Michael Tobin OBE
Michael Tobin OBE
As Chief Executive, Michael Tobin OBE led TelecityGroup plc, a leading FTSE250 Technology company from 2002 to 2014.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications and technology sector. He joined Redbus in 2002 delisting it from the main market to AIM, and then took it private. After engineering the merger with TeleCity, and the acquisition of Globix he successfully re-listed TelecityGroup in October 2007. Subsequently he acquired businesses in Manchester, Helsinki, Dublin, Sofia, Istanbul and Warsaw transforming the company from £6m market cap in 2002 to being a top performer in the FTSE250 worth over £2Bn, being recognized as Britain’s Most admired Tech Company in 2012.
Prior to joining TelecityGroup, Tobin headed-up Fujitsu’s e-Commerce operations in Frankfurt, Germany. Before that, he ran ICL’s Danish outsourcing subsidiary out of Copenhagen Denmark. He also held several senior positions based in Paris for over 11 years including Business Development Director at International Computer Group coordinating global distribution of IT infrastructure. As a Non Exec Director, Tobin was instrumental in transforming PACNET in Hong Kong from a Sub Sea Cable operator to a successful Datacenter operator betweek 2012 and 2015, culminating in its sale to Telstra for $800m
Tobin currently holds numerous Non-Exec Directorships including Teraco in South Africa, Datapipe in the USA, Telvent in Madrid, Basefarm in Norway, Eurodiesel in Belgium and Ultrahaptics, TeamRock and PeoplePerHour in the UK. He is also an advisor to the board of OCom in Amsterdam.
Mr Tobin is Chairman of the Friends of The Loomba Trust for widows in India, a Patron of The British Asian Trust, a Board member of Byte Night and Founder and Chair of the CEO Sleepout event for Action for Children and sits on fundraising boards of the Princes Trust and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Michael’s business and thought leadership have been widely recognised. In 2010 he was named ‘UK IT Services Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst and Young; London Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Person of the Year’ for the second year running; shortlisted for ‘Business Charity Champion’ at the Business Charity Awards; and in 2009 was named techMARK ‘Personality of the Year’, ‘Data Centre Business Person on the Year’ at the Data Centre Leaders awards and awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ at the Data Centre Europe awards and in 2011 received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the industry. In 2014 he was honoured in the Queens New Years Honours List with the Order of the British Empire medal for Services to the Digital Economy. In 2014 he launched his first book, “Forget Strategy, Get Results” to great acclaim.
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