Global Leadership

It Starts at the Top

Our values, our mission – it all starts at the top. We are driven by helping others succeed, and we have fun doing it. Meet the people who lead the charge.

Global Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Strategy Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Commerce Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer

Chief Information Security Officer

Chief Data Officer

Chief Revenue Officer, Americas

CVP of Financial Operations

CVP of Global Communications

Natasha Wright

CVP of Marketing

CVP of Global Service

Caroline Goles

CVP of Sales Strategy

Nikki Meyer

CVP of Vendor Global Alliances

CVP of Brand

SVP of Empowerment Programs

SVP of Channel, Americas

Derek Mapes

SVP of Partner Support, Americas

SVP of Business Development, Americas

SVP of Sales, Americas

SVP of Corporate Development

SVP of Pax8 University

SVP of Product

SVP of Engineering

Board Members

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA

Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA

Chief Information Officer, EMEA

Chief Channel Officer, EMEA

Chief Operating Officer, EMEA

Chief People Officer, EMEA

Eric Mink

Chief Technology Officer, EMEA

Harald Nuij

Managing Director, EMEA

Asia-Pacific (APAC)

SVP, Asia

North America

United States
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Europe, Middle East, Africa

United Kingdom
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Asia-Pacific

Australia
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John Street

Chief Executive Officer

John Street is an award-winning entrepreneur who has launched many new businesses, including four that garnered Inc. 500 status. With Pax8, he has created a complete cloud commerce marketplace, aggregating leading solutions for outsourced IT service providers to efficiently manage their clients’ cloud operations.

 

John currently serves on the Board for the Institute for Cultural Evolution, an emerging think tank focused on how integral philosophy can mitigate the effects of hyper-polarity in American society today. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, which he was largely credited with turning around from near bankruptcy to a thriving institution. His civic efforts also include his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines in the 1980’s.

 

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, John has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a certified public accountant. He is a long-term member of Young Presidents’ Organization. He and his wife Mary Beazley have two great kids, Alice and Ethan.

Scott Chasin

Chief Technology Officer

Scott Chasin is a serial entrepreneur that has founded several successful startups in collaboration, security, and cloud.

Scott is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Pax8, a cloud marketplace that empowers the modern MSP to buy, sell, and manage cloud products. Scott is also the co-founder of Dreamstage, a venture-backed live music streaming platform. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for the cyber security firm DuskRise.

Before joining Pax8, Scott was the founder and CEO of Protectwise, an innovative network security company acquired by Verizon. Previous to Protectwise, he founded several venture-backed startups, including USA.NET (acquired by BAE Systems), MX Logic (acquired by McAfee), and Bugtraq (acquired by Symantec).

Scott and his wife, Becca, have two amazing young daughters.

Klaus Dimmler

Chief Strategy Officer

As Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Pax8, Klaus provides the vision and technical strategy for the company. He leads the development of innovations that drive the next-generation distribution of cloud products and services. Under his guidance, Pax8 transforms silos created by multiple vendors into seamlessly managed IT solutions, offering partners automated provisioning, unified recurring billing, intelligent integration, product life cycle management, analytics, and unified dashboards.

 

Klaus brings a diverse and informed perspective on technology shaped by his broad range of experiences with multiple-sized companies and various subject matters. Early in his career, his work focused on semiconductor processing and circuit design for AT&T, Bell Laboratories, and Motorola. He entered the start-up community, pioneering work for Lattice Semiconductor, Inmos, Cypress Semiconductor, Ramtron, and Simtek. In the last 25 years, Klaus founded several start-up companies with disciplines ranging from the Internet to semiconductors.

 

Klaus earned a BS and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. A constant inventor, he holds 33 patents. In his spare time, Klaus enjoys flying drones, skiing, 3D printing, automating his house with numerous IoT devices, and endlessly exploring the ever-growing universe of new cloud applications.

Ryan Walsh

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Ryan works in alignment with the CEO in executing the vision for Pax8. He develops strategic initiatives and processes to ensure personnel and operational functions are efficient, effective, and innovative. He is responsible for Vendor Product Strategy, Internal Operations, and Security Operations. Under his leadership, these departments build the technologies, solutions, and programs that drive the innovative ways Pax8 serves partners and vendors. Ryan promotes the Pax8 core values across the company, and the Chief HR Officer and CISO report to him, reflecting the importance of people and security operations to Pax8.

