Michael Tobin OBE – a unique entrepreneur, philanthropist, and champion of entrepreneurial success.
As the former “maverick” CEO of Telecity Group, the FTSE 250 data centre operator, Michael is known across the globe as the industry entrepreneur who created the data centre industry in Europe.
Michael’s entrepreneurial journey began as a homeless young man in a squat in Bermondsey selling old pianos found in condemned houses. Working his way up through a range of global organisations after a lucky break to become an apprentice with Rockwell Group, he became CEO of Telecity Group in 2006.
Michael stepped down from Telecity in 2014 after a tenure which saw the company’s market capitalisation value increase from £6m to £1.6bn. Noted for his legendary management style, which included taking his colleagues to swim with sharks; to be “kidnapped” by former KGB agents; and to sleep in an ice hotel, he was recognised as the key figure in the success of the UK and European data centre industry – receiving an OBE for his “services to the Digital Economy”.
After stepping down from his role at Telecity in 2014, Michael turned his attention to supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and leaders in the digital and technology space. He is now Chairman and non-exec director at an incredible nine companies based across four continents.
Under his guidance and leadership, new entrepreneurs have created unrivalled success in their niche industries, and reached exceptional heights of investment and growth.
One of Debretts “People of Today”, three times Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and 2016 Chairman of the Year at the International Business Awards, Michael gives every ounce of his energy to support others and is sought after across the globe for his unparalleled and inspirational approach.
Today Michael Chairs Ultrahaptics, Pulsant, Datahub Finland in Helsinki, and Teraco Data Environments. His ability to build relationships, gain the trust of those under his leadership, and to inspire others is also creating global success for ITconic SA Instrumental, Chayora, EURODIESEL, Basefarm, TeamRock and IXcellerate.