Management Team

Andres Rodriguez, Founder and CEO


Andres Rodriguez brings to Nasuni the energy and experience of a visionary entrepreneur with several successful companies behind him. He oversees sales, marketing and strategic partnership development—and is the face of Nasuni.

His previous company, Archivas, developed an enterprise-class cloud storage system and was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in 2006. As founder, CTO and charismatic frontman at Archivas, Andres was a key force in sales, partner development and marketing and oversaw all technology initiatives. After the acquisition, Andres became Hitachi’s CTO of File Services, supporting the worldwide rollout of the Archivas-based Hitachi Content Archive Platform (HCAP). Having seen his team and product successfully integrated with its acquirer’s, Andres turned his attention to his next venture, which, with its goal of making the benefits of cloud storage more accessible to the enterprise, was a natural progression from his last.

Before founding Archivas, Andres was CTO of the New York Times, where he drove digital strategy at NYTimes and, and worked extensively with their archives on digital content preservation. He came to the Times as the co-founder and VP of engineering for Abuzz, a pioneering social networking company the Times acquired in 1999.

Andres has a bachelor of science in engineering and a master’s in physics from Boston University. He holds several patents for system designs.


Robert S. Mason, Jr., Founder and President


Rob Mason has more than 20 years of operational, management and software development experience, all of it in storage. A meticulous builder and obsessive tester, with an eye for talented engineers, Rob produces rock-solid software, and, through his own example of hard work and ingenuity, inspires his teams to outdo themselves. His determination for thoroughness extends to financial and operational matters, and at Nasuni, he is a powerhouse behind the scenes, managing the company’s operations, in addition to its engineering team.

As the VP of Engineering at Archivas from 2004 to acquisition, Rob oversaw all development and quality assurance. After the Hitachi acquisition, he continued in his role, as VP of HCAP Engineering, managing the integration of his team with Hitachi’s and supporting the rollout of HCAP. Before joining Archivas, he was a senior manager at storage giant EMC, where he was responsible for the API, support applications and partner development for EMC’s content-addressed storage product, Centera. In a previous stint at EMC, he was Manager and Principal Design Engineer for the elite Symmetrix Group, where he improved the speed and reliability of EMC’s flagship enterprise storage disk array. Between Centera and Symmetrix, Rob was the co-founder and VP of engineering at I/O Integrity, a storage-based startup developing a high-performance caching appliance.

He has a bachelor of science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s in business administration with honors from Rutgers University. Rob holds upwards of 30 patents.


Bill Simpson, Vice President of Worldwide Sales


Bill Simpson brings more than 20 years of technology sales experience to Nasuni and has a strong track record of building highly productive channel and sales organizations for young, fast-growing technology companies.

Immediately prior to joining Nasuni, Bill served as VP of Worldwide Sales at Akorri, a storage and virtualization management company that was acquired by NetApp in 2011. Before Akorri, Bill was VP of Global Channel sales and Strategy at Virtual Iron Software, a virtualization and virtual infrastructure management company that Oracle acquired in 2009. Bill has also held sales management positions at Pedestal Software (a security audit and compliance software company acquired by Altiris); Corechange (an enterprise portal company acquired by OpenText); Ardent (a data warehousing software company acquired by Informix); and Stratus Computer (a maker of fault-tolerant computers).

Bill’s outstanding work has twice earned him the honor of being named a CRN Channel Chief, and channel programs that Bill led in 2008, 2009 and 2010 each won the highest five-star certification rating from Everything Channel’s Partner Program Guides.

Bill holds a bachelor of science from Bridgewater State College.


Steve Boulanger, Chief Financial Officer

Steven-Boulanger-webSteve Boulanger is a skilled finance, operations and administration professional with experience in numerous venture-backed companies in the software, services, fabless semiconductor and consumer Internet markets.

