Leadership

Executive Team

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Patrick Shutt

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick has over 20 years of leadership experience in the technology industry. Previously, Patrick co-founded and served as CEO for Universal Access, growing the company from a startup to a $144 million run rate, and eventually taking the company public in 2000. He went on to found 20/20 Technologies, which after multiple acquisitions became Global Capacity. Patrick holds a B.A. and an M.B.A from Wagner College. Connect with Patrick: patrick.shutt@unitasglobal.com

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Bob Pollan

Chief Financial Officer

Bob has over 25 years of global investing and operating experience. He has held senior executive and/or board positions at GE Capital, Internet Capital Group, Universal Access, ICG Commerce, Mobility Technologies, and Global Capacity. His early career included technical and marketing positions at Texas Instruments and GE. Bob earned his MBA at Harvard, and engineering and finance degrees at The University of Pennsylvania. Connect with Bob: bob.pollan@unitasglobal.com

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Ian Gillott

Chief Operating Officer

Ian has nearly two decades of experience in senior executive positions and 10 years in CIO roles across a wide range of industries globally, including operational IT management, software development, managed services, hosted private cloud operations, and cybersecurity. He previously served as a Commissioned Officer in the Australian army for 20 years. Ian holds an MBA in Business Administration and Management from the University of New England. Connect with Ian: ian.gillott@unitasglobal.com

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Steve Neiger

Chief Revenue Officer

Steve has been a sales leader in managed hosting and cloud computing for over a decade. At Terremark, Steve served as Vice President of Sales for The Americas and then as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Most recently, he was Vice President of Enterprise Sales for VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service. Steve earned his degree in Communications from UC Santa Barbara. Connect with Steve: steve.neiger@unitasglobal.com

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Grant Kirkwood

Chief Technology Officer and Founder

A serial entrepreneur by trade with over 21 years of experience, Grant is a technologist at heart. He most recently served as the CTO at PacketExchange, a London-based global telecommunications firm. Grant was previously the founder and CEO of Mzima Networks, an Internet service provider that grew to over 40 points of presence around the world, and the CTO of Netixs, a managed hosting service provider. Connect with Grant: grant.kirkwood@unitasglobal.com

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Francesco Paola

Chief Strategy Officer

With 25 years of global leadership experience in enabling the enterprise to adopt transformational technologies, Francesco focuses on building great teams and developing innovative and strategic solutions for clients. He has successfully managed and delivered enterprise technology implementation services, architected cloud computing solutions and built business process outsourcing programs. Francesco has worked in Asia, Europe and the United States and founded several businesses, most recently Solinea, a professional services partner that accelerates enterprise cloud adoption. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BSc from MIT. Connect with Francesco: francesco.paola@unitasglobal.com

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Scott Walker

Chief Marketing Officer

Scott Walker has over 20 years of leadership experience in marketing, sales, sales engineering, service delivery, indirect channels, client services, and operations at leading technology firms such as Equinix, Masergy Communications, Ericsson, and AT&T. At Equinix, Scott’s team launched the world’s first public cloud direct connect solution with AWS, and at Ericsson he headed the Cloud Infrastructure Practice transforming global telcos’ network infrastructure to launch new 5G services and edge computing. Scott earned his undergraduate degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and his executive education at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame. Connect with Scott: scott.walker@unitasglobal.com

Founders

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Grant Kirkwood

Chief Technology Officer and Founder

A serial entrepreneur by trade with over 21 years of experience, Grant is a technologist at heart. He most recently served as the CTO at PacketExchange, a London-based global telecommunications firm. Grant was previously the founder and CEO of Mzima Networks, an Internet service provider that grew to over 40 points of presence around the world, and the CTO of Netixs, a managed hosting service provider. Connect with Grant: grant.kirkwood@unitasglobal.com

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Farrah Kashef

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances

Farrah has nearly two decades of IT experience, primarily in the telecommunication industry. Prior to Unitas Global, Farrah held senior level roles in business development and management at several startups, such as Mzima Networks, and Fortune 500 and multinational corporations, such as PacketExchange, GTT, Arbinet, and NTT/VERIO. Farrah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from California State University, Fullerton.

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Erik Salazar

Vice President Commercial Development

Erik has over a decade of management experience in finance, technology, operations, and sales. Prior to Unitas Global, Erik held the position of VP of Sales at CoreSite, a publicly traded data center REIT (NYSE: COR), and served as a senior financial analyst for The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm. Erik holds a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Global Management from the University of Southern California.

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Lawrence Lee

Vice President Partner Alliances

As VP of Partner Alliances, Lawrence brings over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. Most recently, he served for 8 years as VP of Business Development at Allyance Communications. He has also held key sales and management roles at Nortel Networks, Qwest Communications, and AboveNet. Now based in Southern California, Lawrence has worked and lived abroad in both South Korea and Japan.

Board of Directors

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Bret Maxwell

Board Member

Bret Maxwell is a Managing General Partner at MK Capital. He is also the Managing General Partner on three of the Productivity Funds totaling $200 million in committed capital. Bret has been a decision-making partner in six other fully invested funds, representing over $300million in committed capital. Prior to founding MK Capital, he was the co-Founder of First Analysis’ venture capital practice in 1985. Bret’s areas of expertise include outsourced business services, telecom and internet infrastructure, and energy and power infrastructure. Bret is a graduate of The McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and Kellogg’s Graduate School of Management. He has served as the Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and is a director on the board of Mount Sinai Hospital and on the finance committee of the Jewish United Fund. He is also a Certified Financial Analyst.

