FIF25. The world’s top 25 finance and investment movers and shakers in data centres and cloud

The top 25 movers and shakers in the finance, investment and funding of data centres and cloud.

Data Economy introduces the first finance and investment focused list of its kind with the data centre and cloud sectors’ top minds involved in the sector’s innovative financial governorship.

The FIF 25 is sponsored by London Stock Exchange Group and CNet Training.

The FIF25 was first published in the Data Economy magazine. Click the image above to read the latest edition.

Amy E. Hood, CFO & EVP, Microsoft

As chief financial officer, Seattle-based Amy Hood is responsible for leading Microsoft’s worldwide finance organisation, including acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, and internal audit and investor relations.

Prior to this role, Hood was chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Business Division, responsible for the company’s productivity applications and services including Microsoft Office 365, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM.

During her time in the Business Division, Hood helped lead the transition to the company’s Office 365 service, and she was deeply involved in the strategy development and overall execution of the company’s successful acquisitions of Skype and Yammer.

Hood joined Microsoft in 2002 and previously held positions in the Server and Tools Business as well as the corporate finance organization. Prior to 2002, she worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. in various investment banking and capital markets groups roles.

Hood earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Bob DeSantis, CEO, 365 Data Centers

Executive and entrepreneur Bob DeSantis has held senior leadership positions in public and private, competitive and regulated companies within the communications, technology, and energy industries.

He has been a leader in acquiring, building and growing businesses and arranging for their initial public offerings and other strategic events. DeSantis’s expertise spans strategy, operations, finance, corporate law, real estate, and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to becoming the CEO of 365 Data Centers, he was the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Xand, which became the leading, privately owned, data centre, managed services and cloud services operator in the Northeast prior to its sale to Tierpoint.

His previous technology and communications experience includes serving as President and COO of cloud operator Flexisphere, CFO of, CFO of Electric Lightwave, EVP of Tellium, and CFO of Frontier Communications (f/k/a Citizens Communications).

DeSantis started his career as a Tax Specialist at KPMG and then as a Tax Attorney with GTE Corp. He broadened his professional expertise by serving as President & COO of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the overseer of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

He holds both BSE and MS degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) and a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Bars of several state and federal courts.

Byrne Murphy, Co-owner and Chairman, DigiPlex

Byrne Murphy has more than thirty years’ experience in international development and investment, and has grown start-up companies on three separate occasions into platforms of up to $1+ billion of assets under management.

After developing high-end mixed-use projects in Washington DC in the 1980’s and ‘90s, he has dedicated the last 25 years to transplanting three concepts from USA to Europe, namely: outlet centres, data centres, and private residence clubs.

In the data centre space, his most successful venture has been Digiplex, co-owned with Bill Conway, the Co-founder, Co-CEO and CIO of The Carlyle Group. The Scandinavian data centre operator has become the largest privately own company in the sector to operate in the region with four data centres.

Murphy was also the Co-Founder and Deputy Chief Executive of BAA-McArthurGlen, the company responsible for first importing the designer outlet concept to the UK and Europe.

He opened the company’s Paris office in 1992, and spearheaded the company’s expansion across Europe over the ensuing seven years, resulting in sales generation over $1bn across the portfolio.

Byrne received his MBA from University of Virginia and his BA (Cum Laude) from Harvard University.

Colm Piercy, Founder and CEO, Chirisa Investments

Colm Piercy is one of Ireland’s top TMT investors having inked his name on some of the country’s largest data centre and telecommunications. He founded Dublin-based private investment firm Chirisa Investments in 2011 and currently serves as its CEO.

He is also a founder and group CEO of the DIGIWEB Group, an independent telecoms and managed services provider, which includes Viatel, an international connectivity and colocation provider, and Digiweb and has operations in UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland.

Piercy serves as CEO of Viatel, and is also the Chairman of Dataplex, a wholesale data centre, company based in the Irish Capital, and chairman of 365 Data Centers.

Additionally, the executive serves as chairman of iM Data Centers since 2016. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Piercy was Innovation and Research Services Manager at the Dundalk Institute of Technology and a former lecturer in Computing and Engineering at the University of Limerick.

He holds a Bachelor degree of engineering from the University of Limerick.

Constantinos Shiatis, Principal Banker, ICT Team, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Constantinos Shiatis has over 12 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has been the mastermind behind many data centre investments in Central and Eastern Europe and North Africa for EBRD.

With a capital base of €30bn, the EBRD was established in 1991 to meet the challenge of an extraordinary moment in Europe’s history, the collapse of communism in its East.

The EBRD is the largest single investor in its existing region operating in 36 countries from central Europe to central Asia and southern and eastern Mediterranean and has over 40 local offices.

In North Africa and the Middle East, this includes Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan. The EBRD invests mainly in private enterprises, usually together with commercial partners.

It provides project financing for the financial sector and the real economy, both new ventures and investments in existing companies.

It also works with publicly-owned companies to support privatisation, the restructuring of state-owned firms and the improvement of municipal services.

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