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Executive Biographies

Tom Blair

Senior Vice President, Global Sales

Tom Blair directs SoftLayer’s enterprise sales activities, including revenue generation, customer relationship management and retention, business development and sales engineering, as well as channel and alliance partnerships. He joined SoftLayer in November 2010. Prior to joining the company, 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., and as vice president for worldwide sales and managed services for Data Return Corporation. He was also in sales leadership at Octel Communications and in sales and marketing with Xerox Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and marketing from the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business.

Sarah Button

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Button leads accounting, revenue services, payables, human resources, compliance, and import/export. Before joining SoftLayer, Button was director of tax at GenBand, a global networking solutions provider, and served as vice president of tax at Stream Global Services. Prior to this, she held similar tax positions in the airline service and manufacturing industries, and she has been the corporate controller for a banking software company listed on NASDAQ. She has extensive experience in U.S. and international accounting and tax, acquisitions, divestitures, and international expansion. Button started her career with Price Waterhouse in the U.K. and is a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants of England and Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Science (honors) from the University of Wales in geography and archaeology.

Sonny Fulkerson

Chief Information Officer

Sonny Fulkerson leads the teams responsible for the engineering and operation of SoftLayer’s data centers, core technologies, and global network, which supports commercial products and corporate operations. Prior to joining SoftLayer, Fulkerson held a number of key leadership positions within IBM. He most recently served as CTO of IBM Software Group Global Operations and Support, where he was responsible for increasing the delivery efficiency of IBM's Worldwide SaaS portfolio including the transformation to continuous delivery approach and adoption of cloud technologies. He was appointed to the position of IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2008. Fulkerson holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) College of Engineering and its Alfred P. Sloan School of Management.

Marc Jones

Chief Technology Officer

Marc Jones leads SoftLayer’s technology design and architecture teams, which focus on the development of new products and services and research and development in SoftLayer Labs. Prior to joining SoftLayer, Jones served as director of software product development for Rackspace’s cloud division. He was a key member of the senior leadership team responsible for developing and managing the company’s cloud computing product strategy and roadmap, architecture and engineering, and software product development. Jones has also served as senior director for system architecture with Broadwing Communications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in business computer information systems from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

Francisco Romero

Chief Operating Officer

Francisco Romero leads SoftLayer's operations and delivery functions including data center operations, customer support, development, engineering, product management, procurement, and finance. He joined SoftLayer in November 2010 after building out the business analytics function at The Planet to support the entire organization. Prior to that, he worked for more than three years in various strategy and business improvement functions at EDS/HP, developing product portfolio strategies and driving margin improvement programs across the outsourcing business unit. Before joining EDS, Romero worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., where he was involved multiple projects in operations strategy, margin improvement, business portfolio optimization, and financial analysis. He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the UNAM and a master's degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.