Delancey has secured the services of a former White House official and special assistant to President George W Bush to head up operations at its London Olympic Park technology campus Here East.

Mike Magan Here East

Mike Magan has gone from the White House to Here East

Mike Magan will bring more than 25 years’ experience in the private and public sectors to his new role which will involve overall responsibility for the daily operations of the 1.2m sq ft campus which is home to the likes of Sega’s Sports Interactive, Ford BT Sport, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the London Cyber Innovation Centre.

Magan takes over from Andrew Roughan, who last month was appointed as the managing director of Delancey’s spin-out innovation business Plexal which is also based at Here East. He said he was attracted to the new role by “the opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing clusters of tech and creative businesses in London”.

Having served under President Bush following roles as vice president of the US Chamber of Commerce, Magan moved into the private sector and founded consultancy Magan Dahlgren before acting as COO at mobile banking firm Momo.

Gavin Poole, chief executive of Here East, said: “Mike has a great wealth of experience working in the business, tech and startup community on an international level, as well as bringing unique public sector experience to the job. I look forward to working closely with Mike to accelerate the growth of our community.”