Meet Our Executive Team
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

Nancy Phillips has earned a distinctive reputation within the Technology Industry for being one of its most charismatic, influential and dynamic leaders. Her solid track record of building successful, multimillion dollar businesses from startup to disposition with best-in-class return on investment, distinguishes her as a top leader in the space. 

Nancy began her career in Telecommunications as Vice President of Sales with Teleconferencing Systems of Canada where she built the Business Services sector to the largest in North America. Since then, she has been a partner in numerous startups and acquisitions. In 1999, she co-founded ViaWest and assumed the Chief Executive Officer role in 2012.

Nancy is committed to promoting women and diversity to create a vibrant technology community, not only in Colorado, but globally. She serves on the Board of Directors of several professional associations, most notably, The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT); Colorado Technical Association (CTA) where she served as Chair; and the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST). A native of Toronto Nancy received an Honors Bachelor of Economics Degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 

Peter Strauss

COO

Joining ViaWest in early 2015, Strauss leads the organization’s technology and customer-centric teams, including cloud and data center operations and service delivery. He brings more than 25 years of IT experience across development and operations, as well as infrastructure and applications. He has a proven track record designing, implementing and managing business-critical systems for emerging companies and large enterprises across a variety of industries including financial services, customer care, pharmaceuticals and others.

Prior to ViaWest, Strauss served as COO for Denver-based IP Commerce where he was responsible for customer support, application operations, project management and infrastructure and internal IT. Before that, he held senior operations and technology positions with both Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.

Strauss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Middlebury College, Vermont.

Michael Krza

CFO

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.

Jason Carolan

CTO

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.

Joe Guerriero

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.

Dave Leonard

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 also has a long-time affiliation with the Uptime Institute, the leading educational and standards organization in the data center industry. He was an Uptime Institute Fellow throughout the Fellow Program’s life, has contributed to thought leadership and Uptime Institute white papers, 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.

Anne McCord

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 Sales

Jim leads a team of professionals who ensure businesses adopt innovative and optimal infrastructure and virtualization solutions needed to solve critical business issues. Bringing 25 years of senior leadership experience in technology and telecommunications to the role, Buie is a distinguished and recognized leader in the industry. His track record of partnering with customers to grow and transform their businesses makes him a unique leader in this space.

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 emerging business segments.

Buie holds a bachelor's degree from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado.