The Stratus Executive Leadership Team
A Commitment to Ensuring Availability of Business Critical Applications
David C. Laurello
President and Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board
David Laurello rejoined Stratus in January 2000 from Lucent Technologies, where he held the position of Vice President and General Manager of the CNS (Converged Network Solutions) business unit. At Lucent, Dave was responsible for engineering, product and business management and marketing. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Engineering of the Carrier Signaling and Management Business Unit at Ascend Communications. From 1995 to 1998, Dave was Vice President of Hardware Engineering and Product Planning at Stratus. Before Stratus, he held a number of senior engineering management positions at Digital Equipment Corporation. Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Dave is a member of the Stratus Board of Directors. In addition, he serves as a director on the boards of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and the Massachusetts United Way of Tri-County. Dave is also a member of the advisory board of the Manning School of Business, University of Lowell.
Chief Financial Officer
Christina joined Stratus as CFO in 2016 bringing more than 20 years of financial experience in the technology sector with her. Prior to Stratus, Christina was Vice President of Finance and Administration at Airvana where she held a series of finance positions since she joined the company in 2009. She also previously held finance positions at both Sycamore Networks and Vitronics Soltec. Christina has an MBA from Babson College and a BS in Business from Southern New Hampshire University.
Vice President and General Counsel
Bob is Vice President and General Counsel at Stratus and has over 25 years of corporate legal experience with a number of successful companies, ranging from private start-ups to multi-million dollar publicly traded companies. His most recent position prior to joining Stratus was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Tech Target, a $100M publically traded media advertising company. Prior to Tech Target Bob worked for a number of technology companies including Emptoris Inc, a $100M enterprise/SaaS software company, SpeechWorks International which was brought by Nuance in 2003, Picturetel Corporation and FTP Software. Bob also worked previously for Stratus in the roles of Assistant General Counsel and Division Counsel for North America. He has a broad legal background and has played a key role in a number of significant initiatives involving mergers, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, corporate governance and significant contract management.
Vice President, Business Line Management
Jason Andersen is Vice President of Business Line Management and is responsible for setting the product roadmaps and go to market strategies for Stratus Products and Services. Jason has a deep understanding of both on-premise and cloud based infrastructure and has been responsible for the successful market delivery of products and services for almost 20 years.
Prior to joining Stratus in 2013, Jason was Director of Product Line Management at Red Hat. In this role, he was responsible for the go to market strategy, product introductions and launches, as well as product marketing for the JBoss Application Products. Jason also previously held Product Management positions at Red Hat and IBM Software Group.
Eric-Jan (EJ) Schmidt
VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL AND CORPORATE MARKETING
Eric-Jan (EJ) is responsible for Stratus’ global marketing strategy and all worldwide marketing initiatives across programs and demand generation, corporate marketing, digital platforms and communications. EJ has more than 20 years of experience leading global marketing teams for well-known technology companies such as Cambridge Technology Partners/Novell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems and Intralinks.
EJ obtained his bachelor degree at the Amsterdam school of Business, a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam and completed executive education programs at HBS, Wharton and IMD.
Vice President, Engineering
Dara Ambrose joined Stratus in 1997 and held various engineering management positions before being named Vice President of Engineering. Dara is responsible for the leadership of all Stratus product development including managing relationships with key technology and development partners.
Dara originally joined Stratus to lead the company’s firmware development team in Dublin. He was part of the team that developed the first Stratus ftServer product and he led the development teams for multiple subsequent generations of ftServer. Following the acquisition of Marathon Dara also led the team that integrated the Marathon software product with the Stratus software product resulting in the everRun Enterprise product set.
Prior to Stratus Dara developed software development tools for embedded systems at Ashling Microsystems and led the engineering team responsible for SCADA products at DATAC Control International. Dara holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland and a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the ACCA.
Vice President, Sales Operations
Jim Robichaud joined Stratus in 1988 and held various accounting management positions before being named Vice President Worldwide Sales and Operations. Jim is responsible for the leadership of all facets of Sales Operations on a global basis including the planning and executing of sales strategies and processes. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA from Assumption College.
