With over 25 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. Gary has held numerous Senior Management positions in TeleCity and SunGard Availability Services and sits as a serving member of Host In Irelands Executive Council. Gary holds a MSc in Facilities and Workplace Management from London Metropolitan University.
Garys career in Data Centres began in the early-nineties and joined TeleCity during the early start-up phase in 1998. Having spent a number of 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.
This experience has led to Watson becoming an expert, well-regarded stakeholder and influencer in the Cloud and DC marketplace today.