LONDON – 23rd November 2021
Global Technical Realty (GTR), a $1bn European build-to-suit acquisition data center platform, today announced the appointment of Neil Grocock as Director of Operations & Construction. With more than 20 years in the construction industry, he brings with him a wealth of expertise in the planning, procurement, management and delivery of numerous major data center developments.
Joining as part of the leadership team, Grocock assumes responsibility for GTR Operations, and will be focused on ensuring the highest level of customer service, operational excellence, health & safety, connectivity, security and facilities management across the technical real estate portfolio. He will also lead the construction activities across GTR’s new developments. Working closely with customers to assist with early access dates, Grocock will also take an active role in supporting customer deployment projects, to ensure the respective teams achieve the collective goal of going live at the earliest opportunity.
“Neil is a very strong addition to our team, and we’re delighted he’s chosen to take the next step in his career with us,” said Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder & CEO at GTR. “With experience in consultancy and advisory roles, Neil brings an enviable track record to the business, whilst his attitude towards innovation fits our company objectives and mission perfectly.”
Prior to joining GTR, Grocock headed up the data center division at global multi-disciplinary consultants RPS Group for over 15 years. He has also been part of a niche development consultancy advising on, and constructing, bespoke technical property solutions, whilst other notable achievements include the delivery of the world’s first multi-floor data center featuring a vertical indirect adiabatic and evaporative cooling system.
He is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (FCABE).
“I’m excited to be joining GTR at such an incredible time for the company and the data center industry, which is seeing a period of growth and rates of construction that have never been experienced at this level before,” said Grocock. “I’m looking forward to shaping the sector, and the future of the GTR business.”
GTR is backed by global investment firm, KKR, and led by an established team of data center experts. The company provides build-to-suit data centers for hyperscalers, as well as actively seeking suitable M&A opportunities.