Many digital organizations are now turning to experienced technology leaders to help navigate the changing data hosting landscape.

Host in Ireland, for instance, has announced that Jim Rice has joined its Advisory Council. The Host in Ireland council works together with Founder and President Garry Connolly to extend the impact and reach of its mission by creating well-formulated strategies based on the tremendous experience of its members.

Mr. Rice, who is a Chartered Engineer, is currently the Chairman of the Irish Manufacturer’s Association within Ibec, which is Ireland’s largest and most active business representation body.  Rice brings over 30 years of experience in the Irish technology sector to Host in Ireland, with 16 years as Country President of Schneider Electric Ireland. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Independent Chairman of a number of Irish technology and engineering firms, and trade organizations.

Rice was knighted by the French government in 2015 as a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. He received this honor for his contribution to the bilateral trade between France and Ireland. Looking ahead, Rice will leverage his local and international expertise as he helps support Host in Ireland’s mission to expand its partners and increase its global market awareness while at the same time reinforcing Ireland’s growing position as a top European location for digital asset hosting.

“I am honored to join the Host in Ireland Advisory Council,” said Mr. Rice. “This exciting organization is at the forefront of a rapidly growing, global technology hub, and I look forward to working with the Advisory Council and Mr. Connolly to share the benefits of hosting in Ireland with the global data centre and international business communities.”

Mr. Connolly founded Host in Ireland in 2014, and the initiative has since supported Ireland in its mission to become “Home of the Hybrid Cloud” and the “Digital Gateway to Europe. It supports the many advantages that make Ireland uniquely attractive to global operators, including an attractive corporate tax, a pro-business approach, a common law based legal system, continued investment in off-Island fiber cables to the U.S. and Europe, and ongoing financial support for data centre energy efficiency.

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