Pete Aquino is president and chief executive officer of Internap Corporation (INAP), and he also serves as a member of the company’s board of directors. He is a 30-year veteran of the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industries, with a track record of successfully guiding major expansion efforts, turnarounds and strategic partnerships and transactions at both public and private companies.
Prior to assuming his role at INAP, Mr. Aquino served as chairman and chief executive officer, and later as executive chairman, of Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc. until 2013. Under his leadership, PTGi grew into an integrated telecommunications company serving consumer and business customers with voice, data, high-capacity fiber and data center services globally, reaching approximately $1 billion in revenue. Prior to this, he was the president and chief executive officer of RCN Corporation from 2004 until 2010 where he built the company into an all-digital HDTV cable multiple system operator and created an advanced fiber-based commercial network through organic and acquisition strategies.
He is the founder of Broad Valley Capital, LLC, where he provides consulting services and capital to improve companies’ business operations, productivity and asset value. In this role, he has led numerous operating and financial teams through reorganizations and M&A opportunities at companies such as Leap Wireless, XO Communications, Allegiance Telecom, Northeast Optical Networks and Lumos Networks. He is also the founder of Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks Inc., a Mid-Atlantic fiber and wireless infrastructure services provider founded in 2014. He began his career at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Mr. Aquino serves on the boards of directors of Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS) and FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP).
Mr. Aquino is a graduate of Montclair State College in New Jersey, and holds an MBA from George Washington.
Bob Dennerlein leads INAP’s financial operations, information technology, investor relations and procurement organizations. He has over 25 years of financial leadership experience that spans over 13 years in the information technology solutions industry.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Dennerlein most recently served as Chief Financial Officer for Dialogic (Communications technology solutions). He presided over returning Dialogic to profitability, and selling the company to Montreal based Novacap in a take private transaction.
Before Dialogic, Mr. Dennerlein was CFO for Raritan (Datacenter technology solutions), where he led the company’s efforts in raising private equity growth capital. His leadership enabled a successful turnaround that expanded Raritan’s portfolio of new products and technologies. Prior to joining Raritan, Mr. Dennerlein served as CFO for Globix (Hosting, Networking, Managed Services Provider), where he successfully closed and integrated two mergers and initiated a successful company turnaround marked by double digit growth in revenue and EBITDA.
Mr. Dennerlein began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. From 1984-2003, Mr. Dennerlein served in progressively senior positions at Bongrain Cheese USA (Director of Business Analysis), International Specialty Products, Inc. (Senior Director, Financial Services), Agere Systems, Inc. (Director of Accounting and External Reporting) and Opnext, Inc. (Vice President and Controller).
Mr. Dennerlein, a Certified Public Accountant, serves on the Board of Directors of Catapult Acquisition Corporation and earned both his Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters of Science in International Business from Seton Hall University.
Richard Diegnan leads INAP’s legal, regulatory and compliance functions. Mr. Diegnan has over 17 years of experience as an attorney representing a diverse group of clients including both private and public companies.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Diegnan was a partner at Diegnan & Brophy, LLC where his practice was concentrated in corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, real estate and commercial dispute resolution. He served as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer to Travel Tripper LLC, a hotel web technology company and served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer to Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks Inc., a fiber and wireless infrastructure services provider. Mr. Diegnan was also a corporate attorney at McCarter & English, LLP and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York City.
Mr. Diegnan holds a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law, an M.B.A from Fairleigh Dickenson University and a B.S. from Providence College. Mr. Diegnan is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Andrew Day leads INAP’s iWeb and cloud services business, including sales, product management, marketing, business development, customer support, technical operations, engineering and program management. He brings to INAP over 25 years of management experience in telecommunications, technology innovation, sales and marketing leadership.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Day held several senior leadership positions in sales and general management for technology companies. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Consumer Channels at Rogers Communications, where he led all consumer product sales across all sales channels.
Previously, Mr. Day was CEO Primus Telecommunications Group Inc. and Primus Canada, where he was responsible for the company’s direction and results. Before joining Primus, he held various roles of increasing responsibility in general management, sales, product management, and finance at AT&T, Gillette and Xerox.
