin. Matt completed a deal to bring Kedington into the ExcelRedstone Group, so now the 3 companies are one of the leading IT Infrastructure companies across Europe, ideally positioned to support their clients in Europe and beyond. Over a decade ago, Matt co-founded a charity in Kenya and he allocates a portion of his time to bringing water, health and education to thousands of children there. He has received awards in Ireland and the UK for this work. He is currently working on an initiative to help five thousand children regain their eye-sight.

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.
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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.

Marc Garner VP ITD UK&I, IT Division, Schneider Electric

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.