We've Assembled a Group of Top-Tier Industry Leaders
President and Chief Executive Officer
David McCann, Varolii Corporation's President and Chief Executive Officer, is a veteran software executive and has previously served as CEO for several successful venture-backed software startups in addition to holding senior leadership positions with several Fortune 500 companies. McCann has more than 25 years of executive experience leading sales, marketing, product management and engineering organizations to complement his CEO leadership. Most recently, he was general manager of the Windows Server Product Management team at Microsoft in the Server & Cloud Division of the Server & Tools Business. Prior to Microsoft, McCann served as the CEO for two privately-funded companies — Electronic Evidence, Inc. and CarParts Technologies. He also served as senior vice president of Products and Strategy at FileNet Software Inc., which he helped grow to $450 million in revenue prior to its acquisition by IBM in 2006. McCann was also senior vice president for Worldwide Marketing and Strategy for Open Servers and Software with Unisys Corporation, where he spent almost 10 years of his early career.
McCann holds a master's degree in English from Glasgow University in Scotland, as well as a BA in history and economic history.
Chief Financial Officer
Don Schlosser, Varolii Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer recently rejoined the company after having previously served as the company's CFO from 2002–2007. As CFO he is tasked with ensuring the financial health and integrity of the company and manages the company’s financial systems, treasury, risk management, security, human relations, and contracting teams. Schlosser’s 30+ years of experience includes more than 15 years responsible for corporate development and new business development, including international acquisitions with a variety of early and mid-stage companies. He brings to Varolii not only the knowledge of the software-as-a service business gained from working with the company in the early years, but more than ten years’ experience as CFO for media, telecom, and consulting companies including VisionCompass, ConneXt, Myrio, AEI Music Networks, King Broadcasting Company, and Arthur D. Little.
Schlosser holds a bachelor's degree in History Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Services
John Pierson has more than 25 years of experience successfully leading and growing software, technology and services organizations. Pierson began his career at Hewlett-Packard and then moved to SAP before serving as an executive sales and field operations leader for companies such as Intermec Technologies, Hyperion Solutions, and Global 360. Most recently, he was senior vice president at Birst, Inc., a privately held business intelligence software start-up in San Francisco. Throughout his career, Pierson has significantly increased revenue, streamlined client support and consulting functions, and built go-to-market strategies that consistently exceeded business goals.
Pierson holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Vice President, Engineering
Sunil Shah has over 20 years of experience leading technology teams and applying technology to solve complex business problems. He has a proven track record of building highly scalable web based software platforms & products. Before joining Varolii, Shah served as the VP of Engineering at DataSphere Technologies, one of the fastest growing online marketing companies in the U.S. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Expedia where he architected and built their first Corporate Travel product.
Shah holds a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering degree from the NITIE in Mumbai, India.
Vice President, Professional Services
Patrick Chaney has more than 20 years of experience leading and directing professional services, software development, information technology and customer support for enterprise software companies. As vice president of Professional Services, Chaney heads up Varolii's professional services team, which deploys applications for major Fortune 1000 corporations in key industries such as healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, utilities and retail. He is also tasked with increasing client satisfaction through improved internal processes and organizational collaboration across the company. Prior to joining Varolii, Chaney was vice president of Professional and Managed Services at QPass, a division of Amdocs. He has also held senior positions at Portal Software, a mid-sized CRM vendor, and Cambridge Technology Partners as well as spent eight years in his early career at Boeing.
Chaney holds a master's degree in Software Engineering from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University.
Vice President, Product Management and Strategy
Will Cousins has more than 17 years of experience leading product management, engineering and marketing functions at Fortune 100 and early stage companies in the mobile and wireless, enterprise software, and utilities industries. He oversees product strategy and continued expansion of the Varolii Interact Platform for smartphone, voice, email and text-based customer interactions. Prior to joining Varolii, Will served as executive vice president of product and engineering at GridPoint, a company specializing in smart energy solutions with more than 10,000 energy management and solar energy systems installed across the U.S., Canada and Europe. In this role, he was drove product planning and integration efforts for acquired clean technology assets, which led to increased year-over-year growth.
Prior to GridPoint, Cousins served as vice president of marketing and product management at Twisted Pair Solutions, a world leader in software-based radio interoperability and Radio over IP unified communications. He has also served as global mobile operator marketing manager for mobile and embedded devices at Microsoft, where he built and launched the Microsoft Speech Server partner program. Additionally, he has held senior management positions at AT&T Wireless in the Wireless Data Division and a Seattle area start-up developing wireless location-based services for global operators.
Vice President, Operations
Joel Chaplin has more than 20 years of technology and software-as-a-service (SaaS) experience, building reliable, secure, on-demand solutions. As Vice President of Operations, Chaplin leads Varolii's operations team, including network and data infrastructure architects, database administration, systems engineering and 7x24 client services groups. He works in partnership with the executive team to optimize the company's ability to expand further into key markets including financial services, healthcare, contact centers, transportation and utilities.
Prior to Varolii, Chaplin led the development of a new IT infrastructure for Virtuoso as chief information officer (CIO) and vice president of information technology. He has also served as the senior vice president of IT operations and enterprise systems at Motricity, a leading provider of mobile data solutions. Chaplin transitioned to Motricity following its acquisition of InfoSpace where he served as CIO and vice president of information technology. During his 9-year tenure at InfoSpace, he led the company through numerous acquisitions as well as optimizing IT operations and leading the continuous improvement of their global SaaS platform services. Prior to InfoSpace, Chaplin held leadership roles at Go2Net and spent 12 years with Boeing as Manager of Technical Services.
Chaplin graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Business Administration.
Chief Security Officer
As Chief Security Officer, Will Longman oversees Varolii's security programs, a comprehensive suite of policy and controls that support security governance, risk management, and compliance across the enterprise. He partners with the executive team to maintain the company's stellar security record and support further expansion into key markets including financial services, healthcare, contact centers, transportation and utilities.
Longman has more than 25 years of experience as a security leader in public and private companies as well as government. Previously, he was Senior Director Global Security and Compliance at Motricity, a provider of mobile data SaaS solutions. He has also served as the Senior Director of Information Security at Infospace.
Longman holds a BS in Computer Science from National University and a certificate in Digital Forensics. He also served as a commissioned officer in the US Navy for more than 20 years.
Jeff Shelby, Vice President & General Counsel
Vice President and General Counsel
Jeff Shelby oversees legal affairs for Varolii, drawing on his deep experience in intellectual property, technology licensing and corporate and securities law. Shelby's proficiencies extend to mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, licensing, SEC compliance, corporate governance and business matters specific to technology companies.
Prior to joining Varolii, Shelby was an attorney with Heller Ehrman LLP, a Global 100 law firm, where he practiced in the Venture Law Group, representing public and private companies in the life sciences, information technology and retail sectors. Previously he was as an attorney for Cooley Godward LLP. Before practicing law, Shelby was in operations management at United Airlines, and also served in the United States Army.
Shelby received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law, an MBA in Finance from San Francisco State University, and a BS in Business and Commerce from Embry-Riddle University.