Before joining Nasuni, Steven managed the corporate finance and accounting functions for six years at, an online family care services marketplace company (CRCM on NYSE).  At he managed five equity financings totaling over $100M, as well as three acquisitions (one international). Prior to Steve held similar positions at Tagsys RFID Group, a French-based RFID systems company, OpenPages, Inc., a content and workflow management software company (acquired by IBM), Cimaron Communications, a fabless communications semiconductor company (acquired by AMCC) and FASTech Integration, Inc. a manufacturing automation software company (acquired by Brooks Automation).

Steve brings to Nasuni his experience in a broad range of business areas including finance, operations, business strategy and planning, strategic sales, legal, IT and HR.

Steve holds bachelors degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


John Gniadek, VP of Professional Services and Support


John Gniadek brings more than 15 years of experience building and leading high performing service delivery teams.  John and his teams have delivered the highest levels of customer satisfaction in both small startup environments and also large, global technology organizations.  As the VP of Professional Services and Support, John will drive the entire post sales experience and customer satisfaction here at Nasuni.

Prior to joining Nasuni, John served as VP of WW Professional Services for Autonomy (an HP company).  John and his team were responsible for delivering implementations for both licensed and subscription based offerings of Autonomy’s Backup, Recovery and Archiving solutions.  Prior to Autonomy, John led WW Professional Services at Iron Mountain Digital which was acquired by Autonomy in 2011.  John was also responsible for leading WW Technical Support at Iron Mountain Digital prior to his role in Professional Services.

John has also held service delivery leadership positions at LiveVault (cloud based server backup and recovery which was acquired by Iron Mountain in 2005); Courion Corporation (a leader in identity and access management solutions); Rocket Software (a leading global software development firm with products that compliment and extend strategic IT infrastructure; and Lightbridge (a provider of technology services that managed customer transactions).

John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI.


Wayne St. Amand, Vice President of Global Marketing

Wayne St. AmandWayne St. Amand has 20 years of high-tech marketing experience with a track record of accelerating the growth trajectory and valuation of technology businesses. As VP of Marketing at Nasuni, he is responsible for driving global business expansion through the company’s corporate and product marketing efforts.

Most recently, Wayne was the executive vice president of marketing for Crimson Hexagon, an award-winning provider of social media analytics software to Global 2000 companies. Before Crimson Hexagon, he was director of marketing for ExaGrid Systems, a fast-growing, multi-award-winning developer of advanced data storage and back-up appliances. Prior to ExaGrid, St. Amand ran Electronic Vaulting product marketing for Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), helping to grow the product line from $12 million to $100+ million in revenues. Before Iron Mountain, he managed product marketing as well as corporate communications for Connected Corporation, a provider of PC data protection services and software, which was acquired by Iron Mountain in 2004 for $120 million. Prior to Connected, St. Amand managed global corporate communications for SilverStream Software, helping the company navigate a successful IPO (NASD: SSSW) and an acquisition by Novell in 2002 for $212 million.

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Marketing from Boston University.


Warren Mead, VP of Business Development

Warren MeadWarren Mead is a startup entrepreneur focused on building great companies from their early stages of initial rounds of funding. With over 18 years of experience with sales leadership, business development management, channel marketing development and building successful teams, Warren has helped lead young, fast-growing companies to successful IPOs and acquisitions. Warren has recently joined Nasuni, as the VP of Business Development to build up its strategic alliances for its Cloud Integrated Storage solution.

Prior to joining Nasuni, Warren has been involved in a number of successful, venture funded startups. Warren spent 6 years building SpeechWorks (now Nuance, Nasdaq; NUAN) from its first customers to a $160M public company with the 12th most successful IPO of 2000. As the initial sales leader at Virtual Iron, Warren built and launched a sales model that drove over 3,000 customers and a successful acquisition by Oracle in 2009. Warren also lead a successful turnaround effort at Akorri Networks that resulted in a successful acquisition by NetApp in 2011. As VP of Sales at Exoprise, Warren raised a $2M Venture A round of funding as well as establishing the company as a Microsoft Managed ISV partner. Warren has also held sales and leadership positions at AutoVirt, Open Development and Vicorp.

Warren holds a BA from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) and Leeds University (Leeds, England) where he was a member of the Rugby and Rowing teams.

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