Jonathan Henry
Group Investment Director, Global Switch

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In order to support Global Switch’s continued expansion strategy in the Tier 1 markets of Europe and Asia-Pacific, and with a growing need to widen our search for all potential opportunities including development sites and acquisitions to satisfy increasing customer demand, we have created the role of Group Investment Director.  

This important new role will lead and coordinate the global development and acquisition activities across Europe and Asia-Pacific including China.  Jonathan will have responsibilities for the research, procurement and approval of new data centre sites, alongside appraising development opportunities at existing Global Switch locations and surrounding sites.  He will also be responsible for all merger and acquisition activity, including searching and assessing acquisition opportunities, and looking at new ways of working between delivery management, real estate and project management all of which will be an area of increased focus for 2021 and beyond.  Jonathan will work closely with the regional development teams to oversee the performance of our portfolio analytics and will undertake market research on existing and potential new locations.

Jonathan joins us from Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he was the Global Real Estate Transaction Manager.  At AWS he was responsible for securing data centre supply either co-location leases, build-to-suit data centres, site acquisitions for self-build, sale and lease backs as well as several other transaction structures.  He focused on driving expansion strategies in new and existing regions.

Prior to AWS, Jonathan was Director, Global Real Estate and Workplace for Mylan, a global pharmaceutical company where he was tasked with building the GRE function from the ground up.  Before this he was the Group Estate Director at Andras Group , a hospitality and property development company, which held one of the largest privately owned commercial property portfolios in Ireland.  His early career was as a chartered surveyor for CBRE where he gained valuable real estate experience.

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