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 Strategy 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.

Rich Smolen
Chief Financial Officer

Rich has over 20 years of experience in multiple industries, including telecommunications, technology, and finance. Among the many leadership positions he has held, Rich has served most recently as COO at Keller Lenkner LLC, and CFO at Oasis Financial. Rich received his BS in Finance from the College of Business at University of Illinois.

Chris Smith
SVP Operations

Chris brings over a decade of infrastructure experience in leadership roles to Unitas. Previously, he served as the Infrastructure Lead, North America for Dentsply Sirona. He also ran his own entrepreneurial venture in video production. Chris holds a BA from East Tennessee State University, four Microsoft Azure certifications, and numerous other IT certifications.

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.

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.

Nigel Meacham
Managing Director, Europe

Nigel Meacham has spent his career in network optimisation and audit, focusing on local access pricing. Nigel co-founded SNI, a network optimisation business, before co-founding Magenta netLogic in 1998. At Magenta, he led sales, winning two UK Government export achievement awards for supplying global access pricing tools to more than 30 telecoms operators. Magenta was acquired in 2004 by 20-20 Technologies. Nigel has a BA in Business Studies and resides in North West England.

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