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.

Wally Blennerhassett, Sales Director at CommScope 

Wally Blennerhassett, Sales Director at CommScope

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Why We Have a Common Goal to Encourage Companies to Host Their Data in Ireland

Responsible for CommScope Enterprise sales and channel activities in Ireland including SYSTIMAX and Uniprise infrastructure solutions and CommScope In-Building wireless solutions for enhanced indoor mobile coverage.


Gary Keogh, Sales Director, Digital Realty

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Interview with Gary Keogh of Digital Realty

logo-digital-realtyGary has over 25 years of experience within the ICT industry and before joining Digital Realty held a number of senior management positions in Ericsson, BT and Colt Telecom. Gary was the Managing Director of Colt Ireland for over ten years and was instrumental in setting up the Irish business. During his time at Colt, he led the company’s success in attracting US multinationals to use Ireland as a Launchpad to Europe via the pan-European Colt Telecom network. His time at Colt also introduced him to the modular approach and new wave of constructing Data Centres. Gary joined Digital Realty in mid-2013 to promote and sell Irelands first certified Uptime Institute Tier III DC which also has innovative indirect free air cooling leading to exceptional PUEs. He is an ardent advocator of the 5Ps as promoted by HII and has been involved in all of the successes this has brought Ireland INC which has thrived and delivered a tremendous record of growth for companies locating in Ireland but trading in Europe. Email:
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Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Architect & Vice President of Innovation

EdgeConnex logo for HII Mr. Lawson-Shanks has been at the forefront of designing and deploying industry leading solutions in both the UK and the US for over 25 years. Prior to joining EdgeConneX, Phill was CTO of Virtacore responsible for datacenter build-out, network core architecture and systems to accommodate the migration and consolidation of thousands of clients and infrastructure. Phill’s team also designed and deployed the world’s largest VMware based Public Cloud. At Alcatel-Lucent Phill served as Chief Strategy Officer were he led their effective transition to the cloud, virtualizing many of their programs and creating meaningful time and cost savings. Phill joined SAVVIS as VP and GM of Hosting to re-establish the Managed Hosting business as well as introduce the ‘virtual server’ product. As Founder, VP and GM of Digital Media at MCI (now Verizon Digital Media Services), Phill created the division and received several related patents in the process. Phill holds 8 active Technology Patents secured worldwide including 4 in the U.S. and 4 in Europe.

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:

James Wilman, Chief Executive Officer at Future-tech

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Why Future-Tech & Host in Ireland, presented by James Wilman

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:

Fergus Innes, Regional Vice President - Europe, GTT

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Mr. Innes is responsible for all Hibernia Networks sales activities in Europe. Mr Innes brings over 15 years of leadership and ICT industry experience to Hibernia Networks. Prior to joining Hibernia Networks in 2009, Mr Innes worked for Colt, where he spent 8 years in a number of senior management roles. These included four years at Colt Ireland as Sales Director where he oversaw the migration from Colt’s country management operation to a centralised Business Enterprise Unit. Before Mr. Innes’ employment at Colt, he works in senior positions at Cable & Wireless, Telia Sonera and IT&T Communications. Mr. Innes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems and a Diploma in Business Studies from the University of Hull.   Email:

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.  

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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.
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Vincent Barro, Vice-President Ireland, Datacenter & IT Business, Schneider Electric

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schneider electric 2 Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of €25 billion in FY2014, our 170,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.

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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.