ViaWest’s senior management group is composed of a core team of technology experts with the track record and business credentials to drive a successful client-centric operation.
- Nancy Phillips - President & CEO
- Bob Newman - Chief Operating Officer
- Michael Krza - Chief Financial Officer
- Jason Carolan - Chief Technology Officer
- Christopher Rajiah - Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
- Joe Guerriero - Senior Vice President & General Counsel
- Dave Leonard - Senior Vice President of Data Center Operations
- Anne McCord - Vice President of Human Resources
- James D. Buie - Senior Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis
President & CEO
As co-founder and CEO, Nancy Phillips has a vested interest in maintaining ViaWest’s market leadership position by deploying high-performing operational teams that deliver exceptional results for customers. Her commitment to service delivery and operational excellence sets the standard at ViaWest. Phillips possesses more than 25 years of management experience in technology.
Prior to ViaWest, Phillips was the Vice President of Operations for RMI.net, where she was integral to the company’s regional leadership position and growth. Prior to helping RMI.net back to profitability, Phillips consulted for numerous successful telecommunications companies, including France Telecom, MCI and Qwest. She began her career with Teleconferencing Systems Canada as Vice President of Sales and Operations.
In addition to being recognized by ViaWest for her outstanding contributions, Phillips has won recognition for excellence throughout the industry, receiving:
- Colorado Technology Association’s “Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement Award”
- Denver Business Journal’s "Outstanding Woman in Business" in the high-tech category
- Denver Business Journal’s "Outstanding Women in Business Jean Yancey Award”
- Recognition by the Denver Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Currently, Phillips holds board positions for the Colorado Technology Association, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Startup Colorado. In these roles, Nancy develops and promotes initiatives to develop a vibrant technology community.
Phillips holds an Honors Bachelor of Economics from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Chief Operating Officer
With a wealth of experience in high-level operations management and team development, Newman leads ViaWest’s service management and support group, spearheading ViaWest’s operations and its customer-centric focus on service excellence. Newman joined ViaWest’s senior management group in the summer of 2010 as Senior Vice President of Service Delivery and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in late 2012.
Prior to ViaWest, Newman worked at the LDS Church in Salt Lake City, where he directed the global operations and infrastructure services group and oversaw product management, communications, infrastructure engineering, operations, and service support functions. In addition to the Church, Newman also served as senior vice president at Infocrossing, Inc. where he, among many other achievements, created a “One Company – One Team” vision to integrate four business units into a single IT outsourcing business, and successfully demonstrated his ability to lead the organization to deliver excellent customer service while maintaining a focus on revenue growth and margin improvement. Before Infocrossing, he was the senior vice president of service delivery at (i)Structure–a wholly owned subsidiary of Level(3) Communications. He joined (i)Structure after serving as vice president of information technology operations at Corporate Express.
Newman holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Science from the University of Florida.
Michael Krza has been part of the ViaWest management team since 1999 with oversight of ViaWest’s finance, accounting and purchasing functions. During his tenure, Krza has guided ViaWest through several rounds of equity and debt financing and numerous acquisitions.
Prior to joining the company, Krza was an audit manager with Arthur Andersen, LLP in the firm's Denver branch. Currently, Krza serves on the Board of Advocates for Children (a CASA organization) and is a past Board Chairman.
Krza received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and is certified as a public accountant in the State of Colorado.
Carolan joined ViaWest in 2011 as Vice President Product Development before being promoted to the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Carolan is responsible for the strategic direction of all ViaWest products and technology initiatives.
Prior to ViaWest, Carolan had nearly 20 years of experience in leadership positions in both small startup companies and large Fortune 100 enterprises, focused on product architecture, product management and technical sales. His previous roles include over 10 years at Sun Microsystems, where he was a Distinguished Engineer in network and systems architecture, focused on cloud computing and data center architectures, and Director of Cloud Services Engineering at VMware.
Carolan was the lead author of one of the first books highlighting the combined use of virtualization and automation. He also has several patents in networking, data center resource management, virtualization, and security.
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
As the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Rajiah drives ViaWest’s direct sales and channel efforts. He also leads the company’s marketing organization, driving messaging, branding and go-to-market strategies for the full product and services portfolio.
Prior to ViaWest, Rajiah served as Vice President of Worldwide Partner Sales for Rackspace Hosting. At Rackspace, Rajiah was responsible for the company’s global partner program where he led the company’s go-to-market channel strategy and oversaw the channel sales and marketing organization. Under his leadership, Rackspace’s global partner program evolved from a one-size-fits-all to a Partner Network that allowed Rackspace to better respond to the changing needs of its growing global partner base. He was also instrumental in building a direct sales cloud unit targeting specific communities such as digital agencies, e-commerce providers and content management system providers, that drove sales and channel engagement to multi-year highs. Prior to Rackspace, Rajiah was responsible for North American channels and worldwide strategic alliances at Extreme Networks, driving direct sales and strategic channel partnerships in more than 30 countries globally. His past experience also includes work in 3COM’s global strategic named accounts group.
Rajiah received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Georgia College and State University.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Joe oversees all legal affairs for ViaWest and plays an integral role in the ViaWest management team. Guerriero joined the ViaWest team in 2010, after assisting in the acquisition of the company by Oak Hill Capital Partners.
Prior to joining ViaWest, Guerriero worked for Hogan Lovells, LLP where he specialized in corporate transactional matters, and before that he was with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (New Jersey branch) and Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, LLP.
Guerriero received his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University.
Chief Data Center Officer
As Chief Data Center Officer, Dave Leonard directs the design and construction of new data centers and data center expansions, as well as defining the standards and practices for operation of ViaWest’s data centers. He is also responsible for strategy and positioning of the data center colocation product lines.
Prior to ViaWest, Leonard founded Critical Infrastructure Consulting LLC., and was the Chief Technology Officer of Infocrossing for nine years. He was also the Chief Technology Officer for (i)Structure, a division of Level(3) Communications which Infocrossing later acquired. Prior to that, Leonard was Chief Technology Officer of Corporate Express, Inc. based in Broomfield, Colorado.
Leonard is also a Fellow at the Uptime Institute, the leading educational and standards organization in the data center industry, and is a judge for their annual Green IT awards in the Data Center Design category. Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Texas Christian University.
Vice President of Human Resources
With more than 15 years of experience in human resources and senior leadership positions, McCord ensures that ViaWest’s human resources programs and practices support the organization’s strategy and growth objectives. She is responsible for employee recruitment, performance management, acquisition integration and implementing HR tools that will maximize organizational effectiveness.
Prior to joining ViaWest in 2007, McCord held senior HR leadership positions with Bonfils Blood Center where she designed human resources systems and employee engagement programs. As senior vice president at Bonfils, she also served as a board member and managing director for HemoNet, a subsidiary application service provider supporting mission critical applications for blood centers nationwide.
McCord holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and also holds certification as a senior professional in human resources (SPHR).
James D. Buie
Senior Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis
With 20 years of experience in financial and operational senior leadership positions, Buie is responsible for establishing the ViaWest financial plan to achieve company objectives. He has oversight of the organization’s forecasting, budgeting, capital management, purchasing activities and leads implementation of tools and processes to optimize management business decisions.
Prior to joining ViaWest in 2012, Buie held senior leadership positions in the telecommunications industry with Tele-Communications, Inc., AT&T Broadband, and Comcast specializing in the growth of new products and new business segments.
Buie holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.