Executive Leadership

Datapipe’s leadership team brings together an experienced core of thought-leaders, innovators and architects of the future. Individually accomplished, they collectively – and consistently – propel Datapipe to a position of industry leadership.

Robb Allen

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Robb is an entrepreneur who has built successful companies in real estate and technology. He leads a global team of dedicated professionals committed to enabling Datapipe's clients to achieve exceptional value from outsourced IT services. Robb developed the concept of "Operational Empathy®," which serves as Datapipe's core cultural value. His current responsibilities include overall company oversight and leadership, strategic planning and execution and product/service development.

Michael J. Parks

Chief Technology Officer

Michael J. Parks began his career in the U.S. Coast Guard at age 17. While serving his country, Mr. Parks earned an FCC License, an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Technology, completed flight school, piloted 3 types of helicopters and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  As part of the DEA, Parks supported Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos, a large scale drug interdiction effort to stop the flow of illegal drugs from entering the U.S.  Michael provides strategic leadership for Datapipe's technical departments. He is responsible for maintaining Datapipe's global network infrastructure which has consistently been recognized for speed and reliability. Michael also leads Datapipe's development team in designing and improving the industry-leading features within Datapipe’s client portal.

Joel Friedman

Chief Security Officer

Joel has been a technology professional for over 18 years, including 14 years specializing in information security.  Joining Datapipe from a security consultant firm servicing clients in investment banking and media, Joel is responsible for Datapipe's overall information security management program. Under Joel's leadership, Datapipe became one of the first Certified PCI Level 1 Service Providers.  Joel helped pioneer VoicePulse, a voice over IP company, and holds industry leading certifications including: ISC's CISSP; ISACA’s CISA, CISM, and CRISC; PCI SSC's ISA; EC Council’s C|CISO and C|EH; and Cloud Security Alliance's CCSK.

Daniel Newton

Chief Operating Officer

Daniel's start in technology was in consulting specializing in healthcare and has advised private and government organizations across Europe. Daniel progressed into senior management roles working for Perot Systems, leading their Technical and Applications Services team completing enterprise technology deployments across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Daniel moved to the US from the UK to lead Dell's Physician Services Technology business unit prior to joining Datapipe.  Daniel holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Biomedical Science from the University of the West of England.

Ed O'Hara

Chief Financial Officer

Ed brings over 25 years of experience in finance, planning and consulting to his role as Chief Financial Officer of Datapipe.  Before Datapipe, Ed was the Chief Financial Officer of Sidera Networks, a leading provider of high capacity fiber network services in the Northeast and MidAtlantic, prior to its successful sale to Berkshire Partners and merger with Lightower.  Before Sidera, Ed served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Residential and Business Services segment of RCN Corporation, prior to the sale of RCN to ABRY Partners. His prior roles at RCN included Vice President and Treasurer, and Director of Financial Planning.  Prior to joining RCN, Mr. O’Hara served as a management consultant, and in senior roles with Putnam Investments and Arthur Andersen.  Mr. O’Hara holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.

Michael Bross

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Michael joined Datapipe after 16 successful years as Managing Partner of Bross, Cummings, Pereira & Moore, LLC. Michael received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University. Michael is an active member of the New Jersey State, Essex County, and American Bar Associations and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and New Jersey Chapter of the ACC.

Ed Laczynski

Senior Vice President, Cloud Strategy & Architecture

Responsible for driving Datapipe’s cloud computing strategy and for the architecture of new cloud platforms and integrations, Ed came to Datapipe with more than 10 years of digital technology leadership experience. Prior to Datapipe, Ed was the founder and CTO of LTech, a pioneer in enterprise cloud computing products and services. At LTech, Ed led the business and product development vision, achieving significant sales and customer growth. A frequent speaker and author, Ed is recognized throughout the industry for his thought leadership, vision and experience helping organizations succeed with cloud computing. Ed has also led innovation in digital media and finance in roles at McCann-Erickson Worldwide and Credit Suisse. Ed is a graduate of New York University.

Chris Mooney

Senior Vice President, Global Sales

Chris brings to Datapipe a strong background in general management and sales, spanning a successful 20+ year career in communications, technology, and security services. He has a proven track record of driving revenue and shareholder value while leading sales organizations at companies including Sybari, Microsoft, MessageLabs, and Serena Software. Chris is responsible for developing Datapipe’s global sales strategy to increase marketshare utilizing both direct and channel sales models.

William Pratt

Senior Vice President, Colocation Group

William leads Datapipe’s Global Colocation Services business. He has gained a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry after serving the colocation market for over 15 years. Recognized for his experience, vision and growth strategies, he has worked for Icon CMT and Qwest Communications, where he oversaw colocation services for large enterprise companies. William is an active board member of multiple community organizations and holds a BA in Accounting from Brooklyn College of New York.

Frank Sole

Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration

Frank joined Datapipe after seven years with the software company Micromuse. Frank also served on the integration team after IBM’s acquisition of Micromuse in 2006 and remained with the company until joining Datapipe. Frank brings more than a dozen years experience in the areas of employee relations, conflict resolution, recruiting, change management and compensation and benefits. Frank holds a B.A. from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Colin Chan

Vice President and General Manager - Asia

Colin has more than 20 years of experience in the Asia Pacific ICT sector, including senior leadership positions with Marconi Communications and Ascom Group. He has lived and worked in Beijing and Shanghai for more than ten years, leading the strategic penetration and rapid growth of business in the China market. Colin holds a B.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto, and a MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Bruce Katz

Vice President, Finance

Bruce came to Datapipe with deep experience as a corporate financial executive. Prior roles include Vice President of Finance at EnterpriseDB Corporation, Senior Vice President of Finance at Foxtons North America and a number of senior financial roles at Cendant Corporation and its subsidiaries, including Move.com, as well as the corporate treasury department. Bruce also held financial leadership roles at Arthur Andersen and Merrill Lynch & Company. Bruce holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Asmaa Safi

Vice President, Procurement Governance & Operations

Asmaa joins Datapipe with extensive experience as a senior leader, adviser and change strategist in procurement, with over 14 years of experience in the Information Technology Industry. Asmaa previously served as the Head of Global Procurement for ProQuest LLC driving procurement transformation and operational efficiency. Over the years, Asmaa has held a variety of leadership and operational roles involving Procurement, IT Supply Chain, General Management and Finance where she has successfully built and led teams across multiple countries and disciplines. Asmaa holds a B.B.A from the University of Michigan.