Michael Tobin OBE
Tobin OBE
Industry Leader

Michael is a highly successful serial technology entrepreneur & pioneer with over 35 years’ experience in the telecoms & technology sector.

As Chief Executive, Michael Tobin OBE led TelecityGroup plc, a leading FTSE250 Technology company from 2002 to 2014.

He joined Redbus in 2002 delisting it from the main market to AIM, & then took it private, winning the London Business Awards “Business Turnaround of the Year” award in 2005. After engineering the merger with Telecity, & the acquisition of Globix he successfully re-listed TelecityGroup in October 2007 winning the accolade of UK Innovation Awards IPO of the year 2008 & the techMARK Achievement of the year in the same year.

Subsequently he grew the business organically & acquired businesses in Manchester, Helsinki, Dublin, Sofia, Istanbul & Warsaw transforming the company from £6m market cap in 2002 to being a top performer in the FTSE250 worth over £3Bn, 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 culminating in its sale in 2015 to Telstra for $800m

Tobin currently holds numerous Technology Non-Exec Directorships including Teraco in South Africa, Datapipe in the USA, Itconic in Madrid, Basefarm in Norway, Eurodiesel in Belgium, Chayora in Hong Kong & Instrumental & Chair of AIM listed Satellite Solutions Worldwide plc, Pulsant and Ultrahaptics in the UK.

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 & Founder & Chair of the CEO Sleepout event for Action for Children & sits on fundraising boards of the Princes Trust, Cooperation Ireland & the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Mr Tobin’s charitable focus is primarily the education, welfare & empowerment of young people & children around the world.

This year Mr Tobin will be sleeping in the streets to raise money and awareness for Action for Children, and last year he completed his Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Award, and running 40 Marathons in 40 days for the 40th anniversary of the Princes Trust.

Michael’s business & thought leadership have been widely recognized. He was named ‘UK IT Services Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young in 2009, 2010 & 2011; PWC Tech CEO of the Year 2007; London Chamber of Commerce 'Business Person of the Year’ for 2009 & 2010; In 2009 was named techMARK ‘Personality of the Year’; In 2007 & 2009 he was the winner of the DCE Outstanding Leader of the Year, & in 2008 won ‘Data Centre Business Person of the Year’ at the Data Centre Leaders awards. He was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ at the Data Centre Europe awards & in 2011 received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the industry.

In 2005 he was named number 31 of Britain’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs & 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 2016 he has already received 2 business awards for Outstanding Non Executive Director of the year in the Best Business Awards 2016 and the Global Business Excellence Awards 2016.

Michael has many motivational & Inspirational speaking engagements & in 2014 he launched his first book, “Forget Strategy, Get Results” to great acclaim.