Marc Ganzi, future CEO of Colony and the current CEO of Digital Colony, received the Telecom, Media and Technology Leadership Award and the TMT M&A Awards 2019 recently in London.
“I am humbled to have been selected by my peers for this recognition,” Ganzi said in a prepared release. “The award is testimony to my partners and team at Digital Colony who continue to execute our commitment and vision to serving our customers globally with mission critical digital infrastructure.”
Ganzi has a long career as a pioneer and leading entrepreneur in digital real estate and infrastructure, and 2019 has been a year of exceptional achievements. He led the closing of the first and largest discretionary investment fund dedicated to digital infrastructure – Digital Colony Partners, the partnership between Colony Capital and Digital Bridge – at more than $4 billion of committed capital. A major acquisition was announced in May 2019, with Ganzi spearheading the Digital Colony and EQT (pending) $14 billion acquisition of Zayo Group Holdings.
In 2019, Colony CEO and Founder Thomas J. Barrack, Jr. and Ganzi announced a strategic combination of their companies and the creation of a dynamic partnership. Colony Capital acquired Digital Bridge, with Ganzi slated to succeed Barrack as Colony CEO. Ganzi’s investments in digital infrastructure have consistently leveraged the real estate component critical to infrastructure investing, which aligns with Colony’s global scale, operating platform and capital markets access. The intersection of real estate and digital trends, and the historic, transformative global deployment of 5G network infrastructure are the themes that Ganzi and the new combined company are aggressively pursuing with expanded financial resources and investment talent.