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Kao Data appoints David Bloom as New Chairman for UK & European Growth
Fri, 22nd Sep 2023

Kao Data, a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centres serving various sectors including enterprise, cloud, high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI), has announced the appointment of David Bloom as its new Chairman. Bloom, a founding investor in Kao Data and Partner at Goldacre NOÉ Group, will now actively participate in steering the company’s strategic development and its growth in the UK and Europe.

"David's vision for an industrial-scale data centre campus was instrumental in both the inception of the Kao Data brand and its first location in the UK Innovation Corridor, and I’m delighted to welcome him to the senior management team," says Spencer Lamb, Chief Commercial Officer at Kao Data.

David Bloom is no stranger to the technology and data centre landscape. He founded Goldacre in 2012, which later merged with the NOÉ Group. Notably, in 2014, the Kao Data platform emerged at the Harlow Science Park, a site famed for its historical significance in digital innovation, where Sir Charles Kao first pioneered fibre optics technology in 1966.

"As one of the pioneers of Kao Data, it's been truly rewarding to see our vision for a hyperscale-inspired data centre platform come into fruition, and I’m excited to join the organisation to help spearhead the next phase of growth," Bloom says. His prior work includes overseeing more than £500m of equity investment in technology, data centres, and start-ups, establishing him as well-suited to guide Kao Data's expansion.

In 2022, under Bloom's guidance, Goldacre ventured into a joint partnership with The Levinstein Group to introduce NED Data Centres, targeting the Middle Eastern market. With nearly two decades of experience in funding and developing high-performance data centres, Bloom’s appointment comes at a critical juncture for Kao Data.

The company has garnered an award-winning reputation for supporting advanced computing workloads, with clientele ranging from NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1 supercomputer to a host of organisations in cloud, AI, scientific research, and financial services. Its data centres, precision-engineered for hyperscale, HPC, Generative AI, and supercomputing workloads, have seen the company evolve into a multi-site operator with locations now in London, the UK Innovation Corridor, and a newly announced site in Greater Manchester.

In his new role, David Bloom will collaborate with the senior management team to drive Kao Data's strategic growth, particularly in identifying new opportunities for site acquisition and development within the European region. With accelerating market demand for high-performance colocation services, the appointment heralds an exciting new chapter for the company.