Management Team

Andres Rodriguez, Founder and CEO

Andres

Andres Rodriguez is a storage visionary and highly successful entrepreneur. As Nasuni CEO, he brings passion and energy to his role refining and communicating Nasuni’s strategy and technology direction. Andres’ also oversees the company’s strategic partnerships.

Andres was previously Founder and CEO at Archivas, creator of the first enterprise-class cloud storage system. Acquired by Hitachi Data Systems, Archivas is now the basis for the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). After supporting the worldwide rollout of HCP as Hitachi’s CTO of File Services and seeing the Archivas team and technology successfully integrated, Andres turned his attention to his next venture, Nasuni (NAS Unified).  Delivering value-added enterprise file services on top of cloud object storage was the natural progression of Andres’ cloud storage vision.

Before founding Archivas, Andres was CTO at the New York Times, where his ideas for digital content storage, protection and access were formed. He joined The Times after its acquisition of Abuzz, a pioneering social networking company he co-founded.

Andres has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and a Master of Physics degree from Boston University. He holds numerous patents and is an avid swimmer.

 

Paul Flanagan, President

Paul Flanagan is Nasuni’s President, responsible for leading Nasuni’s global operations and executing the company’s go-to-market and customer success strategies. He is focused on building a world-class team of innovators whose common goal is to leverage the cloud to disrupt enterprise file storage.

Paul has a wealth of experience leading technology companies through hyper-growth periods and IPOs. As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at VistaPrint (now Cimpress), he saw revenue increase from $40M to more than $180M and led the company through its IPO. Still an independent company, Cimpress is valued at more than $2.5B. Paul also led storage-as-a-service pioneer StorageNetworks through its IPO, serving as COO, CFO, and President from startup to an eventual presence in 16 cities.

Paul is an investor in many next-generation technology companies.  As Managing Director at Sigma Partners, he led the firm’s participation as the first Nasuni investor. Paul is a graduate of Bentley College.

 

Scott Dussault, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Scott Dussalt - Nasuni COO and CFOAs Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Scott Dussault is responsible for all the financial and administrative operations, customer support and professional services of the company. He brings more than 20 years of operational and financial leadership experience and a track record of success to Nasuni.

Before joining Nasuni, Scott was Executive Vice president and Chief Financial Officer at Demandware, Inc., (NYSE: DWRE) the category-defining leader of enterprise cloud commerce solutions. During Scott’s tenure at Demandware, the company grew from 120 employees to approximately 450 employees, annual recurring revenues increased from $8 million to $150 million while annual contracted revenue backlog grew to $350 million. Scott also led the company through its initial public offering and follow on offering, which raised approximately $300 million and resulted in a market capitalization of over $3 billion.

Prior to Demandware, Scott was a Chief Financial Officer of Archivas, Inc., a developer and distributor of an online storage management solution designed for long-term storage of fixed-content digital assets. Archivas was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems in February, 2007. Prior to Archivas, Dussault was Chief Financial Officer for Astra Tech, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Astra Zeneca and a distributor of medical devices. Before Astra Tech, Scott served as Chief Financial Officer of StorageNetworks (NASDAQ:STOR), a publicly-traded data-storage software and services company. Scott began his career with Ernst & Young LLP, where he earned his CPA and was a manager in the Entrepreneurial Services and Audit Services areas.

Scott holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Stonehill College. He is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Joe Gately, EVP of Sales and Field Operations

Joe-Gately-Executive-Vice-President-of-Sales-and-Field-OperationsJoe Gately is responsible for Global Field Operations at Nasuni, including Sales, Channels, Business Development and Solutions Engineering. He brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the software and storage industries.

A proven executive and entrepreneur, Joe has extensive experience in senior management roles at technology companies. He has assumed leadership roles in everything from fast-growing startups to mature organizations operating at a $300 million revenue run rate. Prior to joining Nasuni, Joe led the buyout of ByteSphere, a software company specializing in Global IT Management solutions. Joe was ByteSphere’s CEO until the company was successfully acquired by EXFO.

Prior to ByteSphere, Joe founded two successful companies, including Linx Communications, a pioneer in unified communications that was acquired by one of its outside investors. He also served in a variety of senior sales and general management roles at BMC Software, Mazu Networks (acquired by Riverbed), and GiantLoop Networks. His storage roots run deep, too. Joe was an early Sales and Marketing leader at EMC, where he helped drive the company into the storage market. At Nasuni, Joe plans to use his extensive experience in the IT and storage solutions markets to accelerate the company’s growth and expansion both domestically and overseas.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from the University of Rhode Island.