Vice President, Sales and Services, Americas
Rod Kittrell is currently the Vice President of Sales and Services for Stratus where he is responsible for managing the Sales and Service of Stratus products within the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.
Rod Kittrell has over 45 years of technology sales and sales management experience. He has worked with Stratus for over 15 years during which time he has held a number of key leadership roles. Rod has an in-depth knowledge of the always-on processing environment that Straus sells into, as well as the company’s fault tolerant technologies. He has had a successful track record of building, managing and driving direct and channel sales operations and organizations under his leadership have consistently achieved and exceeded their annual revenue goals. Rod has also held leadership positions with a number of other technology companies during his career; including Sun Microsystems, EMC and Cisco Systems. He earned his BBA degree from the University of Georgia.
Vice President, EMEA Sales
Thierry joined Stratus in 2004 as Country Manager for France. His leadership responsibilities were soon extended to include Benelux, Germany and Eastern Europe before becoming the Vice President for EMEA in 2010. He has overall responsibility for managing all aspects of the businesses throughout Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining Stratus, Thierry was the General Manager for the Enterprise Server Business Unit at Unisys France. He is a graduate of the ESLSCA PARIS Business School.
Vice President, AP Sales and Services
Nick Nindra has over 25 years of technology management experience. He has provided leadership excellence as a managing director and vice president for multinational companies including Pacnet, BlueCoat Systems, and Hewlett Packard. His career is marked by high achievement and has delivered over USD $200M in annualized revenue, 13% in annual PBT, and managed teams in excess of 120 employees. His responsibilities have included general management, sales, marketing, manufacturing, global supply chain, legal, finance, and operations. His knowledge of and experience with channels is both broad and deep and include strategic and tactical governance of major account, SMB, retail, distributor, reseller, OEM, and ODM organizations. He has held significant leadership roles in M&A, strategic alliances, and emerging market development. Nick has not only gained strength in leadership, operational excellence and general management but also has become an expert in doing business across all countries in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Japan.
Nick is currently the Vice President of Sales and Services for Stratus Technologies, Asia Pacific.
He has read Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington University and attended management programs at Stanford and Macquarie.
Matsumoto-san is President of Stratus Japan, responsible for leading all areas of the Japan business including strategy, sales, services and support. He has broad knowledge and experience within the technology space which he gained in previous senior leadership roles in Japan. Matsumoto-san was most recently the President and CEO of SYNNEX Infotec Corporation, one of the top 3 IT distributors in Japan. Prior to SYNNEX he held various leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard, including Director of Alliances, Director and General Manager for Enterprise Storage and Servers.
Vice President of Services Delivery and Supply Chain
David Harrington is the Vice President of Services Delivery and Supply Chain for Stratus. He joined in 2009 and provides leadership for all facets of Stratus’ global supply chain and manufacturing operations including procurement, quality management and management of Stratus’ external contract manufacturers. Prior to this role, Dave served for 5 years as the Vice President of Supply Chain Operations & Manufacturing at Egenera Inc. Before assuming that position he served as co-founder and President of Allied Supply Chain Solutions, and held Sr. Management positions at Narad Networks, ACT Manufacturing and Data General. Dave is a graduate of Westfield State College, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
Delfi L. Nieto
Vice President, Human Resources
Delfi L. Nieto joined Stratus in 1997 and held various management positions before being named Vice President of Human Resources in 2008. She is responsible for the development, execution and management of Stratus’ worldwide human resources initiatives. Prior to Stratus, Delfi held senior level positions within Human Resources at NEC Technologies; and before that she was employed with Sentry Insurance Company. Delfi holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Fitchburg State College.
Vice President, Information Technology
Tony is the Vice President of Information Technology at Stratus where he oversees all aspects of global IT, including Telecommunications, Operations, Applications and Service Desk functions in addition to setting the IT strategic direction for the company. Tony has over 20 years of experience in IT across multiple verticals, ranging from startups to public companies. Prior to joining Stratus in 2014, he led Global IT for Acme Packet, which was sold to Oracle in 2013 for $2.1Billion.
Tony earned a degree in Economics from Maynooth University in Ireland and completed his Graduate studies in Computer Science at Athlone Institute of Technology. He is also currently studying for his MBA at Bentley University.