Mr. Day holds an Honours B. Comm. from McMaster University, is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) and is also a Chartered Director (C. Dir.).
Corey Needles leads INAP’s colocation, network and managed services business, including sales, marketing, product engineering, network operations, data center operations, service delivery and customer support. He brings over 20 years of experience in data center operations, operations expansion, enterprise infrastructure optimization and global team leadership to INAP.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Needles held several senior management positions in various technology, data center and network management companies. Most recently, he served as Sr. Vice President of Operations, Engineering and Construction at zColo, a division of Zayo Group. Previously, Mr. Needles served in various management positions at Latysis, where he was responsible for providing overall vision, strategic direction and tactical implementation for enterprise-level hybrid IaaS, cloud-based solutions, and global data center operations.
Mr. Needles holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Colorado State University and an Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia Technology from Platt College.
Pete Bell leads INAP’s worldwide sales organization, including direct, channel partner and e-sales and strategy. In this role, he is responsible for expanding existing business relationships and attracting new customers across all market segments. With more than 25 years of sales leadership experience, Mr. Bell has a versatile and proven record of creating profitable growth and building and energizing global sales teams to deliver Internet infrastructure and communications solutions throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Bell held numerous executive sales and market development roles at some of the world’s leading communications companies. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager, global solutions sales at NTT America, where he led the North American sales organization in securing high-growth enterprise customers for NTT’s cloud, colocation and managed services, achieving nearly 40 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
Before NTT, Mr. Bell served as Global Crossing’s senior vice president of its Global Partner Program, where he led the GPP team in delivering IP and Ethernet-based infrastructure to multinational corporations around the world, increasing the sales pipeline by more than 30 percent. Prior to this, he was vice president of sales at BT Global Services, driving sales of IT and application-based networking solutions throughout the U.S. and Canada, resulting in more than $300 million in new contracts.
Mr. Bell also served as senior vice president of sales at WilTel Communications – which was acquired by Level 3 Communications – where he managed a team of more than 300 for its enterprise and infrastructure sales channels. He began his career in international sales at Cable & Wireless, where he spent more than a decade in sales management and market development roles in the U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong.
Mr. Bell attended the INSEAD School of Business and has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Emerson College.
Mike Higgins is responsible for driving INAP’s top line growth through customer acquisition and retention. Mr. Higgins leads INAP COLO’s sales, solutions engineering and client account teams including overseeing the customer experience from initial solution design through onboarding and post-sales account management. He is a seasoned executive with extensive business development, financial analysis, product management and leadership experience in the data center and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Higgins most recently served as INAP’s senior vice president of marketing and customer service, where he led marketing activities, communications, public relations, branding and strategic planning. Previously, he held the position of senior vice president of business development, where he drove technical customer solutions and customer retention strategies. In addition, Mr. Higgins also served as INAP’s senior vice president of data center services and was responsible for colocation product management and data center design and engineering. In this role, he led the data center expansion strategy which doubled the size of INAP’s data center footprint across the nation. He joined INAP in January 2004 as vice president of financial planning and analysis.
Prior to INAP, Mr. Higgins held numerous leadership roles in business operations, business development and finance over an 18-year career span at MCI, most recently serving as vice president of business operations.
Mr. Higgins holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Bridgeport and a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University.
Richard Ramlall leads INAP’s Investor and Public Relations function. Mr. Ramlall has over 30 years of business development, strategic planning, regulatory, investor relations, and public relations experience in telecom and media. Most recently, he provided through his own firm investor relations, financial and regulatory due diligence and compliance, business development, strategic planning, and public relations consulting to public and private organizations. Mr. Ramlall’s corporate experience includes various roles at Verizon, Bechtel, Spencer Trask Ventures, RCN and Primus.
Mr. Ramlall holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.G.A. (Technology Management) from the University of Maryland.
John Filipowicz leads INAP’s Human Resources function. Mr. Filipowicz has over 20 years of human resources, legal and operations experience in the telecom industry.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Filipowicz was the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated. Also he served as the President of Residential Markets, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel to RCN Corporation.
Mr. Filipowicz holds a J.D. from Western Michigan University and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University.