 

Tom Rose, Chief Marketing Officer

Tom Rose is responsible for worldwide marketing at Nasuni, including product management, online marketing, company branding, channel marketing, and corporate communications. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in cloud, storage, virtualization, and security software and a track record of leading early stage technology companies to widespread market success.

Prior to Nasuni, Tom was Chief Marketing Officer at Unidesk, the pioneer in application layering technology for digital workspaces, from company inception through its acquisition by Citrix. Before Unidesk, Tom was Vice President, Marketing at AppIQ, the leader in multi-vendor Storage Resource Management (SRM) software, from launch through its acquisition by HP.

Tom was also Vice President, Marketing at Courion, a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader in identity and access management acquired by K1 Investment Management; Vice President, Marketing at HighGround Systems, the inventor of SRM acquired by Sun; and Director of Product Management at HyperDesk, an early groupware innovator acquired by FTP Software. Tom started his career as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation.

Tom holds BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Clarkson University and an MBA degree from Rivier University.

 

Warren Mead, Vice President, Channel Sales and 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.

 

John Capello, Vice President of Product Strategy

John-Capello-WebBefore coming to Nasuni, John worked as VP of Products for fast growing startups Abuzz (acquired by The New York Times) and Tabblo (photo-sharing site, acquired by Hewlett-Packard), as a general manager for The New York Times Digital, and as a consultant for McKinsey and Company.

More recently, John has been an independent consultant with clients that include a leading pharmaceutical company (customer analytics), an innovative CAD developer (product design and development), and a green energy monitoring start-up (analytics platform). 

John earned his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he was the recipient of the McKinsey Award and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Social Studies and Music.

 

John Bilotti, Vice President of Global Support and Technical Operations

John-Bilotti-VP-of-Support-and-ServicesJohn Bilotti oversees global technical support, professional services and customer success. As a career technical support expert and former director of corporate IT, John brings deep customer and technical knowledge to this position.

After studying computer science, John worked for 12 years at Stratus Technologies, beginning as a technical support engineer and rising to Senior Technical Network Consultant. Following Stratus, he joined Archivas as the principle support engineer, and remained for two years following the Hitachi acquisition. Next John moved to Demandware, where he began as Team Lead of Product Support, then went on to live the role that many Nasuni clients find themselves in today. John was in charge of both Demandware’s global corporate infrastructure and the IT help desk. As a result, he understands as well as anyone the pain, complaints and headaches that have become an unfortunate part of IT today. He recently returned to his support roots at Nasuni, where he is driven to improve the company’s already stellar customer service and support record as the company expands.

An amateur woodworker and photographer, John has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

 

Russell Neufeld, Chief Technology Officer

Russ-NeufeldRussell Neufeld oversees ongoing and future technology development and manages Nasuni’s technical relationship with the public cloud providers. He has more than a dozen years of experience in the storage industry.

An experienced developer, Russell began his career working on compilers at IBM. His early interest in Java led him to Cambridge startup Natural Intelligence and later Microsoft, where he worked on Java compilers and virtual machines. At Abuzz, and then the New York Times, he helped build some of the first scalable, customer-focused web applications, eventually leading a key development team. Since 2003, Russell has been working in the storage industry, first at HDS Archivas, then on to Nasuni in 2009. Drawing in part on his experience building scalable web apps, Russell has been instrumental in the design and implementation of the Nasuni Operations Center (NOC), the global lock server and other back-end services that make Nasuni a seamless and simple experience for both IT and end users.

One of the stand-up desk pioneers at Nasuni, Russell is also a dedicated runner, even in the icy New England winters. A daily practitioner of meditation and the father of two boys, he has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.

 

David Shaw, Chief Science Officer

David ShawDavid Shaw is the main architect of the Nasuni product. A uniquely qualified security expert, he has patents in file system design, distributed data storage design and other areas.

Although he has been coding since middle school, David began his career in film, working on numerous television programs and movies in roles as diverse as puppet engineering and camera operation. Before long, though, his passion for programmer took over. After pursuing a degree in computer science, David joined Akamai in 1998, where he wrote the video-streaming code that enabled the company to broadcast live events such as the famed Apple keynotes of Steve Jobs.

