Michael Foust is a Senior Advisor to Digital Colony and is the Chairman of Vantage and DataBank. Mr. Foust has over 35 years of experience in institutional real estate investments, including development and portfolio management.
Prior to Digital Colony, Mr. Foust was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director at Digital Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: DLR) from its IPO in October 2004 to March 2014. Mr. Foust was also a founder of private equity investor GI Partners in Menlo Park, CA, where he served as a Managing Director from February 2001 until DLR’s IPO in 2004. He was responsible for real asset investments at GI Partners, with an emphasis on technology related properties including data centers and telecom facilities.
Prior to the formation of GI Partners, Michael worked at CB Richard Ellis Investors Inc., UBS Asset Management, Karsten Realty Advisors and Trammell Crow Company. Prior to his real estate career, Michael participated in the origination of two related, international telecommunications companies, Consortium Communications International and Progressive Systems Inc.
He received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1978 from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983.