Ryan has over 18 years of experience enabling businesses with internet-based IT solutions. He started his career in Deloitte & Touche’s Consulting division and served as MX Logic’s Vice President of product management.

Ryan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College. He is an award-winning speaker, a CompTIA Channel Member Champion, and has been included in CRN’s esteemed list of Channel Chiefs for five consecutive years. Ryan is a dedicated husband and father who enjoys exploring Colorado with his family and any activity related to basketball.

Puneet Pamnani

Chief Financial Officer

Puneet Pamnani is a technology industry CFO with both public company and private company experience. His extensive capital markets track record includes taking a company through an Initial Public Offering (IPO), leading an equity follow-on offering, a portfolio company strategic sale/exit for a Private Equity owner, 12 tuck-in acquisitions, and two public debt markets offerings. The transformation and the ROI delivered by his acquisitions were acknowledged by the M&A Advisor forum, which awarded him the ’40 under 40′ award in 2012.

 

As a finance and operations leader, Puneet has managed large operations (up to 800+ staff) and delivered improved margins, client retention and growth, and optimized working capital.

 

He is a global citizen with meaningful experience working on four continents and leading multi-country teams. Puneet holds an MBA, an undergraduate in Computer Science, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter. Puneet lives with his wife Sweata in Atlanta, Georgia

Nick Heddy

Chief Commerce Officer

As Chief Commerce Officer (CCO), Nick is responsible for the strategy and execution of all Pax8’s global commerce operations, including sales, marketing, and partner services. Under his intentional and thoughtful guidance, he ensures all regional leaders and business units are aligned, enabling the company to achieve its mission and long-term goals. Nick identifies additional revenue streams and establishes programs to capitalize on new opportunities and drive significant growth. Nick previously held the role of Chief Revenue Officer at Pax8, where he was responsible for revenue generation processes and leading the strategic direction of the company’s sales, business planning, and go-to-market efforts.

 

Nick has earned several prestigious recognitions, including being named a CRN Channel Chief for five consecutive years, a 2020 C-suite Award winner by the Denver Business Journal, and many awards for his keynote presentations. He holds a BA in Entrepreneuring from Central Michigan University and an MBA from the University of Colorado Business School. Nick enjoys spending free time with his wife and two young sons and volunteering with Special Olympics Colorado.

Susan Mitnick

Chief Human Resources Officer

As Chief Human Resources Officer at Pax8, Susan Mitnick is responsible for ensuring that our fantastic culture of high employee engagement, teamwork, and fun remains a cornerstone of our success. Focusing on our values to Innov8, Advoc8, Elev8, and Celebr8, Susan’s team works to create an environment that encourages and supports employee growth and advancement. Whether through professional development programs, employee-led committees, working groups to propose new and innovative solutions, social impact programs, or special events, we strive to provide opportunities for everyone to participate meaningfully as part of the Pax8 family.

Previously, Susan served as VP of Training at Pax8, Senior Director of Sales Operations at Four Winds Interactive, and Senior Director of Training at Cbeyond. The Colorado Technology Association has recognized her as a finalist for Talent Champion of the Year in 2021 and 2022.

Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Technology Association and is a member of their advocacy council. She enjoys spending time with her wife and their kids, including three pups, a goat, and a pig (all rescues). She also likes to play tennis, hike, and take in the beautiful Colorado sunsets.

Brad Fugitt

Chief Information and Security Officer

Brad Fugitt oversees information risk management for Pax8. He implements the security and compliance vision, strategy, and security programs to protect Pax8 information assets and technologies. Brad also directs staff in identifying, developing, implementing, and maintaining processes to reduce risk. His duties include developing processes and procedures for security and privacy policies, leading incident response and investigations, and assisting with developing business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

Brad has a diverse background and has held various roles in the US Army, as a member of the White House Communications Agency for 15 years traveling worldwide providing secure and non-secure voice and data communication to the President and his staff, and as President of a start-up company. He also served in roles as COO and CIO. He maintains a Top-Secret clearance and advises senior leaders on classified initiatives.

Brad graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS degree in Information Technology and a Master of Science degree from Colorado Technical University in Information Technology and Project Management. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Colorado Springs with their three boys, Braden, Austin, and Dylan.

David James

Chief Data Officer

David James has consistently received industry recognition as a revenue operations and data analytics leader. He joined four early growth stage technology companies where he focused on building sustained revenue growth capability, leading to successful equity events for each.

