Kris Kumar
CEO, Bridge Data Centres

Speaker Profile

- Kris Kumar together with Michael Foust, ex-founder and CEO of Digital Realty (NYSE:DLR), have founded Bridge Data Centres to leverage their combined 50+ years of experience in investing, developing, designing, building and operating best-in-class, resilient, efficient and reliable data centre facilities. Kris is building a US$3 Bn enterprise with funding from with Bain Capital

- Between March 2015 and September 2016, Kris advised the board and management, and led a 74% divestment of, business planned and re-engineered a large Colocation Data Centre business, with an EV of US$650 M, owned by Tata Communications with multiple data centre assets in Asia including India and Singapore.

- Kris previously was the Regional Head of Asia Pacific for Digital Realty between Feb 2010 and Nov 2014, and was responsible for creating the regional organization, and directing Digital Realty’s data centre portfolio expansion, as well as its corporate and operational activities in the Asia Pacific region. Successful projects were executed in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne and Osaka
  o In that role Kris carried out market identification and entry, strategies for acquisition and development of data centres, Joint Venture and third-party funding activities, investor relations, and development of Sales and Marketing strategies.
  o Under Kris’ leadership his team developed a US$1.8 Bn Enterprise Value business in Asia Pacific from a zero base in under 4 years, using high-growth strategies and well-planned execution principles. The overall regional team under Kris’ leadership included over 90 professionals.

- Kris has over 35 years of experience in the technology, telecom, data center, real estate, and maritime industries. From 2004 until joining Digital Realty, Kris was the President and founder of Global DC, a specialized investment advisory and project implementation business that conceptualized, business-planned and delivered move-in ready data center projects for major corporate enterprises and international telecom and IT companies across the Asia Pacific region.

- Prior to that, Kris was Founder of CFM Group, a company engaged in business planning, project advisory/management, data center design/build and managed IT services across the Asia Pacific region. Kris grew CFM Group to an $80+ Million annualized revenue business and sold it in 2000 to Nortel Networks, where he was the head of Strategy for Asia Pacific until 2004.

- Kris also served as a Chief Engineer in the British and American Merchant Navy for 10 years

A sample of a media interview in 2014 is available at the link below
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv/tvshows/firstlook/propertyandtech/techknow/digital-consumers/1225738.html

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