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New ISG chief executive Paul Cossell makes first senior appointment

New ISG CEO Paul Cossell has made his first senior hire by appointing Damian Farr as the firm’s European managing director for engineering services.

Mr Cossell, who took the reins in April this year following David Lawther’s exit, has appointed Mr Farr in the newly created role to lead ISG’s engineering services across the continent.

Mr Farr has been with ISG since 2014, having previously worked at Interserve.

He will head up a team that has delivered more than £1bn of data centre projects across Europe in the past five years.

Prior to his new appointment, Mr Farr led the delivery of one of ISG’s largest data centre projects in Scandinavia, which saw more than 1,200 operatives working on site.

ISG is currently delivering a number of data centre projects across Belgium, Finland and the Netherlands, and the company said Mr Farr’s appointment would help the firm focus on growing market share in the technology, science and health sectors.

Mr Cossell said: “Our expertise in successfully delivering technically advanced and complex built environments gives ISG a highly compelling international offer, and Damian’s appointment emphasises our focus and ambition in the European arena.

“With the global data centre market predicted to grow at over 19 per cent per year to 2020, this is a core market for our business and one where we are already acknowledged as a world-leading specialist.”

In November last year, ISG was picked to build a £141m data centre in Western Europe.

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