David is a practitioner of best practices integrating data analytics with revenue operations capability and sales teams. At Pax8, he is applying this focus on building an efficient, highly integrated revenue engine, including building infrastructure, sales processes, data insights, and high-performance teams that scale. He enjoys developing and mentoring next-generation leaders and sharing his playbook of proven frameworks that drives sustained revenue growth.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, David earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing while enjoying his passion for music by performing in the UGA Redcoat Marching Band. He completed his Executive MBA at Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

David lives in Atlanta with his wife Bridget and two children. In addition to music, he also has a passion for sports and supports his kid’s enthusiasm for soccer, baseball, and tennis (without embarrassing them too much from the cheap seats).

Lane Brannan

Chief Revenue Officer, Americas

As Chief Revenue Officer, Americas, Lane oversees departments responsible for Pax8’s revenue-generating activities in the region. He aligns the sales and marketing teams and drives collaboration, efficiency, and results through effective cross-team communication, clear direction, and celebrating small and large wins. Lane is instrumental in creating future strategic plans to enhance revenue streams and drive the company’s continued growth.

 

In a career spanning over 20 years, Lane has spent considerable time helping build and cultivate the sales organizations of leading technology companies. He is a passionate leader who loves developing people and helping them realize their full potential. Before Pax8, Lane was the Chief Revenue Officer at Convercent and Four Winds Interactive and spent more than a decade at Cbeyond, leading a team of over 300 employees and helping drive its massive growth. Lane earned a BA in Marketing from Hardin Simons University and was a board member for KidsTek, a nonprofit providing after-school computer programs and technology certification-earning programs for K-12 Colorado students. Lane enjoys the quiet of the woods and spending his free time doing anything outdoors with his wife and three children.

Michael Lipfield

Corporate Vice President of Financial Operations

As Corporate Vice President of Financial Operations at Pax8, Michael provides the leadership and vision for the financial health and structure of Pax8. His responsibilities include implementing processes, programs, and initiatives to position Pax8 in the most advantageous way financially. Michael continues to head the mission-critical tasks of book and record-keeping while also strategically using data to drive decisions and strategy. He is responsible for mitigating risk as the company executes its vision, and he confidently communicates financial information to the board of directors and investors.

 

Michael’s expansive career includes many leadership roles, with over 15 years in C-level positions. He has strategically worked with early-stage high-growth companies to ensure and leverage their financial health. Michael has been instrumental in starting six companies, orchestrating two company buyouts, and overseeing the acquisitions of multiple enterprises. He earned a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology and a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Colorado Society of CPAs. Michael volunteers at his children’s school and his temple in his spare time.

Amanda Lee

SVP of Global Communications

As Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Amanda provides leadership, planning, and execution for Pax8’s strategic communications. She is responsible for corporate internal and external communications, media and public relations strategies, analyst relations, and crisis communications. She leads the planning and successful execution of programs and initiatives that support, promote, and protect Pax8’s strategic business objectives and reputation. Amanda is responsible for developing and leading the execution of a communications and public relations strategy that supports Pax8’s mission, vision, and values.

With over 17 years of experience, Amanda has worked with Fortune 500 companies, SMBs, and U.S. Congress to provide overall strategy and communications planning. She has won numerous awards, including Women of the Channel, CRN UK A-List, and is a 2021 Steve award winner. She holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in Public Relations and Communications from Georgetown University. She is also a community advocate, serving on the Advisory Board of Voices for Innovation and Community Leader for The Women In Tech (WIT) Network—Denver. She founded TechStart Denver, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering future technology leaders.

Craig Donovan

SVP of Partner Services

As Senior Vice President of Partner Services, Craig drives the strategic direction of the company’s service delivery, sales engineering, and professional service teams. With over 20 years of experience in engineering and leadership within the software and operational teams, Craig is tasked with understanding partner needs then building requirements and processes to meet them.

Craig’s passion has been delivering solutions that exceed the customer’s needs throughout his career. He has built his career on strong customer relationships through innovative technology. Before Pax8, Craig served as an industry leader in Dynamic Ad Insertion for Video On Demand at Canoe Ventures. He also led engineering teams at Weyerhaeuser and River Software. Craig spends his weekends coaching and running the largest regional basketball program for the Special Olympics in Colorado. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Colorado Mesa University.

Don Jeter

SVP of Marketing

As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Don leads the company’s go-to-market strategy and is responsible for driving the growth of Pax8 through brand marketing, field, and demand generation initiatives. Don is a creative force in the industry who has helped the company build its strong brand and engaged community.