An early interest in security and privacy led to his making contributions to the GnuPG project, an effort to create a free and portable implementation of the OpenPGP standard. This in turn led to involvement with the IETF OpenPGP Working Group, and contributions to RFC-4880, the OpenPGP standard. At Archivas (later Hitachi Data Systems), David worked on encryption at rest as well as large scale storage and filesystems. Upon joining Nasuni in 2009, David focused on making the security so simple and automatic that it was always on, and ensuring that Nasuni itself did not have access to customer data. He also built much of the system that chunks files into smaller, encrypted pieces, and contributed to the development of the caching algorithms, the OS and more. His larger goal is to ensure that Nasuni is building something beautiful.

David remains a Core Developer on the GnuPG project. He has a BFA in Cinematography from the School of Visual Arts and an MSE in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

 

Matt McDonald, Vice President of Engineering

Matt-McDonaldMatt McDonald drives the design of the Nasuni Filer and Nasuni Mobile, overseeing product development and release schedules. He has specialized in data storage for 15 years and owns a number of patents related to distributed object storage.

Matt began his career at Data General’s CLARiiON group before it was acquired by EMC. From EMC CLARiiON he moved to EMC Centera, one of the first large scale distributed object storage systems, where he tackled several different challenges related to storing large numbers of objects. Next he spent six years at Hitachi Data Systems Archivas, beginning in system architecture before moving up to manage the development group there for his last two years. At HDS, Matt earned four patents on distributed object storage design. In 2010, Matt joined Nasuni as part of the architecture team, leveraging his deep experience in distributed object storage systems to help build the backbone of Nasuni’s global file system.

With an infant at home and a passion for building the next generation file system, Matt is still trying to find time for a round of golf.

He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MBA from Babson College.

 

Chris Sledz, Vice President of Account Management

Chris-Sledz-Vice-President-of-Account-Management-CropA longtime sales, management and client relations leader, Chris Sledz directs the Account Management and Account Executive functions at Nasuni.

Chris began his career at CDW, where he quickly rose through the sales ranks. After moving into management for CDW Healthcare full-time in 2006, he grew the largest team within the group by 30%, and later transformed the lowest performing region into its most successful. In working closely with client companies, though, he saw firsthand the struggles organizations face when forced to rely on inefficient technologies. Chris was increasingly drawn to the idea of driving business success by introducing companies to the right technology at the right time, and Nasuni was an ideal match.

For three years, Chris managed Central Sales for Nasuni, building that region into one of the company’s top territories. In 2014, Chris established Nasuni’s Account Management team to ensure that our current customers always come first. As VP of Account Management, he maintains Nasuni’s focus on long-term client relationships and customer success.

An avid fly fisherman, skier, and outdoorsman, Chris graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Marketing.

 

Kathleen Parrish, Vice President of Human Resources

Kathleen Parrish leads all strategic HR functions, supporting the organization’s ability to meet its aggressive growth and revenue goals.

Over the past two decades, Kathleen has acquired HR leadership experience in a diverse mix of industries and companies, from globally recognized brands such as Royal Carribbean to growth-driven technology startups. She has overseen employee relations, managed and supported large, complex organizations with employees spread across the world and steered companies through tremendous growth periods. At Demandware, Kathleen grew the company from 200 to more than 1,000 employees, while also building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation.

As Vice President of Human Resources, Kathleen is now building that same culture at Nasuni. Working as a strategic partner to all the key business functions, she assists with the planning and forecasting of the company’s needs, acquires and retains talent across all departments, from finance to engineering, and provides management training, leadership development and other key functions for our fast-growing company.

An avid traveler who has visited more than 50 countries, Kathleen has a BS in Business from Northeastern University.

 

Ray Hale, Vice President of Finance

ray-hale-headshot-webAn experienced financial leader at established and growing companies, Ray Hale manages both financial planning and accounting for Nasuni.

Ray began his career performing financial analysis and market research for large companies. He first gained experience in corporate finance at Gillette, then moved to the business insights group at Shaw’s Supermarkets. After performing a similar role at CVS, Ray embarked on his first journey into emerging technology, eventually landing at enterprise cloud commerce provider Demandware. As he managed an expanding finance team, the company’s annual recurring revenue rose from $20M to over $200M, and Demandware completed three successful acquisitions. During this hypergrowth period, Ray was instrumental in telling the company’s financial story to potential investors as Demandware sought and then delivered on a successful IPO, which resulted in a market capitalization of over $3 billion.

Since joining Nasuni in 2015, Ray has sharpened the company’s focus on its core financial strengths, while ensuring Nasuni’s ability to scale as its customer base and recurring revenues continue their rapid expansion.

Ray has a B.S. in Finance from Seton Hall University and an M.B.A. from Providence College.

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