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Executive Management

Michael L. Torto – Chief Executive Officer

mike240x300.pngMichael is a highly experienced technology company CEO with over 25 years of executive leadership. Michael’s experience is global, having led both private and public companies of varying sizes, stages and locations, to eventual liquidity.

For the past four years, Michael was the President and CEO of rPath—a cloud based computing company that was founded by Ex-Red Hat Executives and acquired by global giant SAS Institute. He also led SWAN International from an early stage company to one that returned over a $1 billion for investors.

Throughout his career, Michael has returned significant capital to investors and shareholders: from generating close to $1.0 billion in a public offering to a company sale netting $100 million in profit on a $4.0 million investment.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts. He spent 12 years in the Military, primarily as a Naval Reservist in a MOMAG, Underwater Mine Group. Michael also served in the Massachusetts National Guard.


 

 

Jay Litkey – Founder & President

Jay02Web-240x300.jpgA serial entrepreneur with extensive experience launching, financing and growing software companies, Jay Litkey has been a pioneer in emerging high growth markets that include cloud computing, virtualization, systems management automation, and Internet video.

For more than a decade, Jay has been a virtualization evangelist and advocate, focusing on the strategic impacts of virtualization and automation within enterprise data centers. He is ITIL-certified and frequently spends his time serving as a trusted advisor for IT executives and speaking at industry events.

Prior to Embotics, Jay founded Symbium Corp., a venture-funded company focused on autonomic computing and the automated management of IT infrastructure, managing business development and product management. Before Symbium, he was the founding CEO of BlackholeTV, an Internet video content aggregation and distribution company. Jay started his career at Bell-Northern Research designing automated control systems for the telecommunications industry. He is a golf hack, won a Forty under 40 award, and holds an honors degree in Computer Science from Queen’s University.

 
 

Wynand Stassen – Chief Financial Officer & Vice President Operations

WynandWeb-240x300.jpgWynand Stassen is a qualified Chartered Professional Accountant and has successfully completed the Level I and II CFA examinations. Previously, he worked with Ernst & Young and Deloitte’s audit and assurance groups before joining International Datacasting where he completed the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) conversion for its public company financial statements. In 2012, he joined Kinaxis, a SaaS company based in Ottawa, and contributed to the pre-IPO readiness of the company’s finance operations.

Over the past 7 years, Wynand has audited or been involved in the finance operations of dozens of companies, both private and public, across several industry sectors. He currently sits on the board of The Bridge Church.

 
 

Scott Davis – EVP of Engineering & Chief Technology Officer

Scott Davis, CTO Embotics

Scott Davis is a well-known technology executive, entrepreneur, corporate advisor and vExpert. Scott was formerly long-term CTO of VMware’s End User Computing Business Unit and also served as VMware’s Chief Data Center/Storage Architect.  He was instrumental in driving product and technology strategy, partnerships and advanced development initiatives spanning the breadth of VMware’s product lines. A recognized expert in virtualization, clustering, operating systems, file systems, storage, and end-user computing technologies such as VDI, graphics protocols and mobility/EMM, Scott has held senior engineering and business management roles with both startup ventures and established industry firms, and also serves on the advisory boards of Opvizor, Calgary Scientific and Infinio. 

Prior to joining VMware, he was a strategic consultant to Fidelity Investments and President and Founder of Virtual Iron Software, which was acquired by Oracle and became the core of OracleVM. He was also Vice President and CTO at Mangosoft, an Internet software and storage company with pioneering peer-to-peer clustering, caching and file system products. Scott began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was Technical Director for the industry-acclaimed VAXCluster and VMS Volume Shadowing products, as well as DEC’s Windows NT clustering technology (later sold to Microsoft as the genesis of Microsoft ‘Wolfpack’ Cluster Server). Scott holds 17 patents for clustering, storage, virtualization and EUC technologies and his products have won awards at Comdex, Demo, LinuxWorld and VMworld.


 

 

Dan Murphy – Chief Marketing Officer

Dan-Murphy-Embotics.jpgDan is a veteran marketing professional with extensive experience developing and implementing breakthrough strategies for emerging and established companies. Previously, he was vice president of Marketing for ThingWorx, the Internet of Things (IoT) Business at PTC. Prior to its acquisition by PTC, Dan was vice president of Marketing at Axeda responsible for the global marketing organization including product marketing, marketing communications, partner marketing, and lead generation. He has over 20 years of technology marketing experience in various industries, primarily in software, security and cloud platforms with market-leading companies including Relicore, Symantec, Allaire, Macromedia, Axeda, and PTC.

Dan received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 


Mark Jamensky – Executive Vice President, Products

Mark03Web-240x300.jpgMark is a research and development manager with over 17 years of experience in software and hardware development fields, as well as extensive skills in building technologies for both telecom and enterprise customers. He has spent the last six years leading the Embotics engineering team and building out virtualization and cloud management capabilities.

Prior to joining Embotics, he was VP of Product Development at BTI Photonic Systems, developing a WDM platform engineered for service connectivity at the edge of optical networks. Mark was employed at Nortel Networks, where he developed their Preside Policy Services products, which are now the MetaSolv Policy Services product. He also developed the industry’s first Remote Access SS7 gateway product, the CVX SS7, which is still in market with Aastra Technologies.

Mark holds a Computer Science degree from Concordia University and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

 
 

Monty Blight – Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

MontyBlight_embotics2.pngMonty is an experienced leader in the IT service provider and cloud technology industry. Monty's role at Embotics includes global corporate development and strategic account mangement.

Prior to embotics,  Monty was a member of the executive team at Peak 10, serving in a variety of roles including Business Development, Partner Alliances and Managed Services. He was responsible for product development and messaging across the entire suite of offerings – colocation, cloud and managed services.

Monty works directly with clients and partners to help design solutions and he is also a frequent presenter and panelist on Cloud, Hosting, Business Continuity/DR, and other technology services.

Monty received his BBA from Baylor University in Texas and is a graduate of the Charlotte Leadership Forum.