Before Pax8, Don held various marketing roles at Symantec and Veritas. While at Veritas, the world’s leader in information management, Jeter received many accolades, including the CMO’s Marketing MVP honor and North America’s VP Leadership award. In 2020, Don was named one of Comparably’s 49 Startup Marketing Leaders to Follow and was named CRN’s 100 People You Don’t Know But Should in 2017.

Don is an avid indoorsman who loves design, movies, and music. He and his wife Stephanie Barthel have a famous child star named Sonny.

Cleve Lewis

SVP of Empowerment Programs

As the Senior Vice President of Empowerment Programs at Pax8, Cleve is responsible for building the Pax8 brand around social impact, including how the company approaches Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, partnering with rural communities, global community involvement, and establishing Pax8 as a thought leader in social impact.

 

 

Before his current role as SVP of Empowerment, Cleve spent 25 years in Executive Sales Leadership roles with telecommunication and cable companies. His responsibilities included building robust businesses through organic growth, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships. As an early member of the Pax8 executive team, he has been instrumental in driving its vision and growth.

 

 

Cleve has a BA in Business from Brandeis University. As a former professional soccer player, he enjoys coaching and mentoring today’s youth and follows soccer on the world stage. He currently lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Diane and two kids, Arden and Cole.

Jen Bodell

SVP of Global Channel

As Senior Vice President of Global Channel at Pax8, Jennifer is responsible for the company’s channel event strategy, education, and enablement. She develops and manages key IT channel relationships, including new growth opportunities and the company’s award-winning partner program. Before joining Pax8, Jennifer held multiple channel-focused leadership positions at StorageCraft. She has earned several accolades, including CRN’s Power 100, Women of the Channel, CRN Channel Chief, 100 People You Don’t Know But Should, HTG’s Presenter of the Year, and was named a Rising Star by the Utah American Marketing Association. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Communications from the University of Utah.

Being a true Leo, Jennifer’s creativity and confidence came early. Dancing, gymnastics, and cheerleading fueled her love of public performance. Now, she speaks at industry events, telling the Pax8 story and promoting the company’s value. #beyourbrand

Family is everything to Jennifer. When she rescued her sweet Poppy from the Humane Society, she thought her family of three was complete, but in 2021, she welcomed her first daughter, and her life has forever changed. She is excited to raise a strong, beautiful, happy, kind, and independent woman. #rescuedontshop

Aaron Garza

SVP of Business Development

As Senior Vice President of Business Development, Aaron is responsible for ensuring both vendors and partners have a successful journey with Pax8 by increasing their revenue growth and reach. In his role, he leads the development and execution of new vendor programs, sales & marketing strategies, and driving the subject matter expertise around solution stacks. Aaron is a servant leader focused on building and maintaining long-term relationships.

Aaron is a seasoned professional with over ten years of experience in the cloud industry in sales and leadership roles. He has spent his career driving company initiatives by implementing new programs and processes. Aaron has impacted many areas throughout Pax8. He built several departments, including the Infrastructure practice, Professional Services group, the Sales Engineering division, the Vendor Success Management team, and the Solutions Consultants team.

Aaron holds a civic chair position with a Texas-based non-profit focused on pediatric neurodiversity and enjoys spending as much time as he can with Nicholas and Noah, his two sons. Aaron holds a BA in Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Tx, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Jared Pangretic

SVP of Sales

As Senior Vice President of Sales, Jared is responsible for the success of the Pax8 Sales organization. His team drives new partner activations, increased license adoption, and strengthened partner relationships. He develops efficient programs and processes for his team, catalyzing a heightened partner experience. Under his leadership, Pax8 made organizational enhancements to the Sales Team by implementing a new Channel Account Manager (CAM) model. Partners now have a dedicated account representative and a team of consultants focusing on each technology stack, enabling them to better position, sell, and support solutions.

Jared has worked in technology sales for nearly a decade and has a proven track record of driving exceptional results in various leadership roles. As a former Pax8 Cloud Solutions Advisor, he is equipped to offer critical guidance to his team.

