Pete Aquino is president and chief executive officer of Internap Corporation, 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 Internap, 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.
Kevin Dotts leads Internap’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 successful debt raising in 2006 to support key growth initiatives, including the acquisition of New Edge Networks, as well as a successful corporate restructuring in 2007 that allowed EarthLink to deliver over $300 million in 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 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 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 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.
Satish Hemachandran leads Internap’s cloud and hosting services business, including product management and marketing, business development, customer support, technical operations, engineering and program management. He brings to Internap nearly 15 years of experience in technology innovation and product leadership across cloud, managed services and enterprise software.
Prior to joining Internap, Mr. Hemachandran held several leadership positions in product management and software engineering for technology companies. Most recently, he served as the senior director of product management at Cbeyond, where he managed the company’s cloud and network services portfolio.
Previously, Mr. Hemachandran was director of product management at SunGard Availability Services, where he was responsible for strategy and product development of SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud. Before joining SunGard, he held various roles of increasing responsibility in product management and engineering of software infrastructure at Sun Microsystems and Netscape.
Mr. Hemachandran holds an MBA from Emory University along with graduate and undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering.
Mike Higgins is responsible for driving Internap’s top line growth through corporate marketing and customer acquisition and retention, with an emphasis on strategic accounts. Mr. Higgins leads Internap’s marketing activities, communications, public relations, branding and strategic planning. In addition, with direct responsibility for Internap’s sales engineering, sales operations and client account teams, Mr. Higgins oversees 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 Internap’s senior vice president of business development where he drove technical customer solutions and customer retention strategies. Previously, he served as Internap’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 Internap’s data center footprint across the nation. He joined Internap in January 2004 as vice president of financial planning and analysis.
Prior to Internap, 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.
Steve Orchard leads Internap’s data center and network services businesses, including the product management and marketing, business development, customer support and technical operations and development for the company’s colocation, IP services and content delivery network offerings.
Mr. Orchard has nearly 20 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 of 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 B.S. from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Tashia Rivard brings more than 20 years of legal experience in both corporate and private practice to lead Internap’s legal and human resources functions globally. An expert in corporate governance and securities law, Ms. Rivard partners with senior leadership to drive corporate strategy and helps guide the development of policies and procedures to ensure the integrity of Internap’s business practices. Ms. Rivard’s responsibilities also include transactional, employment, commercial contracts, compliance and litigation management. Since joining Internap in 2008, Ms. Rivard has assumed increasing responsibility, serving most recently as senior vice president of legal services. In 2015, Ms. Rivard became responsible for the human resources function, including staffing and recruiting, employee relations and compensation and benefits.
Prior to joining Internap, Ms. Rivard was general counsel and corporate secretary for Vyyo Inc. Earlier in her career, Ms. Rivard represented public and private clients in corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Rivard holds a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and a B.S. from Michigan State University. Ms. Rivard is licensed to practice law in Georgia, California and Michigan.
Kurt Daniel leads Ubersmith, an Internap company, where he oversees engineering, sales, marketing, product management, support and operations. Ubersmith is a leader in billing, monitoring, inventory, automation and support software for the cloud, SaaS, hosting, colocation and beyond.
Mr. Daniel has successfully helped lead multiple fast-growing global software and cloud companies. Most recently, he served on the senior management team for MongoDB, where he led the company’s cloud monitoring and backup business while also overseeing corporate strategy, marketing and business development. Mr. Daniel and his organization helped establish MongoDB as the leading NoSQL database with 8 million downloads and $231 million in funding.
Prior to MongoDB, Mr. Daniel served as the chief operating officer for Worklight, a mobile software company, which was acquired by IBM and is now a key part of its $25 billion software division. Before Worklight, Mr. Daniel served as senior vice president of virtualization company Parallels, where he helped successfully increase revenue from $3 million to $100 million and reach 1.5 million customers. Earlier, Mr. Daniel was a lead product manager at Microsoft in the SQL server group, during which time revenues increased from $800 million to $1.5 billion. He began his career as a consultant at A.T. Kearney, which was acquired by EDS.
Mr. Daniel holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.