Mark Barnaba Appointed As Independent Chair

New Chair at the helm as AirTrunk embarks on the next wave of growth accelerated by  artificial intelligence 

Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) hyperscale data centre specialist, AirTrunk, has today announced the appointment of Mr Mark Barnaba as Independent Chair of its Board, effective 24 October 2023. 

Mark brings to the Chair role a wealth of international experience as an entrepreneur, corporate advisor and independent director for organisations across the finance, technology, infrastructure, natural resources, sports administration and education sectors.  

He is the former member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and is currently Deputy Chairman and Lead Independent Director at Fortescue Metals Group (ASX:FMG) and Chairman of Greatland Gold Plc. (LSE:GGP). He co-founded and was Chairman of Azure Capital, and a former Chairman of Alinta Infrastructure Holdings and the West Coast Eagles. 

In 2015, Mark was named a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the investment banking and financial sector, to business education and to sporting and cultural organisations.  

Robin Khuda, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of AirTrunk, said: “Mark joins the AirTrunk Board at an exciting time as we embark on the next phase of hypergrowth, continuing the expansion of our leading data centre platform throughout the APJ region. 

“Mark’s extensive background in corporate governance and scaling fast growing businesses, coupled with his entrepreneurial acumen and deep understanding of capital markets, renders Mark an invaluable asset to AirTrunk as we enable APJ’s digital future that is being accelerated by cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

“Mark’s commitment to sustainability and scaling business responsibly will further advance the sustainable goals of our hyperscale data centre platform as we power the cloud in APJ.” 

Mark Barnaba, Incoming Chair of AirTrunk, said: “I am thrilled to be joining the AirTrunk Board and playing a pivotal role for the largest and most successful hyperscale data centre provider in the region. 

“I look forward to working with Robin, the board and the senior leadership team to ensure AirTrunk continues to innovate and scale as it builds the critical digital infrastructure for some of the world’s largest technology companies.” 

Mark will replace current Chair Ani Satchcroft, Macquarie Asset Management’s Head of Infrastructure for ANZ, who will remain on the board.