Before joining Pax8, Jared worked in various sales roles, including telecommunications. He earned a BS in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago. A proud father of two daughters, Jared enjoys spending time with his family and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

Jefferson Keith

SVP of Corporate Development

Jefferson brings over 20 years of financial management experience to Pax8. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, he leads the global expansion initiative through Merger and Acquisition activities, collaborative partnerships, and entrance into new channels. J has been with the company since its launch in 2013, driving strategic programs to enable the company’s growth, scale, and impact. J is passionate about cloud technology and has spent the last few years redefining technology advisory services at Pax8. His innovative approach and the simplicity of cloud technology enable business advisors to become a single source of cloud consumption for clients while driving their digital transformation.

J joined Arthur Andersen after graduation from the University of Colorado, Denver, with a BS degree in Accounting. He has held senior accounting and finance management positions with several companies, including First Data, MX Logic, and McAfee. J serves as a Treasurer for Denver’s City Park Jazz and enjoys escaping to his art studio to paint.

Lynn Leadley

SVP of Pax8 University

As Senior Vice President of Pax8 University, Lynn is responsible for developing, implementing, and leading company-wide training and career development programs. Under her guidance, Pax8 was awarded the Association for Talent Development BEST Award in 2021. Through her leadership, new hires are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to be proficient in their roles and provided continual upskilling and career coaching. Lynn implemented an industry-leading learning management system to achieve optimal performance and productivity.

Lynn has over 25 years of experience in the technology field, working for both startup companies and large corporations. Before Pax8, she served as Executive Director of Global Sales Operations for IHS Markit Ltd. She has managed, trained, and mentored hundreds of employees in her career. She is passionate about building impactful programs and developing people professionally and personally.

Lynn holds a BS in Finance from the University of Delaware and is a Certified Professional in Training Management. A passionate champion for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, she has volunteered and raised over $25,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. She has two sons, who are both artists, Pascal and Armand.

Elizabeth McIlhany

SVP of Product

Elizabeth is the Senior Vice President of Product at Pax8 and is responsible for product vision, strategy, and execution. She oversees product management, execution, and design. She has a deep track record of product management experience with technology companies, including Pie Insurance, MapQuest, and Leapfrog.

Prior to joining Pax8, Elizabeth was the Vice President of Product Management at Dreamstage, Inc, a paid streaming platform for live performances.

 

Elizabeth earned her degree in Geography from the University of Chicago. She’s a dual citizen with the UK, proof of which is evident in her love of Irn Bru. She lives in Denver with her husband Chad Kearney and wonderful son, Ingram.

Eric Stevens

SVP of Engineering

Eric is a seasoned Engineering leader with an extensive background in cyber security, high-end real-time distributed systems, and massive data analytics. He has demonstrated successes leading teams of every size, from very small to large, international, distributed teams. 

 

Most recently, Eric was VP of Engineering at ProtectWise, a Denver-based petabit scale cyber security detections, insights, and forensic platform. This platform was responsible for ingesting, rationalizing, analyzing, storing, and recalling over 500 billion data points per day across a diverse set of customer networks, with hundreds of petabytes of data under active management, and all at the speed of network latency. 

 

When Verizon purchased ProtectWise, Eric stayed with the team and eventually grew to be the executive leader for internal Engineering over Verizon Business Group’s entire cyber security product portfolio. 

 

Eric’s diverse technical background spans numerous industries, including healthcare, cyber security, eCommerce, social networking, and more. 

 

Eric lives in the Denver area with his wife Audrey, their amazing kids, Elisabeth and Tomas, and their two dogs.

David Willis

David Willis had an illustrious career at Microsoft Corp spanning nearly 29 years and joined the Board of Pax8 in 2021. His most recent roles at Microsoft included Corporate Vice President (CVP) of the US Partner group and CVP of the US Corporate Accounts and SMB business, growing that business to over $8B while leading the transformation to the Cloud. Prior to that, David was VP of the US Dynamics business overseeing all operations relating to Microsoft’s US ERP & CRM solutions.

 

Since moving on from Microsoft, David has dedicated his professional efforts to helping technology companies build their businesses and achieve their growth aspirations. He participates on the Boards of two other technology companies and assists others with mentoring and guidance.

 

Originally from Canada, David holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario. He currently resides in Kirkland, WA with his wife and two children.

David A. Walsh

David Walsh, as an entrepreneur, investor, and operator, has been creating value in the Financial Services, Fintech, SaaS, telecommunications, information technology, content, and software industries for 35 years. A proven leader, he has built, scaled, and sold companies from start-ups to multi-billion global enterprises, generating billions of dollars in gains for investors and management teams by combining his vision and operational expertise with a deep knowledge of the capital markets, from venture capital to private equity, and from Initial Public Offerings to significant industry consolidations.

