Management Team

Patrick Shutt


Patrick has over 25 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


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.

Bob Pollan


Bob has over 30 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


Mary has over 25 years of experience in go-to market, customer acquisition, and product strategies. She has held leadership positions at Global Capacity, Sidera Networks, Atos Origin and SchlumbergerSema. Mary is recognized by CRN Top Women in the Channel and named to the 2021 Power 50 list. She holds a BFA from Syracuse University and post graduate certificates from Harvard and MIT.

Joseph Mileo

SVP Sales

Joe has over 25 years of sales and business development leadership in the telecommunication and technology industry.  Joe previously led the Strategic Alliance GTM for AT&T and Lumen at Intelepeer Cloud Communications, and held Executive Sales positions at vXchnge, Switch and Data, and AT&T. Joe graduated with a BBA from James Madison University and an Executive MBA from Columbia University. 

Andrea Hopkins

SVP Corporate Controller​

Andrea has 15+ years of experience in the telecom industry, and has held roles of increasing responsibility in such areas as accounting leadership, systems implementation, tax compliance, and treasury. She previously served as Controller at Lincoln Clean Energy, and assisted with their sale to Orsted, a multi-national energy company. Andrea is a certified public accountant. She graduated from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

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. In 2021, Mary Ann was recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology.

Julie Dillenbeck

SVP Connectivity Solutions

Julie has 20 years experience in pricing, management, and carrier relations in the telecommunications industry. She previously worked at TCG, later acquired by AT&T and held senior management positions at Universal Access and Global Capacity where she managed carrier relations. Julie holds a BA from Marquette University and MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Sharon Benor

EVP Human Resources

Sharon has worked in human resources for over 20 years in a variety of industries. She is passionate about collaborating to find unique and creative solutions to drive strong company cultures and meet company goals. Sharon received her BS in Public Policy from Indiana University and Master of Public Administration from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional and a Certified Executive Coach.

Joss Wynne Evans

Head of Legal Affairs

Joss 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 holds an MA (Hons) from Cambridge University. He currently lives and works out of the Highlands of Scotland.

Digital Alpha Advisors, LLC is an investment firm focused on digital infrastructure and services required by the digital economy with total assets under management of over $1.5B. The firm has a strategic collaboration agreement with Cisco Systems, Inc. As part of this agreement, Digital Alpha has preferred access to Cisco’s pipeline of commercial opportunities requiring equity financing. In addition, Digital Alpha has cultivated strategic partnerships with other Silicon Valley technology leaders, with whom it has already executed deals.  Digital Alpha believes that it is the first firm focused on making private equity investments in the significant growth opportunities required to underpin the Digital Economy, including smart cities, next generation broadband networks, and enterprise data management and communication solutions. Digital Alpha was founded in 2017 by Rick Shrotri, former Head of the Global Infrastructure Funds (GIF) team at Cisco, and closed its latest Fund – Digital Alpha Fund II, LP – in early 2021. 


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