Our Team

Our expertise delivers results. We continue to build upon our years of combined experience in building, operating, financing, acquiring, and divesting digital infrastructure, telecoms, data centres, real estate and other businesses to build great companies alongside our management teams and co-investors.

Our core team of industry experts (based between Dublin, Seattle, New York, Miami and Washington DC) and over 250 staff in our operational platforms give us a breadth of leadership and operational experience that is unique


Colm Piercy

Executive Chairman

Colm is an entrepreneur and investor, founding
the Digiweb Group in 1997, Dataplex in 2011, and now through Chirisa manages interests in a number of telecom, technology and real estate investment
platforms across Europe and the US

Lee Hayes

Lee Hayes

Managing Director

Lee brings over 20 years of TMT operating and transaction experience to the group.  Lee has had leadership roles in a wide variety of large and complex M&A and financing transactions working across London, New York and Silicon Valley with Evercore and JP Morgan.


Jean-Charles Caillère

EVP Research

Jean-Charles has deep sectoral experience across a range of technologies and businesses, and has worked with Chirisa and its investees for over 16 years in strategy development, M&A, and operations.


John Quinn

Investment Director

John brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the telecommunications industry, having worked for nearly all the major players over his career. He brings a wealth of experience in industry leadership positions most recently as Group CTO of Digicel Group.

Steve Friedman

Steve Friedman

EVP, Corporate Development

With more than 30 years of experience in data center growth, construction, business development, experience in identifying opportunities, and real estate, as the Director Data Centers, North America. Steve uses his extensive knowledge in the data center and mission-critical spaces.


Stephen Verp

VP, Investments & Legal

Steve has a cross-functional skill set including project management, real estate law, contract negotiations and business development with a specialism in the data centre industry.

Steve is a former Director of Digital Realty where he grew the brokerage business for a global leader in turnkey data centre solutions. He restructured and grew the channel partner program, negotiating and executing 100+ agreements from 2013 to 2014. Steve is also an attorney, admitted to practice law in NY, NJ, CT, and various other courts, and a licensed Real Estate Broker for NY state

Caroline M

Caroline Molloy

Senior Executive

Caroline brings over 20 years of management experience to Chirisa.  A Graduate of The National College of Ireland and The Fitzwilliam Institute, Caroline brings vast experience in banking and private finance to the team.

Ken Scott

Ken Scott

Director, Business Development

Ken is a vastly experienced and highly regarded industry expert. Ken has previously worked with NTT and CenturyLink where he held senior business development roles and has a proven track record of high performance and driving success.


William Beck

EVP, Strategy

Executive manager with over 20 years’ experience across multi-disciplinary areas on both a global and regional scale. Professional skillset spanning key areas of the development, design, construction and operational management of infrastructure assets, building management and technology.

Karl Barry 2020

Karl Barry

Investment Analyst

Karl joined Chirisa in 2018 from Morgan Stanley and focuses on researching and analysing the potential of all investments and acquisitions.
Karl holds a First Class Honours degree in Commerce International from University College Dublin and is a CFA Level II candidate.

Operating Partners & Senior Advisory team

Bob DeSantis

Bob DeSantis

CEO, 365 Data Centers

Paul Viatel

Paul Rellis

CEO, Viatel-Digiweb Group


Sean Gallagher

CEO & Co-Founder, Clyde Real Estate

Eddie Kilbane

Eddie Kilbane

CEO & Co-Founder, Dataplex

Tim M Doherty

Timothy M Doherty

CEO & Founder, Digital Fortress