Verio's leadership team brings decades of global experience and a history of success. Combining business acumen with technical expertise, these executives guide the company in creating innovative and market leading solutions specifically designed for the SMB.
Hideyuki Yamasawa — President and Chief Executive Officer
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yamasawa brings over 20 years of global business management and telecommunications experience to Verio where he leads the strategic direction and growth of the company.
Mr. Yamasawa came to Verio from NTT Communications Corporation (NTTCom) where he holds a long tenure with the company and was one of the founding members helping to establish the organization in 1999. As a key founding Executive, he was largely responsible for establishing the strategic direction and vision of the company, much of which continues to be the infrastructure for which they operate today.
Mr. Yamasawa also held the position of Head of the General Affairs department for NTT Com where he was responsible for multiple facets of the business. In this role, he led the company's overall strategic planning and operations and established the corporate strategy for ensuring efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of all corporate initiatives. Under his leadership, these efforts led to revitalized operational processes and efficiencies for NTTCom and its subsidiaries.
Prior to his appointment as Head of the General Affairs department, Mr. Yamasawa served as the Deputy Managing Director of NTT Europe where he was responsible for the overall business operations of the company. Under his leadership, he established NTT Com's presence within the European marketplace and led the company to significant growth and development with continued success today.
As an employee of NTT for over twenty years, he has also held roles in: Business Planning and Development, Public Affairs, Sales and Corporate Services. Mr. Yamasawa's contributions have resulted in establishing new business growth for NTTCom and have helped position the company as a world-wide industry leader.
Mr. Yamasawa holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Keio Gijyuku University.
Fred Martin — Senior Vice President, Product, Engineering and Operations
As Senior Vice President of Operations, IT and Customer Service, Fred Martin brings 30 years of experience to Verio in Technical Operations, Networking, IT and Customer Service. In this role, Fred and his team manage all aspects of Technical Engineering and Operations which includes: Networking, IT, Systems Engineering and Administration, Technical Support, Database Engineering, Cloud and Virtualization Technologies, ITIL Processes and Change, Knowledge and Problem Management.
Fred came to Verio in July 2003 as the Senior Director of Operations where he lead the System Administration and Operational Support teams. He has been responsible for solving and leading global operations and datacenter initiatives since his arrival.
Prior to Verio, Fred spent 13 years at Office Depot, where he was involved in all aspectsof IT and led the team through many phases of their growth from startup to Fortune 500. His team partnered with the Development organization to launch officedepot.com and 13 other web portals worldwide. He also spent 7 years in other retail companies in both store management and technical management roles.
Fred holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego in Economics.
Rob Howard — Vice President, Global Sales
As Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Rob Howard brings over 30 years of Sales and Marketing leadership in the Telecommunications industry to Verio. In this role, he leads all of the company's sales channels including Direct, OEM and Channel Partner as well as Business Development and Marketing efforts globally.
Howard holds a long tenure with the company having served as a founding member of Verio as well as the Director of European Business Development. He is a subject matter expert on webhosting solutions for the small business having spent the last thirteen years developing relationships with multi-national telecommunications companies to deliver private-label solutions for resell to their small business clients. This includes SaaS, PaaS, Cloud Computing, Virtualization technologies and more, all designed exclusively for the SMB. Prior to his current role, Howard served as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Account Management at Hostopia where he led the company's sales efforts to deliver private-label small business internet solutions to Hostopia's telco, cable and technology clients worldwide. Prior to his time at Hostopia, he was President of Navigator Communications which developed PBX and Voicemail solutions for the hospitality industry and was later sold to TIE Communications. Howard has spent time at some of the world's premier companies including: GE, Ameritech and WilTel Communications.
Howard holds a Bachelor of Science from American University's School of International Service (SIS).
Tomoyuki Sakae — Vice President, Corporate Services
As Vice President of Corporate Services, Tomoyuki Sakae brings more than 15 years of Global Business experience to Verio in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Sakae came to Verio from NTT Communications Corporation (NTTCom) where he holds a long tenure with the company and served as a founding member of the team responsible for facilitating the acquisition of Verio in 2000. In his role as Vice President of Corporate Services, Sakae leads the Corporate Finance, Accounting Operations, Legal, Human Resources and Facilities teams on behalf of the company. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the Director of Corporate Finance for Verio since 2009.
Prior to joining Verio, Sakae served as the Chief of the Profit and Planning Department for NTT Communications. In this role, he was responsible for establishing the financial objectives as well as budgetary expenditures for both NTTCom and its subsidiaries. He also managed merger and acquisition activities, corporate business initiatives and overall fiduciary duties for the company.
Sakae holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Economics from The University of Tokyo.
William Gunther — Vice President, Systems Development and Architecture
As Vice President, Systems Development and Architecture, William Gunther brings over 26 years of systems architecture and development to Verio where he is responsible for the technical direction of the company’s platforms and products.
Prior to Verio, William has developed enterprise systems running world-wide for companies such as Coopers & Lybrand, Maersk, AT&T and CIBER. He has held enterprise architecture and senior development/technology roles for most of his career. He has appeared in technology publications including Unix World and has been the key resource behind multiple Operational Support Systems for Fortune 500 companies, receiving multiple corporate awards for successfully designing and implementing complex, distributed systems world-wide.
William came to Verio in November 2010 as a Director where he focused on next generation systems and platforms. His responsibilities have included systems requirements, design, development and implementation since his arrival.
William holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Rutgers University.
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