Board of Directors - Datapipe

Board of Directors

Drawing from diverse skill sets and deep expertise, Datapipe’s Board of Directors brings a tenured perspective to their role in guiding the path of entrepreneurial growth at Datapipe.

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.

Tom Barnds

Managing Director & Founding Partner, Accel-KKR

Tom is a Director of Abila, Applied Predictive Technologies, Datapipe, EPiServer, Highjump, Kerridge Commercial Systems Ltd., North Plains Systems, and Transzap. Tom's former directorships include Alias (sold to Autodesk for $197 million in 2006), CRS Retail Systems (sold to Epicor for $121 million in 2005), Endurance (sold to a private equity consortium in 2011 for $1.0 billion), IntrinsiQ Research (sold to AmerisourceBergen in 2011), iTradeNetwork (sold to Roper Industries for $525 million in 2010), KANA Software (sold to Verint Systems for $514 million in 2014), Saber (sold to EDS for $460 million in 2007), Savista (sold in a series of transactions for $100 million to Accenture and Torex Retail Systems in 2006) and Systems & Software (sold to Constellation Software in 2007).

Prior to joining Accel-KKR in 2000, Tom was a Managing Director at Nassau Capital, a private equity firm engaged in investing $2.5 billion of Princeton University's endowment, where for four years he led growth equity investments and buyouts in technology, energy, media and healthcare. Prior to Nassau Capital, Tom ran Business Development at McGaw, a successful leveraged buyout led by DLJ Merchant Banking Partners and ABS Capital. Tom started his career in the Investment Banking Division at Alex. Brown & Sons, where he worked with emerging growth and technology companies. Tom has been a guest lecturer on private equity topics at Stanford University and Princeton University.

Tom received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Peter B. Hopper

President & Co-Founder, DH Capital

Prior to founding DH Capital, Peter was Founder, President and CEO of DURO Communications, one of the largest privately held ISP/CLECs in the U.S.. During Peter's tenure at DURO, the company completed nearly 50 acquisitions, raised over $200 million in equity and debt financing and grew the company to nearly $70 million in revenues.

Previous to DURO, Peter headed New Business Development for Helicon Cable, a top 25 MSO. At Helicon, Peter directed the company's ISP, paging and private carrier businesses and oversaw the launch of Helicon's cable modem service. Prior to Helicon, Peter was a foreign exchange trader with ANZ Bank in New York. Peter currently serves as a partner in BPI, LLC a $36 million private equity partnership. Peter holds a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.

Rob MacInnis

Partner, ABRY Partners

Rob MacInnis joined ABRY in 1998 from Weather Services Corporation, an ABRY portfolio company. Previously, Rob was associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a senior manager in the Merger and Acquisition Group. He has worked with numerous ABRY portfolio companies in publishing, business services, couponing and other areas. Rob is a Certified Public Accountant, received an MBA summa cum laude from Boston University and is a summa cum laude graduate of Merrimack College.

Rob Nicewicz

Vice President, ABRY Partners

Rob Nicewicz joined ABRY in 2009 from the Technology, Telecom & Digital Media group of Harris Williams & Co.  Rob is involved in media, communications, and business information services investments in the data center services, cloud computing, insurance, telecommunications, and internet services sectors. Rob graduated magna cum laude from Babson College.

Brian St. Jean

Partner, ABRY Partners

Brian is a Partner with ABRY Partners, a Boston based private equity firm that focuses on investing within the media, communications and business and information services sectors.  Since joining in 2005, Brian has developed an expertise and been involved in several investments within the data center and hosting sector.  Other areas of focus have included technology, satellite communications, transaction processing, branding and market communications and human capital management.  Prior to joining ABRY, Brian held senior financial and executive positions within the private sector and also served as a manager in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ mergers and acquisitions group.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with high distinction.  In addition to Datapipe, Brian serves on various other boards of ABRY portfolio companies.

Michael Tobin OBE

Previously Chief Executive of TelecityGroup plc, a major FTSE250 Technology company leading it from a £6m market cap to over £1.5Bn and recognised in 2012 as Britain’s Most Admired Tech Company.

Prior to TelecityGroup, he headed-up Fujitsu’s e-Commerce operations in Germany. Before that, Mr Tobin ran ICL’s Danish outsourcing subsidiary out of Copenhagen. He also held senior positions based in Paris for over 11 years including with International Computer Group and Tricord Systems Europe, and was formerly Managing Director of Goupil UK. Mr Tobin is active in several charities including The Loomba Trust, The British Asian Trust, Action for Children, The Prince's Trust, and Make-a-Wish.

He has numerous Non-Exec Directorships including Pacnet in Hong Kong and PeoplePerHour in the UK.

Michael’s business and thought leadership have been widely recognised. In 2010 he was named ‘UK IT Services Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst and Young; London Chamber of Commerce 'Business Person of the Year’ for the second year running; in 2009 was named techMARK ‘Personality of the Year’, ‘Data Centre Business Person on the Year’ at the Data Centre Leaders awards and awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ at the Data Centre Europe awards and in 2011 received a Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the industry. In 2014 he was honoured in the Queens New Years Honours List with the Order of the British Empire medal for Services to the Digital Economy.

Admiral Robert C. "Willie" Williamson, USN (Ret)

A former commanding officer of the USS Nimitz, Admiral Williamson has held leadership positions at Raytheon Company, Microsoft Corporation and The Severn Group, LLC.  As Microsoft’s first flag officer employee, he was responsible for sales, business development, and the capture/proposal process for the $1.6 billion Public Sector business. At Microsoft, he created and was accountable for the company’s first-ever global government strategy and developed an Executive Partner Engagement methodology to build strong and beneficial relationships with system with the community of System Integrators that serve Federal and State & Local clients. While at Raytheon, Admiral Williamson was responsible for its Navy C3I and ForceNet strategies, as well as leading its global communications unit, headquartered in London, UK. In these capacities, over $900 million in sales were attributed to programs awarded to Raytheon. The Admiral also served as an instrumental member of then Senator Obama’s National Security Campaign team.  In this role, he exercised leadership within the team to highlight the need for greater transparency regarding cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and accelerated the introduction of technologies required to resolve and mitigate cyber issues.

Admiral Williamson graduated from the US Naval Academy, the US Naval Test Pilot School and the Naval War College.  Executive level education was completed at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Austin Heiman

Associate, ABRY Partners

Austin Heiman joined ABRY in 2012 from Barclays where he served in the Consumer Group.  He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 2011.