The team who have been driving StackPath as one of the key players in the cloud and security technology industry.
Lance Crosby’s vision to radically change cloud technology has manifested in a multi-product platform that is now leading businesses to a secure and scalable internet. He founded StackPath in 2015 and serves as StackPath’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.
Prior to founding StackPath, in 2005, Lance founded SoftLayer Technologies and served as SoftLayer’s CEO and Chairman growing it into a $400 million business with more than 700 employees and 20,000 customers around the world. He also served as General Manager of Cloud Innovation at IBM after SoftLayer was acquired by IBM in 2013.
In 2018, Lance was awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year in Technology for the Southwest Region.
Lance holds an Honorary Doctorate, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Finance, and a Bachelor’s in Finance and Management from Tarleton State University—a part of the Texas A&M University system.
Lance also holds a Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas where he is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.
Steven Canale is a 20-year veteran in customer-focused sales. Prior to joining StackPath, Steven served as the Vice President of Sales at both SoftLayer and IBM where he built a global sales force from zero to $400 million. His ability to bring market focus and leading-edge sales technology has helped him build successful sales teams.
Before SoftLayer, Steven was the director of sales at The Planet where he led a sales team to 18 consecutive months of sales records, growing sales from $10 million to more than $45 million.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, as well as a minor in marketing from Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sherri Russell brings 20 years of progressive financial experience guiding operational excellence within network and infrastructure services companies. Prior to joining StackPath, Sherri served as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analytics at SoftLayer where she led the FP&A, Pricing, and Business Analytics teams.
Sherri drives financial success with her ability to provide operational insights through analytics, financial modeling, and reporting. Her in-depth understanding of the core business has helped her as the finance prime on acquisitions and divestures ranging from $2 million to $2 billion.
Prior to joining SoftLayer, Sherri spent 14 years using her expertise to help grow and optimize the Wireless and Voice Over IP (VOIP) businesses at Nortel and Genband.
Sherri holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
Francisco Romero brings expertise in business analytics, management systems, operations, supply chain, finance, support, and business management to StackPath. He is driven by a passion to create a company that transforms the security and edge space and doing things fundamentally different from the competition.
Prior to StackPath, Francisco led IBM’s Cloud Infrastructure Operations organization which includes IBM Cloud Infrastructure Data Center Operations, Networking, System Operations, Procurement and Inventory, Customer Care, and FP&A. Prior to that, he was with SoftLayer.
Before IBM and SoftLayer, Francisco worked for more than three years in various strategy and business improvement functions at EDS/HP, developing product portfolio strategies and driving margin improvement programs across the outsourcing business unit. Before joining EDS, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., where he was involved in multiple projects in operations strategy, margin improvement, business portfolio optimization, and financial analysis.
Francisco holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the The National Autonomous University of Mexico and a master’s in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Wen Temitim leads the StackPath technology teams with 20 years of experience in scale architecture and a “no-silos” approach to marrying software, hardware, and network into a tightly integrated product. Wen’s personal mission at StackPath is to drive all teams to follow the “end to end design principle”, and to simplify the core to increase resiliency and scale.
Prior to StackPath, Wen was Director of Datacenter Engineering at IBM/SoftLayer, and acting Chief Architect for Datacenter Design. In this capacity, he was instrumental in leading the architecture and design of the $1.2 billion geographic expansion of SoftLayer, post-IBM acquisition, which doubled the global footprint and added resiliency and connectivity enhancements that support IBM’s enterprise client base.
Wen also led the team to design and implement a non-disruptive backbone upgrade to enable new products via acquisitions and internal development while driving down unit costs and deploying dense 100 gig connectivity.
Wen serves on web vertical advisory boards for Juniper, Arista, and various silicon manufacturers where he provides insight into next generation datacenter and backbone needs.
Carista Hill comes to StackPath after her time as General Counsel of the Americas at Weir Group, a FTSE100 Company based in Glasgow. Prior to that, she was head of the Global Commercial Counsel team at Flowserve Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and was part of the Legal team at Candle Corporation up through its acquisition by IBM.
For more than 20 years in these roles, Carista managed a global team of attorneys and contract managers in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the UK, and North America where she trained more than 25,000 employees on global anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws, anti-trust, employment law, ethics and compliance, and commercial contracts.
Carista’s career is highlighted by her experience specializing in global commercial transactions, international sales contracts negotiations, risks in contract and post contractual disputes, acquisition due diligence, third party agent/rep. agreements, and counsel on JV and license arrangements.
Carista was a keynote speaker at D CEO's Women’s Leadership Symposium in 2018 and featured legal panelist at Baker & McKenzie’s Global Oil & Gas Institute in 2016.
Nick Nelson brings more than 15 years of experience in web hosting to StackPath as Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager of VPN. Nick founded one of the earliest cloud hosting companies before joining StackPath.
Prior to StackPath, Nick worked in a corporate development role with Amazon as a business manager of greenfield opportunities. He was part of the senior management team that executed a tax-free spinoff of Rightside from its parent company, Demand Media, in 2014.
Nick was also General Manager and VP of New Product Development with UK2Group until it was sold to Lloyds TSB Capital in 2011. Nick has extensive emerging market experience through UK2Group and Rightside, where he led offices in Ukraine and India focused on Product Development.
Nathan works with the StackPath marketing team and is responsible for branding, positioning, and messaging; marketing campaigns and programs; corporate communications; ecosystem development; and company-wide creative services.
Prior to StackPath, he was CMO at both Appspace and SoftLayer, VP Cloud Infrastructure Marketing at IBM, and led account strategy and management, as well as creative direction efforts, at a number of advertising and marketing firms, supporting clients such as Dell, Texas Instruments, Frito Lay, Subway Restaurants, 7-Eleven, and Texas Tourism.
Nathan has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University and Master of Arts in Advertising from The University of Texas. He has received awards and recognitions including Aurora Awards, Austin Addy Awards, Mobius International Advertising Award, Service Industry Advertising Awards, and Telly Awards.