 

 

David Walsh has founded or co-founded five technology companies and has been the Chairman, CEO, President or Board Member of five public companies. David has served as Chairman of seven companies, IXnet, Telerate, Netas, Vercuity, Westcom, GENBAND, and DefensX. He has also served on the boards of IPC, Voyager Networks, Open Range, Saavis, and Aligned Energy. He is currently on the Board of Pax8 and is Chairman of DefensX.

Bruns Grayson

Bruns Grayson has been in venture capital since his start with Adler & Co in New York in 1981. In 1983, he joined Alex. Brown & Sons to lead its venture business and has been Managing Partner of all ABS Ventures partnerships since. His investments have been in data communication, software, and medical devices, and he has been a director on many private and public companies.

 

 

Bruns is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and the University of Virginia School of Law, and was elected a Rhodes Scholar from California in 1974. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and separated as a captain in 1970.

 

 

Besides Pax8, he is on the boards of Everbridge and Ribbon Communications.

Bruce Dines

Bruce Dines co-founded and developed the Corporate Venture Practice for Liberty Global, Inc. He works closely with the Ventures, Operating, and Technology teams in his role.

 

Bruce has also initiated and leads several Innovation initiatives within Liberty Global, including Spark (an internal idea generation engine designed to drive innovation), Matchbox (a curriculum program designed to teach innovative thinking), and the Virgin Media Accelerator powered by Techstars.

 

Over the past 12 years at Liberty, he has sourced and/or led investments in 19 companies, realizing multiple exits and multiple unicorns, and developed and launched a complete corporate innovation platform. He currently serves as a Director in three companies and is a board observer in five additional companies.

 

Bruce serves as a member of the investment committee at 1k1v (1001 Voices), a private equity firm focused on equity and credit fund investments.

 

Bruce enjoys family activities, including tennis, skiing, and fly-fishing (even though the invitations he extends to his teenage kids are more often declined these days!) He also enjoys reading and writing, as well as his non-profit work.

Ed Harper

Ed Harper is an inveterate entrepreneur who started his first business venture at nine years of age, a bicycle repair service he initiated to finance his purchase of the first 3-speed bicycle in his neighborhood. His extensive business leadership experience is diverse, ranging from startups to billion-dollar public companies, primarily those with a technical focus mainly serving small to medium businesses. Ed believes in fulfilling customer needs and providing superior customer support.

 

After serving in the US Navy, Ed received Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University and practiced the art for several years before discovering his love of business leadership. Ed and his wife Becky immensely enjoyed time with their son Scott, whom they lost unexpectedly at the early age of 38 to an aortic aneurysm.

 

Ed and Becky support several causes near and dear to them. High priority is given to UT Health and the John Ritter Foundation, where they help educate doctors on the early detection of aortic aneurysms. Also important are cancer research, Red Cross, and hunger prevention. On a more local level, they support research and efforts for large-scale grass and forest fire prevention and mitigation.

Brian Rich

Brian Rich founded New York-based growth equity firm Catalyst Investors in 1999 and focuses on tech-enabled businesses. Responsible for the general management and investment policy of the firm, he monitors all of its investment opportunities and provides counsel for all portfolio companies. A veteran investor, he has more than 20 years of experience in the business services, technology, and wireless sectors. Brian has served on numerous boards at Catalyst and predecessor funds and served on the board of directors and Executive Committee of the National Venture Capital Association.

 

 

Prior to co-founding Catalyst, Brian founded and managed TD Capital (USA) Inc. (“TD Capital”), the entity that made Toronto Dominion Bank’s US-based equity, mezzanine, and limited partnership investments from 1995 to 1999. Before founding TD Capital, Brian was a Managing Director in the bank’s Media, Telecom & Technology Group. Prior to joining TD in 1990, he held positions at The Bank of New York and Intel Corporation.

 

 

Brian earned a BS in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Scott Stuart

Scott Stuart is a Founding and Managing Partner of Sageview Capital, a growth equity firm with over $2B in assets under management. Sageview partners with industry-defining innovators to build enduring software and tech-enabled businesses. As active partners, Sageview collaborates with entrepreneurs on custom approaches to growth, leveraging its expansive network, decades of experience, and operational expertise in scaling many successful companies. Scott is responsible for all aspects of Sageview’s business and sits on the firm’s Investment and Portfolio Committees.

