Lance Crosby, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to SoftLayer, Mr. Crosby spent five years with The Planet as Chief Operations Officer where he managed all operations including sales, provisioning, product selection, managed services, application development, engineering, information security, business development, and legal departments. Serving in prior executive management roles at Catalog.com and Dallas Internet, he brings extensive experience in leadership and management skills coupled with extensive technical skills in software and hardware environments. Mr. Crosby holds bachelor's degrees in Finance and Management, a MS in Finance and MBA from Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A&M University System, and a JD from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Mr. Crosby is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas and an active member of the State Bar of Texas.
Senior Vice President Global Sales
Tom Blair joined SoftLayer in November, 2010. As Senior Vice President Global Sales, Tom directs the company's entire span of sales activities, including revenue generation, customer relationship management and retention, business development and sales engineering, as well as channel and alliance partnerships. Prior to joining Softlayer, Mr. Blair served as Vice President of Global Sales and Channels at The Planet, as senior vice president for Channel Sales and Strategic Alliances at Terremark Worldwide, Inc.; vice president for worldwide sales, Managed Services with Data Return Corporation (acquired by Terremark in 2007); in sales leadership at Octel Communications (acquired by Lucent); and in sales and marketing with Xerox Corporation. Throughout his career, Tom has developed comprehensive sales and partnership programs that have driven exceptional revenue growth and increased corporate market share. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business.
As Chief Scientist, Nathan Day is responsible for design, creation, and implementation of the proprietary SoftLayer Infrastructure Management System (IMS). Prior to SoftLayer, Mr. Day served as Vice President of Development at The Planet where he oversaw the back-end management system. Prior to joining The Planet, Mr. Day held the position as Senior Application Developer at Catalog.com. His employment history includes positions with Texas Instruments, MCI WorldCom, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He brings extensive experience in product and software development. His skill set includes PHP, Cold Fusion, Perl, HTML, XML, C, C++, and Python. Mr. Day earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Chief Operations Officer
As COO, George Karidis is directly responsible for managing and overseeing the company's strategic growth including data center operations, international expansion efforts, customer service and support as well as the Catalyst program. Before joining SoftLayer in January, 2008, Mr. Karidis spent seven years with Devonshire Investors, the private equity arm of Fidelity Investments. There he drove the strategic planning efforts of portfolio companies focused on the telecom, hosting, and software markets, taking active roles in each company from inception through domestic growth and international expansions. Previously, Mr. Karidis led business development for a startup serving the SME market, and spent more than six years with the Yankee Group as an industry analyst covering the telecom and IT sectors. He holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University with majors in finance, accounting, and economics, and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.