Eric Cooney is President and Chief Executive Officer of Internap Network Services Corp. (NASDAQ: INAP). Mr. Cooney has a track record of successfully leading technology companies and delivering shareholder value through a focus on long-term profitable growth. He also serves as a member on the Internap Board of Directors.
Mr. Cooney joined the digital video business of NDS, Inc. (a News Corporation company) in April 1997, which was acquired by TANDBERG Television in October 1999. He held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including VP/GM Americas and Chief Operating Officer, before assuming his role as President and CEO of TANDBERG Television in June 2003.
Under his leadership as CEO, TANDBERG Television successfully delivered shareholder value as the company increased in market value from approximately $100 million to more than $1.4 billion when TANDBERG Television was acquired by the Ericsson Group in 2007. This shareholder value was delivered through a combination of organic growth and successful strategic acquisitions.
Mr. Cooney continued to oversee the global operations of TANDBERG Television, which was expanded to create the Television business unit within the Ericsson Group, until leaving to become the Internap President/CEO in March 2009.
Prior to his career in the digital video industry, Mr. Cooney spent several years working in systems engineering and sales in the computer process control industry and also spent five years as a U.S. Naval officer. He received post graduate education in Nuclear Engineering from the U.S. Navy, an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. from the University of Rochester.
Kevin Dotts leads the company’s financial operations, information technology, investor relations and facilities organizations. He has 25 years of financial leadership experience spanning a range of industries including telecommunications and Internet services, energy, and broadcast and cable media.
Prior to joining Internap, Mr. Dotts served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Culligan International Company, where he led the company’s successful restructuring. Before Culligan, Mr. Dotts was Chief Financial Officer at EarthLink (NASDAQ: ELNK), overseeing all financial operations and investor relations, corporate development, facilities, corporate sourcing and the company’s data warehousing organization. Additionally, he led a very successful debt raising in 2006 to support key growth initiatives, including the acquisition of New Edge Networks, and led a successful corporate restructuring in 2007 that allowed EarthLink to deliver over $300M of free cash flow in 2008.
Mr. Dotts began his career at General Electric, where he spent 15 years in progressively senior positions. After successfully completing GE’s Financial Management Program, Mr. Dotts held leadership positions at GE Corporate Audit, GE Plastics Europe (Financial Planning and Analysis Manager), GE Plastics Americas (Finance Manager), NBC Corporate (Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis), and GE Energy Parts (Chief Financial Officer).
Mr. Dotts is an Advisory Board member of the Atlanta CFO Roundtable and Emerge Scholarships and received his B.S. in Finance and Computer Information Systems from Drexel University.
Pete Bell leads Internap’s worldwide sales organization including sales operations, channels and strategy. In this role, he is responsible for expanding existing business relationships and attracting new clients 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 Internap, 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 their 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.
Mr. Higgins leads the Product Management, Business Development and Data Center Services Design and Site Selection functions for Internap’s Data Center Services business. He brings to Internap a deep knowledge and 20+ years of extensive financial, product planning and leadership experience in the telecommunications industry.
Mike Higgins came to Internap in January 2004 as Internap’s Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis. At Internap, he has also served as a board member for the Company’s joint venture with NTT of Japan. In late 2006, Mr. Higgins assumed the responsibility for growing and expanding Internap’s Colocation product offering.
Prior to Internap, Mr. Higgins held numerous leadership roles in Finance, Business Operations and Business Development over an 18-year career span while at MCI. His most recent role at MCI was Vice President of Business Operations. In this role he directed the Sales planning efforts for each of the business market segments. This included product planning, customer acquisition efforts, product line profitability and product integration efforts.
Mr. Higgins holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Bridgeport and a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University.
Mandira Mehra leads the Company’s Marketing activities. She has extensive experience in marketing communications, public relations, branding, product marketing and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Internap, Ms. Mehra held several marketing leadership roles in the technology sector. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Marketing Communications, Solution Area TV at Ericsson, where she managed the global marketing program for the company’s television business unit. Ms. Mehra joined Ericsson through its acquisition of TANDBERG Television. During her tenure at TANDBERG Television, she led all marketing activities and oversaw a successful global brand migration.
