President, Host in Ireland
Garry Connolly is the President and Founder of Host in Ireland, where he oversees the industry-led initiative to promote Ireland as an optimum location to host digital assets. Garry is also responsible for the recruitment and support of Host in Ireland’s sponsors and partner companies. He has over 20 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in assisting foreign direct investment companies to achieve global success. Under Garry’s leadership, Ireland received the Innovative Data Center Location Award at Datacloud Europe 2016. The inaugural award for data center locations in the EMEA signifies industry recognition on an international level and the win by Ireland was further distinguished by Host in Ireland’s position as the only non-governmental organization in competition.
A globally recognized thought leader and highly sought-after speaker at innovation, data, data center, cloud and IT services industry events, Garry has given presentations, keynotes and appeared on panels at FIF London, Datacloud Europe, the Western European Data Centre Summit, as well as the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Cloud & IT Security Ireland conference and Light Reading’s 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Dublin.
Garry is also Chairman of GconnTec, where the team provides various companies seeking to establish and expand their footprint within the EMEA region with recruitment, voice/data infrastructure sourcing, IT, hosting and other core business support. Prior to GconnTec, he served as co-founder of 4front International Group, Engage Technologies (Trade Sale 2004) and BridgeCom (Trade Sale 1998).