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
VP 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.

Greg Hough
SVP of Network Strategy

Greg brings over 20 years of network architecture and managed services experience, combined with extensive business development knowledge to his network strategy role. Previously, Greg served as CEO of Zthernet and held executive network and technology leadership positions at Global Capacity, Enron Broadband Services, Bloomberg, and CSC. A veteran, Greg began his technical career in the US Navy as an Avionics Technician. Greg holds a BA in Business from Sam Houston State University.

Scott Walker
Chief Strategy Officer

Scott has over 20 years of global leadership experience in alliances, indirect channels, sales and marketing at leading technology firms including Equinix, Masergy Communications, Ericsson, and AT&T. As the head of Cloud Infrastructure & Tech Alliances at Ericsson, he launched 5G and edge computing solutions. Scott earned his BA in marketing at Cal Poly State University and his executive education at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.

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