Keppel Data Centres, Executive Committee, Host in Ireland
With over 20 years’ experience of working across the telecoms, data centre, managed services and cloud sector across Europe, Gary Watson was appointed as the GM 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 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 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 as Senior Operations Manager 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.