Michael Foust

Executive Chairman
Bridge Data Centres

Michael Foust is the Executive Chairman of Bridge Data Centres has over 30 years of experience in data center investment, development and operations in addition to institutional real estate investments including development and portfolio management.  

Michael retired from Digital Reality Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) San Francisco, CA in 2014 where he led the company's IPO and served as Chief Executive Office and as a Director from 2004 to 2014, expanding the company to an enterprise value of approximately $14 billion and over 120 properties. The company was the first public data center REIT and grew into one of the largest owners, developers, and operators of data centers in the world with investments in North America, Europe, and AsiaPac.  

Michael also was a founder of the private equity investor GI Partners in Menlo Park, CA where he served as a Managing Director from February 2001 to the DLR IPO in 2004. He was responsible for real estate investments at GI Partners, with a strong focus on technology related assets including data centers and telecom facilities.  The property portfolio was taken public as Digital Realty Trust (NYSE: DLR) in 2004.

Michael also serves as a senior advisor for the data center industry for Digital Bridge Holdings, LLC of Boca Raton, Florida and is the Chairman of DataBank, Ltd. and Vantage Data Centers.

Michael received his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude from Harvard University.