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Peter Hannaford

Peter Hannaford

Senior Partner, Portman Partners
Peter received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Datacloud EMEA Congress in 2018 in Monaco for "outstanding achievement spanning one's entire career." The award recognized Peter for his pioneering computing initiatives that included Nigeria's first online banking system in the 1970s and the development of foreign exchange systems for international banks in the 1980s. He continued his entrepreneurial endeavours by starting one of Europe's first data center construction firms in the 1990s and founding the company which developed the first water-cooled rack for high-density servers. In 2010 Peter turned his sights to digital infrastructure talent recruitment, founding Datacenter People, the first global search firm dedicated to the data center sector. In 2018 he launched Portman Partners, helping firms in the digital infrastructure space find senior leadership talent worldwide. In 2019 Peter was included in the Power 200 list of personalities around the world "leading the data center and cloud sectors through charting new innovations or technological breakthroughs, investment or business acumen or exceptional entrepreneurial skill sets.


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