Peter HannafordFounder, Chairman, Portman Partners
Peter Hannaford is founder and Chairman of Datacenter People. He has been involved with datacenters for almost 40 years, firstly through programming and systems development, and later starting his own company Waterfields in 1989, which became one of the biggest datacenter design & build companies in Europe before being sold in 2001. His next venture was to found Tecnikon, which designed and patented the first water-cooled server rack with an integrated vertical cooling coil specifically for high-density computing. Tecnikon was acquired by APC in June 2003. At APC Peter helped develop Tecnikon’s innovative cooling solution into one of APC’s most successful product lines. APC was itself acquired by Schneider Electric in February 2007, where Peter was appointed Vice President for Datacenters & Alliances for EMEA. As APC became more and more integrated into the Schneider organisation, Peter's entrepreneurial instincts resurfaced, and he left in September 2010 to form Datacenter People.
Peter is a respected subject matter expert on datacenter evolution, talent search and acquisition in the datacentre industry. He is a regular speaker at global industry events, and more, worldwide. He maintains a deep personal network of contacts developed over many decades in the industry and was named by Data Economy Magazine in 2017 as one of the 50 Top Influencers In Data Centres, Cloud and Data in EMEA. Peter was further honoured in 2018 with the industry “Lifetime Achievement” award at the Datacloud awards in Monaco. Peter has now established a new London-based subsidiary – Portman Partners – to focus on Executive Search, Consulting & Advisory and Interim Executive assignments