Industry Advisory Board
On January 30, 2012 the Company appointed Stephen O’Donnell as a Chairman of the Rackwise, Inc. Industry Advisory Board. In his capacity as Chairman, Mr. O’Donnell will help recruit, assemble and head a distinctive group of industry thought leaders that will provide strategic guidance to the Company.
Stephen O’Donnell is a globally recognized authority on Data Centers, Information Technology Operations an acknowledged expert in green IT and sustainability, with over 30 years international experience working at C-level in large multinational organizations. He was CEO at MEEZA, a Qatar Foundation Joint Venture, Managing Director at analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group, and Global Head of Data Centers at BT. He has held senior positions at First Data Corporation, Cable & Wireless, Lehman Brothers, and Deutsche Bank.
He is globally recognized as an expert in green IT and sustainability having won six industry awards including the British Computer Society “Best use of Green Technology” award in 2007. He is a spokesperson for the IEEE on Cloud and IT Security and regularly speaks at conferences and webcasts on these subjects around the world.
Steve served on the Advisory Board at Fusion-io and is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board at Violin Memory. He is active in IT Security as Chairman of the Board at Preventia Limited in the UK and a Founder at Chalet Tech in Taipei. He actively consults in Smart Grid, Sustainability, Data Centers, Big Data and the IT Security and Services sector.
He is an inventor and holds a number of patents in the data center cooling area. In 1999 one of the companies he led as CEO won a Fast 50 special award from Deloitte & Touche for rapid company growth achieving over 3000% in three years.
Steve Biondi brings to the Advisory Board more than 30 years of senior management experience in the technology industry with a reputation for successfully leading sales and product development teams in multinational organizations. Mr. Biondi was recently appointed and currently serves as President of North America Operations at Micro Focus, a leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing, and management solutions. Prior to joining Micro Focus, Mr. Biondi served as Vice President, OEM Sales for North and South America at VMware, a global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions enabling businesses to optimize information technology (“IT”) resources in the Cloud Era. Previous to VMware, Mr. Biondi held a range of leadership and executive roles in General Business and the Software Group during his career of more than 20 years at Fortune 100 US-based International Business Machines Corporation, including Worldwide Director of Software Sales for Small and Mid-Size Customers.
Mr. Scannell brings to the Advisory Board more than 20 years of senior management experience in the technology sector with a reputation for successfully executing innovative sales, marketing and operational support strategies in multinational enterprises. He is co-founder of GlassHouse Technologies, a leading global provider of data center infrastructure consulting and managed services, and currently serves as the company’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Sales responsible for GlassHouse’s global market strategy and North American Sales. Prior to GlassHouse, Mr. Scannell served as Chief Operating Officer of UpSource, Inc. a start-up company providing outsourced customer relationship management services. Previous to UpSource, Mr. Scannell held a range of leadership and management roles principally within the information technologies business groups during his career of more than 12 years at Fortune 500 US-based Motorola, Inc., including heading the information technology group supporting Motorola business units responsible for a $10 billion market segment.
Mr. Singh brings to the Advisory Board an extensive background and industry reputation as one of the primary enablers advocating greener and more sustainable information technology infrastructure strategies. He is currently Global Head of Energy and Sustainable IT at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. In this role, Mr. Singh is responsible for energy efficiency and sustainability across technology operations, including Data Centers, Servers, Storage, Network and Desktop. In addition, Mr. Singh has performed substantial research of data centers and information technology environments in both Europe and the United States in particular pursuit of advancing energy responsible principles and working across traditional boundaries to achieve holistic efficiency. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Mr. Singh served in a variety of roles, including Head of Data Center Strategy, at UK-based BT (formerly British Telecom), one of the world’s largest communications services companies.