Five new directors selected for board; Autotask founder Bob Godgart continues as chairman
Downers Grove, IL., November 3, 2011 – Five executives from varied segments of the information technology (IT) industry channel will join the CompTIA Board of Directors in 2012, the non-profit association announced today.
The 2012 CompTIA Board of Directors will again be led by Bob Godgart, elected chairman for the second consecutive year. Godgart is the founder and former chief executive officer of Autotask Corporation, who now leads ChannelEyes LLC, the first free and secure social network to aggregate IT channel program information.
New members joining Godgart on the CompTIA board include:
• Don Bentz, co-founder of Preferred IT Group, LLC, Columbia City, Ind., a provider of IT computer network services, support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.
• Mike Brogan, president, chief executive officer and principal, Erb’s Technology Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an IT provider in business for almost 50 years.
• Paul Cronin, senior vice president, Atrion Networking Corporation, Warwick, R.I., an IT services company that specializes in the fusion of business and technology.
• Frank J. Vitagliano, senior vice president, worldwide channels, Juniper Networks, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., an industry leader in network innovation.
• Dan Wensley, vice president, partner development and marketing, Level Platforms, Kanata, Ontario, Canada, a provider of managed services software for IT solution providers servicing small and mid-sized customers.
“These selections reflect the work of our Board’s Leadership Development Committee, which has sought to make our Board representative of the entire IT channel, including large, medium and small companies as well as vendors, VARs and distributors,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.
Thibodeaux noted that several new board members first became engaged with CompTIA through their involvement in CompTIA Communities, member-driven groups that collaborate to advance specific technologies, vertical markets or business segments that are vital to the IT industry. These groups serve as the foundation of the association’s initiatives, programs, education and research.
“CompTIA members now have a defined path to the Board by participating and staying engaged,” said Thibodeaux. “For example, Dan Wensley was selected for the 2012 Board of Directors based on his service and contributions to the MSP Partners Community and the Communities Executive Board.”
The 2012 CompTIA Board of Directors also includes eight IT industry leaders who were re-elected for another one-year term.
Serving as vice chairman for 2012 are Chuck Lennon, president, TeamLogic IT®, a national provider of computer-based services for managing IT for small and medium-sized businesses; and Robert Stegner, senior vice president, marketing, North America, SYNNEX Corporation, a business process services company servicing technology resellers and original equipment manufacturers around the world.
Other 2012 board members include Nancy K. Hedrick, president and chief executive officer, CSI: Technology Outfitters, Easley, S.C.; Linda Lynch, president, KI Technology Group, East Lansing, Mich.; Mike Parrottino, vice president, Personal Systems Group Sales and Business Management, HP, Palo Alto, Calif.; Fernando Quintero, vice president, channel sales and operations, Americas, McAfee, Santa Clara, Calif.; Janet Schijns, vice president, Business Solutions Group, Verizon, New York, N.Y.; and MJ Shoer, founder, president and virtual chief technology officer, Jenaly Technology Group, Portsmouth, N.H.
As president of CompTIA, Thibodeaux is also a voting member of the Board of Directors. Two other CompTIA executives hold non-voting board officer posts. Dan Liutikas, CompTIA’s chief legal officer, serves as board secretary; and David Sommer, chief financial officer, is board treasurer.
Leaving the CompTIA Board of Directors at the end of 2011 are Lester Keizer, XiloCore; Kerry McDonough, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Michael Menegay, Mobile Armor, Inc.; Bob O'Malley, InFocus® Corporation; and Dan Shapero, Kaseya.
“CompTIA is a much better organization for their efforts and we are grateful for their volunteer leadership,” Thibodeaux added.
CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, CompTIA is the recognized authority for IT education and credentials and the primary advocate for IT businesses and workers. Through its foundation, CompTIA also enables disadvantaged populations to gain the skills they need for employment in the IT industry. CompTIA’s vision of the IT landscape is shaped by more than 25 years of global perspective and more than 2,000 members and 1,000 business partners. For more information, visit www.comptia.org or follow CompTIA on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/comptia.