News release

JLL appoints Larry Baker to lead data centre solutions in MEA

Industry expert joins JLL to bolster specialist data centre project and development capability amid the region's growing data centre market.

February 13, 2023

May Ong

Senior Marketing Manager, P&DS MEA
+971 4 426 6999

Dubai, UAE; 13 February, 2023 – JLL, a leading professional services firm specialised in real estate, investment management, and development consultancy services, has announced Larry Baker as the Director of Data Centre Solutions, Project & Development Services Middle East & Africa.

Data is a critical asset for any organisation today. With a growing reliance on technology platforms and cloud-based storage over the last few years, the need for dependable, efficient, and sustainable data centres has never been greater. Larry's appointment will help JLL address the upsurge in demand for specialist data centre projects and development services in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) while aligning with its global data centre client’s local requirements.

Based in Dubai, Larry will lead and develop JLL's data centre projects across the Middle East and Africa. Larry brings over 30 years of experience delivering data centre and mission-critical facilities around the globe. His track record includes Tier 3 and Tier 4 hyper-scale and colocation data centre projects across their entire lifecycle from concept to operations.

Ben Jackson, Head of Project & Development Services for the Middle East & Africa, JLL, said, "As we scale up efforts to strengthen our specialist data centre capability in the region, we are confident that Larry's extensive experience and in-depth market knowledge make him an asset in our business. Larry's team will bring a bespoke offering to our clients as we relook at how data centres are delivered from sustainability, health and safety through to resilience planning to ensure the best value for our clients."

Larry Baker, the newly appointed Director of Data Centre Solutions, said: "I am delighted to join JLL at such an exciting time where the data centre markets in the Middle East and Africa have become one of the fastest data usage regions in the world. I look forward to delivering outstanding results to our clients and cementing JLL's position as the leading data centre delivery partner in the Middle East and Africa."

Larry will work alongside the wider EMEA Data Centre specialist team that has recently expanded with new senior appointments.

About JLL

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