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Paul Weinstein

Chairman

Paul Weinstein is a founding General Partner at Azure Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $750million under management. Prior to founding Azure, Paul was a managing director with Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, PaineWebber, and Kidder Peabody. With over 25 years of investment experience, Paul’s primary investment focus is on communications technology, data center, cloud infrastructure, and applications and mobility solutions. Paul is Chairman of Unitas and represents Azure Capital on the Boards of Unitas, Fonality, Coraid, and Load Dynamix. He is a graduate of Babson College with a BS degree in Finance and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Andrew Olsen

Board Member

Andrew Olsen is a principal at Boathouse Capital, a middle market private equity fund which manages more than $350 million of committed capital. He has completed over 20 industry investments, and currently serves on the boards of 7 organizations. Prior to his time at Boathouse Capital, Andrew served as a Research Associate for Morgan Stanley & Co. Andrew earned his BS, Economics from Wharton, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. During college, Andrew drove a solar-powered car from Chicago to Los Angeles as part of a competition that drew teams from more than two dozen universities. He finished last.

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Jarrett Appleby

Board Member

Jarrett brings over 30 years of IT and technology experience to Unitas. As independent board member, Jarrett works alongside fellow board members and Unitas leadership staff to establish policies for corporate management and advise on strategic planning. In his previous experience, Jarrett has served as COO of Digital Realty, COO of CoreSite, CMO of Equinix, and most recently CEO of Appleby Strategy Group, LLC.  Jarrett received his BA and MBA from Lehigh University.

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Grant Kirkwood

Chief Technology Officer and Founder

A serial entrepreneur by trade with over 21 years of experience, Grant is a technologist at heart. He most recently served as the CTO at PacketExchange, a London-based global telecommunications firm. Grant was previously the founder and CEO of Mzima Networks, an Internet service provider that grew to over 40 points of presence around the world, and the CTO of Netixs, a managed hosting service provider. Connect with Grant: grant.kirkwood@unitasglobal.com

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Patrick Shutt

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick has over 20 years of leadership experience in the technology industry. Previously, Patrick co-founded and served as CEO for Universal Access, growing the company from a startup to a $144 million run rate, and eventually taking the company public in 2000. He went on to found 20/20 Technologies, which after multiple acquisitions became Global Capacity. Patrick holds a B.A. and an M.B.A from Wagner College. Connect with Patrick: patrick.shutt@unitasglobal.com

Senior Management

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Kelvin Lai

Chief Administrative Officer

Kelvin has over 25 years of experience managing the finance and accounting functions of both public and privately held companies. Prior to joining Unitas Global, Kelvin served as the Corporate Controller for a national rental car company and CFO for a regional healthcare provider. Additionally, he spent eight years as Regional Controller and then Director of Finance for the Westfield Group. Kelvin is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his MBA in Finance at Indiana University and B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at University of Hong Kong. Connect with Kelvin: kelvin.lai@unitasglobal.com

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Saam Dowlatshahi

Senior Vice President of Global Procurement

With over 15 years’ experience in directing and managing large complex technical network communication programs, installations, and projects in a variety of government, financial, and private sector technology environments, Saam has always put the client first. Prior to Unitas, Saam served in service delivery and management roles at United Telecom, ETTICO Solutions, and PCS.

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Joss Wynne Evans

Head of Legal Affairs

Joss Wynne Evans, Head of Legal Affairs, is an entrepreneur with wide commercial experience, and a company lawyer of fifteen years’ experience. He was formerly general counsel to Global Capacity Inc. Joss lives and works out of the Highlands of Scotland.

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Paco Diaz

Chief Compliance Officer

Paco has been in IT for over 19 years. Starting out as an IT generalist and then serving as an information security officer for a midwest region commercial bank, he went on to serve as a director of IT compliance for Texas Tech University and the University of Alabama. Returning home to the Kansas City metro area, Paco worked as a senior consultant with BKD, performing IT risk consulting, audits, and attestation services. Paco earned his MBA from Baker University and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Connect with Paco: paco.diaz@unitasglobal.com

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Elaine Gilruth

Vice President of Marketing

Elaine leads the marketing department by integrating startup ideals with enterprise methodologies. With pride and enthusiasm, she manages all internal and external communication while formulating and implementing strategy around cloud solutions, content development, and events. Elaine holds her B.A. from LMU in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, as well as Travel and Tourism, and a minor in Art History.

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Janet Kim

Senior Vice President, Finance

Janet has over 13 years of experience across corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, investment banking, and public accounting. Prior to Unitas, Janet led the FP&A team at Fullscreen, assisting the company in its equity capital transactions and a successful sale of the company to Otter Media in 2014. Janet also provided finance leadership at Pandora Media both before and after their IPO in 2011. Janet is a licensed CPA and holds an MBA from MIT, an MA in Economics from NYU, and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

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Frank Muscarello

Chief Development Officer

With a track record of driving growth and profitability, Frank is a business development professional with an extensive knowledge of IT infrastructure, financial services, trading and B2B marketplaces. Prior to Unitas Global, he was Managing Director for the fastest growing ServiceNow partner in its history. Previously, he was Co-Founder and CEO of MarkITx, a global exchange that used predictive algorithms to enable seamless trading of enterprise IT hardware. Frank was VP of Channel Development to Global Enterprises at Global Capacity, and the CEO of Vision Point of Sale, Inc. He received his BA from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he is an adjunct professor. Connect with Frank: frank.muscarello@unitasglobal.com

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