EXECUTIVE TEAM

An Experienced Leadership Team

Keith Olsen

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Keith’s vision, planning, and management, drive the company’s accelerated growth. He brings to vXchnge a wealth of management and practical leadership experiences that span more than thirty years in the application-based communication services arena.

Prior to joining vXchnge, Keith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Switch & Data. Under his leadership, the company reported consecutive quarterly growth in revenue and EBITDA for over six years.

Prior to joining Switch & Data, Keith served as Vice President, Global Channel Management at AT&T, where he developed new markets, offers, and sales channels that contributed to the business becoming the market leader in IP services. His global alliances were responsible for ten consecutive years of significant revenue growth, outpacing the industry’s growth each year.

Tom Banta

Senior Vice President Product Management & Development

Tom is responsible for the company’s product strategy and development. Tom brings over 30 years of technology experience and software development to vXchnge.

Tom joins us from BMC Software. During his tenure, Tom held roles such as Vice President of Global Operations and Vice President of Development. Tom’s efforts led to several successful product releases to which contributed to significant product growth and customer acquisition.

Prior to BMC, Tom spent several years in executive roles at ClickSafety, an e-learning company, Harbinger Corporation, an electronic commerce company, and JD Edwards, an international enterprise software provider. Tom holds an M.B.A. from Emory University and a B.S. in Accounting from Kansas State University.

Charles Browning

Senior Vice President of Operations

Charlie is responsible for operations and site management.

Prior to joining vXchnge, Charlie was Senior Vice President of Operations at Switch & Data where he was responsible for operations and site management for Switch and Data’s colocation and PAIX data centers located throughout North America. Switch & Data’s customers consistently recognized site management and operations teams for their unparalleled support and expertise. Charlie contributes his extensive knowledge in business planning, sales management, and network management and surveillance in the telecommunications and information service industry.

Prior to joining Switch & Data, Charlie held executive telecom operations positions with companies including UNISYS, NYNEX, and TCSI Corporation.

Ali Marashi

Senior Vice President of Engineering, Chief Technology Officer

Ali is responsible for all engineering, construction, network, and information technology functions for the company. Ali brings over 20 years of experience in the development and support of engineering and IT systems.

Prior to joining vXchnge, Ali served as Vice President of IBX Ops Engineering for Equinix. There he led the design of data center architecture and all critical infrastructure and control systems for North America.

Prior to joining Equinix, Ali served as the Chief Information Officer for Switch & Data where he directed all engineering and IT organizations. Prior to Switch & Data, Ali served as the Chief Technology Officer for Internap. There he helped define the corporate vision and lead the technology engineering and product strategy for the company.

A.J. Matel

Senior Vice President of Sales

A.J. is responsible for sales into vXchnge’s worId class data centers. He possess significant experience in building and rebuilding winning sales and support organizations to achieve the corporation’s financial and growth targets.

He brings 29 years of industry experience with the past 15 years at Centurylink/Savvis where he managed of group of colocation sales specialists whose function was to close all large and strategic deals globally. He was able to provide effective deal coaching and guidance to properly position new sales and renewal opportunities all around the Hybrid IT message. During his initial 6 years at Savvis, he was the Western Regional Vice President of Sales for Global Accounts.

Prior to Centurylink/Savvis, he was a Regional Sales Director for Broadwing Communications, Qwest and Frontier Communications. With each company, he changed the focus away from selling traditional voice Long Distance, to products that included colocation and data services. He also spent 6 successful years at Sprint Corporation, managing multiple Sales personnel and support staff in a 26 state territory.

He graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu California with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1986.

George Pollock, Jr.

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

George is responsible for all finance and human resources functions. George brings more than 24 years of finance experience to the company.

Prior to joining vXchnge, George served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer at Switch & Data. While at Switch and Data, George was responsible for 6 acquisitions, all accretive, and the initial public offering in 2007.

Prior to joining, Switch & Data, George served as Chief Financial Officer of the Merchant Banking Division of Communications Equity Associates, Inc. (CEA), an international investment and merchant bank specializing in the media, communications, and Internet industries. George was responsible for the financial and administrative functions for CEA’s $600 million portfolio of private equity funds.

Ernest Sampera

Chief Marketing Officer

Ernie is responsible for sales, product management, marketing communications, corporate communications and business development.

Ernie brings over 25 years of marketing, sales, distribution channels, program management, strategic alliances/business development, and financial management experience to the company.

Prior to joining vXchnge, Ernie was Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Switch & Data where he was responsible for product management, marketing communications, corporate communications and business development.

Prior to joining Switch & Data, Ernie served as Vice President of Channel Marketing for AT&T Business Services, where he focused on centralizing and transforming all facets of AT&T’s Sales Channel Marketing business unit.

Prior to AT&T, Ernie held executive marketing and development positions with IBM, UNISYS, and the American Medical Association, where he designed, developed and deployed an open network infrastructure that positioned the AMA as a key participant in the on-line information industry.

Core Values

Our management team embarked on a very big mission a few years ago to “reinvent colocation from the ground up.” Their vision was to build a new company, driven by our core values, and attract similar value-driven team members who share our passion for the highest level of customer care and performance.  Today we believe we are well on our way to building this company!

Trust and reliability — we are dedicated to listening and responding to our customers’ diverse business and infrastructure needs. Trust is our foremost attribute, affording you the ability to extend your brand with confidence.

High performance — we adopted the Bell Systems Practices (BSP’s) by implementing training and documenting technical procedures for reliability and continuous operations, all delivered by BSP-trained technicians. As our customer, you can expect high levels of uptime, enabling your company to deliver your services with a competitive, reliable edge.

High impact — many legacy colocation companies operate data centers that are designed for low-power density deployments. These designs are becoming obsolete, unable to support the new high-power density technologies.

According to an IDC Data Center Infrastructure Management Survey, 84% of data centers have issues with power, space, cooling, and uptime that negatively impacted business operations.  In stark contrast, our vXchnge data centers are designed for high performance with 100%+ uptime — guaranteed, so you can focus on innovating your business services with peace of mind.