 

Before founding Sageview, Scott spent 19 years at KKR and was a member of the firm’s investment committee. He has served on over 25 private and public company boards, including Pax8, Specright, Drivewyze, NAM, Reflexis Systems, United Capital, and EverBank. He is currently the Chair of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Board of Trustees and Governing Trustees.

 

In 2021, Scott and his wife Lisa launched the Lisa & Scott Stuart Center for Adolescent & Young Adults Cancers at MSK to revolutionize cancer treatment for individuals ages 15 to 39. Scott is a member of the Board of Trustees at Dartmouth College and the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and an BA in English from Dartmouth.

Robert Belgrave

Chief Executive Officer, EMEA

As CEO at Pax8 EMEA, Robert leads the overall operations and corporate decision-making for the business. Robert was appointed CEO at Pax8 EMEA when Wirehive, a forward-thinking cloud hosting and consultancy company headquartered in the United Kingdom, was acquired by Pax8 in January 2021. As CEO and Founder at Wirehive, Robert had a mission to help businesses transform the way the world operates. He founded the company on values that champion people and focused on servicing the most innovative sectors of the UK’s high-growth digital economy.

A child of the early Internet, Robert started his career in technology as a solution architect, cutting his teeth on the high-profile site launches of Virgin.com, Virgin Galactic, and the BRIT Awards’ first online voting system.

Outside of Pax8, Robert has become a leading figure in the UK digital industry. He serves on the British Interactive Media Association’s (BIMA) Central Council and heads up the Blockchain Think Tank. Alongside this, he co-hosts the Alexa Stop! podcast, which explores how technology is changing our lives and is a co-founder of Ecologi, an organisation with the ambitious goal to offset a carbon footprint the size of a G7.

Cole Knuth

Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA

Responsible for all EMEA revenue activities, Cole drives the international expansion of Pax8, constantly pushing boundaries to open in new markets. Business development has always motivated him, and he took his first role working in field sales for a Texas-based electrical firm. By the age of 25, he had progressed from being a sales rep to taking on full responsibility for Profit and Loss in the West Texas region.


In 2017, while studying for his master’s degree, Cole joined Pax8 as a Cloud Solutions Sales Advisor. On the day of his graduation, after completing his thesis about Pax8, Cole was promoted to Regional Manager. Now, Cole plays a pivotal role in the expansion of Pax8 internationally.


Cole earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management and a Master of Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. He is now on the university’s Letterman’s Association board and has mentored middle school children through the Helping One Student to Succeed programme.


Family is Cole’s paramount focus, and he relishes the time he spends with his twins. He’s a huge sports fan and discovered a passion for rugby when he came to live in England.

Simon Green

Chief Information Officer, EMEA

Simon has built his career around solving ‘how to do tech properly,’ architecting, building, and maintaining hosted infrastructures for a diverse range of clients, including high street eCommerce brands, blue-chip companies, financial trading institutions, and even premiership football clubs.

Entrepreneurial in spirit, Simon started his first business as a teenager—selling and fitting car audio systems—and ran a music community in the early 2000s. Music is still a passion today, and it’s closely linked to tech as it uses the same creative and problem-solving skills. Simon co-founded the UK-based cloud consultancy business, Wirehive, now part of Pax8, with Robert Belgrave and James Rossell in 2010. In his current role, he focuses on the technology used inside a business (hardware and software, infrastructure) that shapes its technical direction.

A proud father and husband, Simon studied computing at Basingstoke College of Technology and is certified by Cisco and VMWare. He has served as a director of the community workshop Reading Makerspace, founded the AltNet UK community, and wrote a book on drones in UK Search and Rescue. He is also learning to fly.

Phylip Morgan

Chief Channel Officer, EMEA

As Chief Channel Officer of Pax8 EMEA, Phylip provides leadership, guidance, and support to successfully extend the company’s key channel and marketing objectives to EMEA markets. He develops, plans, and executes strategic initiatives that drive the company’s channel growth and exposure globally. Through Phylip’s efforts, Pax8 is leading the digital transformation worldwide.

Phylip has spent over 30 years helping various technology companies expand globally and achieve significant success. He has led several companies as Chairman and Director and founded nine of his own, empowering organizations to become operationally efficient and effective through technology. Phylip holds an M.A. in Missional Leadership from Bangor University, is the Pastor and Co-Founder of Calon Church, and sits on the board for several companies and non-profits. He enjoys working with small business owners and spending time with his wife and three daughters

James Rossell

Chief Operating Officer, EMEA

James solves problems and makes things happen. At Pax8 EMEA, he leads operations and supports international growth, incubating business functions by building for scale and operational independence. 