Previously, Ms. Mehra was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for GoldPocket Interactive, a digital media technology start-up acquired by TANDBERG Television in 2005. In this capacity, she led the company’s corporate and product marketing and strategic planning. Ms. Mehra also worked as a management consultant at Monitor Company advising senior executives at Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies.
Ms. Mehra holds a Masters degree from Harvard University and a B.A. from Williams College.
Mr. Meyer leads Internap’s Human Resources function. He has more than 35 years of global Human Resources experience in the areas of staffing and talent management, organization and leadership development, employee relations, compensation and benefits and Human Resources Information Systems. Mr. Meyer brings to Internap a proven track record for driving corporate culture change and organizational growth.
Prior to joining Internap in 2008, Mr. Meyer served as Vice President of Workforce Planning and Management at Orange Business Services, a communications services and solutions business, where he managed global workforce planning, forecasting and resourcing, and HR systems and reporting.
Previously, Mr. Meyer held HR leadership positions with several technology companies including Equant, Hayes Microcomputer Products and GENICOM Corporation, a spinoff of GE’s printer business. He began his career progressing through various Employee Relations and Human Resource Management assignments with General Electric over a 10 year-period.
Mr. Meyer holds a BA from the University of Georgia and served as an officer in the United States Air Force.
Steve Orchard leads Internap’s Data Center and Network Services businesses, including the product management, business development, R&D, operations and customer support functions for the company’s colocation, IP services and content delivery network offerings.
Mr. Orchard has more than 17 years of experience in technology, systems and network design, data center operations and customer support. Since arriving at Internap in 1999, he has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility, including Director of Network Operations, Vice President of Operations, and Senior Vice President, Development and Operations. Under Mr. Orchard’s leadership, Internap’s operations and support organizations have delivered industry leading uptime and customer support while expanding our service offering and global footprint.
Prior to Internap, Mr. Orchard held several technical positions with companies including Oasis Systems and Codesic, Inc. Mr. Orchard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Christian Primeau leads Internap’s Cloud and Hosting business, including the product management, business development, R&D, operations and customer support functions. Mr. Primeau joined Internap through its acquisition of iWeb in November 2013, where he was President and Chief Operating Officer. He has twenty years of experience managing technology, operations and sales functions in the information technology and telecommunications industries.
Previously, Mr. Primeau spent five years at Bell Canada, where he held the positions of Vice President of Sales for Quebec and Vice President Client Delivery Services, Bell Business Markets. As a member of the executive team, he was also involved in merger and acquisition activities, strategic direction and governance of the business. Mr. Primeau joined Bell in December 2006 as General Manager Infrastructure Services.
Prior to joining Bell, Mr. Primeau spent thirteen years at Sun Microsystems, where he held a number of management positions in sales, business development and engineering, including Vice President of Partners and Alliances, Sales Director and Business Development Manager for ERP and E-Commerce activities. Before his career at Sun, he worked as an IT consultant focused on the manufacturing, aerospace and telecommunications markets.
Mr. Primeau holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems from McGill University. He currently sits on the board of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation as well as the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montreal.
Ms. Rivard brings more than 15 years of legal experience in both corporate and private practice to lead the Company’s Legal function. An expert in corporate governance and public securities law, Ms. Rivard helps to guide the development of policies and procedures to ensure the integrity of Internap’s business practices. She also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and employment law. Since joining Internap in 2008, Ms. Rivard has assumed increasing responsibility, serving first as Senior Corporate Counsel and most recently as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary.
Prior to joining Internap, Ms. Rivard was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Vyyo Inc. In that role, she was responsible for all legal support of the company, including public securities law, corporate governance, commercial contracts and strategic transactions, including several debt financings and a going private transaction. Earlier in her career, she was an attorney at Adaptec, Inc., and in private practice represented public and private clients in corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Rivard holds a B.S. from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law. Ms. Rivard is licensed to practice law in Georgia, California and Michigan.