Who is Doug Loewe? Kao Data Appoints New CEO to Meet Demand

Now at Kao Data, Doug Loewe will lead the next phase of the company's growth strategy across the UK and Europe
Accomplished data centre leader Doug Loewe joins Kao Data to pioneer the next phase of company expansion and meet demand for AI and intensive computing

Specialist data centre operator and developer Kao Data has appointed Doug Loewe as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Loewe is already an accomplished industry leader with an international reputation for strategic corporate development. He is joining Kao Data in the wake of a successful year of new customer acquisitions, investments and data centre deployments.

Kao Data engineers data centres for artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced computing. With more than 35 years of experience in building and leading numerous high performance businesses within the global technology industry, Loewe is well-positioned to support the company’s desire to expand.

Securing a data centre future driven by AI

Loewe holds a degree in computer science from Ohio State University, in addition to an MBA from the University of Chicago and a director’s course at Harvard Business School. He also serves as a Distinguished Executive in Residence (DEIR) for the University of Chicago, continuing to engage in various mentoring, humanitarian and philanthropic pursuits with a key focus on technology.

Prior to Kao Data, Loewe has held senior and board-level positions at a wide range of renowned companies, including Macquarie Asset Management, Virtus, Yondr, Interxion, Rackspace, and CompuServe Network Services.

Throughout his career, he has cemented a reputation for leadership across start-ups, scale-ups and large corporations and adopts an approach that centres on entrepreneurialism at all levels of operation.

Now at Kao Data, he will lead the next phase of Kao Data’s growth strategy across the UK and Europe. He will do this by working to accelerate the development of the company’s high performance colocation platform, which is engineered for AI and advanced computing, into new territories and next-tier data centre hubs. 

The company's data centres are designed to be energy-efficient, sustainable and have a proven track record of delivering secure mission-critical data centre solutions to its customers.

“Doug’s outstanding reputation for driving business strategy, growth and leading world-class teams truly speaks for itself,” says David Bloom, Founder and Chairman at Kao Data

“His visionary insight and ethos for entrepreneurialism will help us drive another step-change in performance as we seek to fast-track our ambitions across the European region, and scale our sustainable, secure, and advanced data centre platform, engineered for AI.”

Accelerating Kao Data’s development

Throughout his career, Loewe has pioneered large scale data interconnection and AI inference data centre developments. He has joined Kao Data at a crucial moment for the company, which has experienced a year of successful customer developments across AI, hyperscale cloud, research and financial services.

Last year (2023) also saw the company establish a new capital structure and invest £350m (US$445m) into a new industrial-scale data centre in Greater Manchester, UK. 

In addition, the company announced in November 2023 that its KLON-02 data centre is now fully operational at its Harlow campus. The company is working to cement the Harlow campus as one of the UK’s preeminent locations for GPU-powered AI and advanced workloads.

In addition to these capabilities, KLON-02 is powered by a ground-breaking combination of 100% certified renewable energy sources and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), which reduces the facility's environmental impact and aims to empower customers to directly lower their computing scope 3 emissions.

“For almost a decade, Kao Data has established an enviable reputation as a pioneer within the fields of AI and high performance computing (HPC), and the company’s award-winning infrastructure, technical and operations teams are already trusted to host some of the industry’s most demanding, mission critical compute environments,” says Doug Loewe.

“With a rich heritage of delivering data centre excellence, and underlying principles that ensure sustainability and ESG are at the heart of every decision, it was a natural fit with the high-achieving values I have always held close, and I’m glad to join the organisation to lead the company’s next stage of corporate growth.” 

Loewe begins his new role as CEO of Kao Data with immediate effect. 

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