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About us

Datacenter People was formed in 2010 as the first Talent Acquisition firm to focus on the datacenter industry worldwide. Since formation the company has risen to become the #1 talent search firm, working with the leading clients in the Internet and Cloud Infrastructure sector, from hyperscale operators to regional colos, designers, builders and plant & equipment manufacturers around the world, providing talent with skills ranging from executive management, sales, engineering, software and operations.  Our work has brought us into contact with many of the world leaders in our industry. And those on the periphery. And we believe that there are very few great executives who wouldn’t be tempted to move to a great company with great people. And of course, a great compensation and incentive package sometimes helps!

what we are

  • Culture-Shapers

  • Strategic Advisors

  • Counsellors

  • Board Advisors



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We at Portman know that finding the next leader for your company is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we work with you to understand your business, your needs and your further growth plans.

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Peter Hannaford

Peter Hannaford

Peter has been involved with datacenters for over 40 years, from computer operations through programming and systems development, to 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, envied and imitated by a large number of competitors. APC was itself acquired by Schneider Electric in February 2007, and 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 (www.datacenterpeople.org) to offer specialist recruitment services and consulting to the datacenter industry. Datacenter People is now the leading talent sourcing firm servicing the datacenter sector worldwide with offices in London, Singapore, Tampa and Dublin. A regular speaker at conferences and events around the world, and named as one of 50 most influential people in the industry by Data Economy in 2017, Peter is now focussing on leadership roles with Portman

email: Peter.Hannaford@portmanpartners.com


Steve Brown

Steve Brown

Steve is active in Portman’s executive search practice, recruiting for key talent and leadership roles across the datacenter industry globally. Alongside this he is Managing Director of Datacenter People working with datacenter construction and engineering companies, colocation providers, cloud service providers and vendors supplying infrastructure (power, cooling, software) and IT technology to datacenters recruiting for sales, marketing and management/director level positions.

Steve has over 35 years’ experience in technology and telecoms executive search and recruitment. Before joining Datacenter People he founded and was Managing Director of his own multi-office IT recruitment company for 20 years. That was preceded by a stint as Sales Director for a mid-sized London based IT recruitment company, having started his recruiting career working for two of the largest European IT recruiters.

email: sbrown@portmanpartners.com



Maria Morse

Maria has 13 years experience working within the mission critical industry. Comprising three years with data centre pioneers EYP Mission Critical Facilities as Marketing Lead for EMEA, followed by over four years as Business Development Principal within HP Critical Facilities Services, post acquisition of EYP in 2008. She then spent two years as Head of Strategic Relationships at DatacenterDynamics before moving on to CMO for i3 Solutions Group where she managed Marketing Strategy for EMEA and APAC. Maria was previously Mayoress of Greenwich and has a Masters in Design Management, majoring in applied research and the use of design in strategic commercial environments.

She has lectured at the University of Salford.

email: Maria.Morse@portmanpartners.com