MEET OUR TEAM
Jeff Monroe is a veteran of the data center industry and has developed some of the largest and most sophisticated data centers in the industry, with a total value exceeding $1.8 billion USD. He was a co-founder of the DuPont Fabros Technology wholesale data center business and served as Managing Director, responsible for developing and implementing the wholesale operational model. Prior to Dupont Fabros, he was Vice President of Real Estate, Design, Construction and Director of Operations for AboveNet Communications, responsible for the deployment of twenty-four class A domestic and international technical facilities and the operations that supported more than five hundred collocation customers.
Tate Cantrell is responsible for setting the technical direction for the company. He oversees the design and construction of all aspects of the facilities at the data center campus. His breadth of responsibility also encompasses the setup and oversight of operational and security strategies. Aside from his internal leadership, he has a broad range of external responsibilities including client relations and industry-related mentoring. Tate draws on 20+ years of experience in the data center industry. His experiences range from system administration for high performance computing environments to design, strategy and operational oversight during his tenure as Vice President of Technology at Dupont Fabros Technology.
Isaac Kato is responsible for the company's finances, business operations, and government relations. Isaac was part of the team at General Catalyst Partners (GCP) and Novator that initially conceived of and formed the venture. Prior to Verne Global, Isaac was a Principal at GCP, a venture capital and private equity firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with over $3 billion USD under management. At GCP, he led the firm's investments in a number of early and growth stage technology companies. Earlier in his career, Isaac worked as an investor at Summit Partners, a global private equity fund, and Shamrock Holdings, Inc., the Roy E. Disney family's private equity firm.
Lisa Rhodes is responsible for all aspects of customer interaction, marketing, and public relations. Over the past twenty years, she has held senior sales and operations roles in several global information and communications companies. She was Vice President of RBOC Sales at Alcatel, Senior Vice President of Sales at IPC, Director of Sales at Sycamore Networks, and Senior Director in IT at Verizon (MCI).
Dominic Ward is responsible for all aspects of corporate development and business development at Verne Global. Prior to joining the company, Dominic co-founded Lepe Partners LLP, an investment and advisory business, focused on technology and digital media companies. Previously, Dominic was Co-Head of Direct Investments at the Wellcome Trust, the largest charitable endowment in Europe, where he was responsible for a substantial global portfolio of private equity investments, including an investment in Verne Global. Dominic began his career at Jones Lang LaSalle and then later joined Jones Lang LaSalle Corporate Finance. Dominic is also a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Steven is responsible for Verne Global’s sales operations. He is an enterprise technology industry veteran with over 28 years experience in trading system, integration and storage companies. Prior to Verne Global, Steven served as VP Europe for TCAM - the financial software company sold to Stratus, VP Europe for New Era of Networks through their IPO and exit to Sybase, CEO of CopperEye the UK database indexing company, VP North Europe for Veritas and then the same for the merged entity under Symantec. Steven also helped found the international operation of CommVault, before and through their IPO, and then grew the operation for six years. Most recently he helped found Pure Storage operations in Europe.
Julie Callagee is responsible for financial planning, accounting and human resources. Experienced in global operations, Julie has worked for 20+ years in private industry and public accounting with a focus on technology, renewable energy, construction and M&A. She was International Controller for MathWorks, CFO for Global Marine Energy Inc., Controller for Lycos, and Controller for a privately held construction company. Julie is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Certification in International Financial Accounting Standards (IFRS).
Birgir Már Ragnarsson graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Iceland in February 1999 and became a member of the Icelandic Bar Association in 2000. In June 2003, he earned a master's degree (LLM) from Harvard Law School where he specialised in International Finance. His previous experience includes positions as Partner at Lex-Nestor Law Offices, CEO of Audkenni, Senior Attorney at the Icelandic Financial Supervisory Authority, and Legal Adviser with the Icelandic Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Mr Ragnarsson is a board member of various companies.
Henry Ancona serves as board member, advisor, and angel investor to technology companies. He has served on the Board of Directors of both private and public companies, helping several to successful M&A transactions. He currently serves as Board Chairman at Signiant, and Board member at BlueConic and Verne Global. With a focus on strategic business development and leadership, Henry serves as Executive Advisor to technology companies and CEOs. These include companies in software, on-line media, consumer internet, cyber security, and other businesses. A venture partner and past Board member of Converge Venture Partners, Henry is an active investor with a portfolio in sectors including software-enabled businesses, software, and applications.Henry has over 30 years of operational experience in both Europe and North America. He was President of Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) and Chairman/CEO of Evidian and has led several start-ups to billion dollar businesses. Henry holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and BS and MS degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Niklas Savander is an active portfolio company chairman and adviser to Private Equity and Venture Capital funds. In addition to Verne Global, Mr Savander currently is Chairman of Nebula and Cint AB, a senior advisor to Permira in their global technology and nordic funds and an adviser to WiderFi Networks. In addition, Mr Savander is Chairman and Board Member to several non-profit organizations in his native Finland. Mr Savander has a long career in applying technology in multiple different industries. He has served as President and CEO of Elekta, a publicly listed Swedish cancer care equipment and software company. Before that he spent 16 years in senior management roles in Nokia, in their networks, handset and digital services businesses, progressing to the role of COO of the company. Mr Savander also has experience from numerous non-exective roles in companies like NokiaSiemens Networks, Symbian, Tamfelt and others. Mr Savander holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in International Marketing.
Trausti Jónsson works in the alternative investment division of Stefnir hf. where he is one of the fund managers of Stefnir‘s private equity funds. Mr Jónsson came to Stefnir from the corporate finance department of Arion Bank, one of the three largest banks in Iceland. His previous experience includes positions in institutional asset management, fixed income funds, and structured products for Kaupthing Bank Asset Management Company. Mr Jónsson also worked at the University of Iceland as a lecturer in courses on portfolio management, derivatives, and fixed income securities. Additionally, he taught a course on derivatives at Bifrost University, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Iceland.