Leadership

Executive Team

Patrick Shutt
Chief Executive Officer and Director

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 then founded 20/20 Technologies, which after multiple acquisitions became Global Capacity. Patrick holds a BA and an MBA from Wagner College.

Grant Kirkwood
Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder and Director

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.

Farrah Kashef
VP of Business Development and Co-Founder

Farrah has nearly two decades of IT experience, primarily in the telecommunications 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 BA in management information systems from California State University, Fullerton.

Bob Pollan
Chief Financial Officer

Bob has over 25 years of global investing and operating experience. He has held senior executive and 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.

Mary Stanhope
Chief Marketing Officer

Mary has over 25 years of experience developing and executing multi-channel go-to market, customer acquisition, and product strategies.  She has held product and marketing positions at Global Capacity, Sidera Networks, Atos Origin and SchlumbergerSema.  Mary is recognized as a CRN Top Women in the Channel and GTB 50 Women to Watch in Communications. She holds a BA from Syracuse University and professional graduate certificates from Harvard and MIT.

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 communication from UC Santa Barbara.

Mary Ann Rose
SVP Strategic Partnerships

Mary Ann has 15+ years of experience in sales and sales leadership positions in the telecommunications industry. With passion and drive, Mary Ann propels the business development activity at Unitas for clients seeking network connectivity and customer software applications. She received her BA from Missouri State University.

Frank Florentine
Chief Operating Officer

Frank brings over 20 years of IT and operations leadership experience, combined with extensive organizational change management to his executive role at Unitas. Previously, Frank has held technology and IT leadership roles at the Village of Orland Park, Illinois, Global Capacity, Vanco, and Universal Access. He holds a BS from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master’s of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from Northwestern University.

Julie Dillenbeck
SVP Connectivity Solutions

Julie has 20 years experience in pricing, management, and carrier relations in the telecommunications industry. At Teleport Communications Group (acquired by AT&T), Julie served as Midwest Regional Marketing Manager. She held senior management positions at Universal Access and Global Capacity where she streamlined the pricing process while establishing strong relationships with vendor partners. Julie holds a BA from Marquette University and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

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