He was the principal consultant behind the ‘modern workplace’ concept, working with leadership teams to help businesses develop a tech strategy and culture that empowers employees and drives growth.

By night, he helps save lives. Through his volunteer work as a leader in Surrey Search and Rescue (SAR), he supports Police and Fire & Rescue services in active operations, from missing persons to flood rescue to developing new search and rescue capabilities.

 

James, a father of two, has a degree in Computer Science from the University of the West of England. He spent his early career manning the university faculty helpdesk before working in rapid application development for BAE Systems. He built cutting-edge system prototypes for the Ministry of Defence. He co-founded the UK-based cloud consultancy firm, Wirehive, now part of Pax8, with Robert Belgrave and Simon Green. He also co-founded their spin-off company, 1310 (thirteen-ten), a venture born from the desire to provide reliable internet connectivity for businesses and consumers.

Chloe Cameron

Chief People Officer, EMEA

Chloe’s role driving the people and culture strategy is underpinned by her personal mission to empower people to do the best work of their lives at Pax8. She is responsible for having the right culture, structures, and systems in place to give the EMEA team the clarity and confidence to use their unique talents to best serve Pax8 partners at scale and with speed.

 

 

Chloe graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first-class honours degree in history, then studied at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, going on to work in channel marketing for Microsoft and Vodafone. She left the corporate world for the lure of the start-up journey when she joined Wirehive in 2013.

 

 

A confessed ‘book nerd,’ Chloe reads fiction and business books every month and believes literature teaches us a great deal about the human condition. A trained mental health first aider, Chloe lives in the beautiful South Downs National Park and enjoys spending time close to nature as an antidote to the fast-paced world of technology. As a female leader in a male-dominated industry, she is proud to hold out her hand to pull other women up.

Eric Mink

Chief Technology Officer, EMEA

As Chief Technology Officer, Eric acts as a lynchpin between the commercial and tech arms of Pax8. He brings technological vision to the organisation by anticipating the platforms, features, and functions that customers will need next and loves introducing the latest IT trends to the office, such as a metaverse platform.

 

Based in The Netherlands, Eric is self-taught and started his first business in his bedroom building motherboards and figuring out how to make things happen. He inspires his team to recreate this entrepreneurial spirit by giving them one afternoon a week to build anything they want, knowing that having this freedom often results in the most creative ideas.

 

Eric has more than 20 years’ experience working in technology for a range of industries, including web hosting and datacentres. He co-founded cloud services distributor, Resello, and when the company became part of Pax8 in 2021 he took on the role of Chief Technology Officer for the group. Technology also drives his interests outside of work and he has a passion for restoring classic cars.

Harald Nuij

Managing Director, Europe

As Managing Director of Europe, Harald Nuij plays a vital role in connecting different internal teams across the Pax8 European ecosystem. His leadership enables teams to execute tasks effectively and without inconvenience. Moreover, Harald ensures that the internal Pax8 culture is inclusive and welcoming for all team members across Europe.

 

Having graduated from the Radboud University in the Netherlands with a degree in International Business Communications, Harald immediately found work in the technology industry, selling printer supplies to IT partners across Europe. Harald first encountered cloud technology in 2014, when he led a large team in their mission to sell hardware and cloud software across the Benelux region. Harald joined Resello in 2018 and played a key role in building the cloud business from a small start-up to an established business operating across 30 European countries.

 

In his spare time, Harald volunteers at the tennis club, where he has been a playing member since 1987. Harald is involved in attracting new sponsors for the club. He liaises between the club board and the professional food and beverage team that exploits the bar and restaurant, supporting them on capacity planning, assortment decisions, and investments.

Chris Sharp

SVP, Asia

Chris is an Australian-born executive with over 25 years of experience working across Asia. He has worked with and for some of the most innovative multi-national companies to build out their sales and marketing organizations across the region and recently helped grow one of Asia’s largest Cloud Distributors.

Chris is currently building the Pax8 Asian business from scratch and looks forward to growing the business to serve two thirds of the world’s population.

A graduate of the University of Southern Queensland and the Australian Institute of Business, Chris has a Master of Business Administration and postgraduate qualifications in Marketing. Together with his wife Michelle, Chris splits his time between Singapore and Australia, where his kids, Nicholas and Adelaide, currently reside.