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Digital Fuel is the CIO’s business value optimization system

Digital Fuel provides an IT Business Management Suite that enables you to gain visibility and control of total cost of ownership for your private and cloud environments. Its suite of products allows your business to optimize your costs, sourcing and quality across your technology portfolio. As a result, we help our customers meet the business demands being placed on them to increase the strategic alignment and leverage of IT services.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Rick Bigelow

Rick Bigelow

Chief Operating Officer

Jason Nienaber

Jason Nienaber

VP of Sales and Marketing

Shrikar Kasturi

Shrikar Kasturi

Chief Strategy Officer

Ed Zyszkowski

Ed Zyszkowski

Chief Technology Officer

Jim Hall

Jim Hall

General Counsel

Darren Loos

Darren Loos

Chief Financial Officer

Angie Batterson

Angie Batterson

VP of Global Human Resources

Rick Bigelow

Rick Bigelow

Chief Operating Officer

Rick Bigelow has 20+ years of senior level financial and operational experience for both privately owned and publicly held companies. His experience crosses many industries, including technology software development, professional services and the manufacturing/distribution of consumer goods. Prior to joining Skyview, Mr. Bigelow led operations, transition and integration for several firms in the private equity industry. Prior to Skyview Capital, he was CEO of several industry leading software companies serving Fortune 500 companies as well as CFO of a major distribution/manufacturing company.

Mr. Bigelow holds a B.A. degree in Finance from Washington State University.

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Jason Nienaber

Jason Nienaber

VP of Sales and Marketing

Jason Nienaber is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Digital Fuel, where he is responsible for sales, presales, channels and marketing.

Mr. Nienaber is an experienced leader with a broad background and over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software industry. Most Recently at VMware he led the Software Defined Solutions sales and presales teams for the United States and Canada, which included the Digital Fuel solution (formerly known as vRealize Business Enterprise). He has successfully helped build and grow the Digital Fuel business over the last 4 years, and brings a rich set of experiences where he led teams to address customer issues around Strategy, Service Management, Asset & Portfolio Management, Operations, Security and Cloud Management. Mr.Nienaber has served in sales, presales, professional services and business unit leadership roles at VMware, HP Software and CA Inc.

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Shrikar Kasturi

Shrikar Kasturi

Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Kasturi has more than 20 years of experience in the technology and services industries. Prior to joining Skyview, he held management positions in numerous technology and service companies and successfully led their business development and growth initiatives. His past experience includes leadership roles at JDSU, TCS, Nokia Siemens Networks and Nortel Networks where he worked across M&A, business development and marketing capacities. His responsibilities included building strategic relationships with customers and ecosystem partners, identifying inorganic growth opportunities / potential M&A candidates and spearheading other aspects of the transaction including due diligence, valuations, structuring and negotiating. At Nokia Siemens, Mr. Kasturi was part of the M&A team involved in the acquisition of Motorola Networks and orchestrated several divestitures of non-strategic assets. During his tenure with Nortel, Mr. Kasturi served in the wireless business unit and led a variety of assignments primarily driving revenue growth and negotiating contracts with customers and partners. He has successfully led teams for market development across Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, where he delivered breakthrough market share growth of over $1 billion in new sales.

Mr. Kasturi has an MBA and M.S. in Information Systems from University of Texas at Dallas. He also holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from M.S. University in India.

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Ed Zyszkowski

Ed Zyszkowski

Chief Technology Officer

Edward Zyszkowski oversees technology strategy, diligence and oversight for Skyview Capital investments and its portfolio companies. He also serves as CTO of NewNet Communications Technologies LLC, a Skyview Capital portfolio company.

Mr. Zyszkowski has served as a founder, CEO, CTO, investor and corporate advisor to create billions of dollars of value through industry-transforming technologies. He started his career at the Research Institute for Advanced Studies (Martin Marietta) as a principle investigator, building robotics systems for the Space Shuttle. He later invented foundational “data mining” technologies and developed parallel text search systems for Dow Jones and Microsoft while at Thinking Machines Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Zyszkowski later founded and led Torrent Systems to develop Orchestrate, a parallel processing big data environment, later sold to IBM that forms the basis for their Information Server product. He has also assembled, inspired and led high performing teams to create technology companies that he sold to Boeing, Yahoo! and Google. Mr. Zyszkowski holds numerous technology patents and continues to explore the next wave of transformational technology, including the explosion of big data.

Mr. Zyszkowski serves as a member (and past Chairman) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Committee at Johns Hopkins and is a member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Spectrum. He completed his undergraduate degree and graduate studies in Biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University, postgraduate studies at MIT and an MBA at Babson College.

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Jim Hall

Jim Hall

General Counsel

Jim Hall has over 30 years of international legal experience across a diverse range of disciplines, in both private practice and in-house positions all over the world. Prior to joining Skyview Capital, Mr. Hall held senior commercial and corporate roles at Nokia Siemens Networks and at Motorola Solutions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier he co-founded and scaled a successful start-up company and saw it through profitable divestiture. Mr. Hall first developed and honed his legal acumen at two of Scotland’s top commercial law firms, where he represented pension funds, investment companies, and other large commercial property investors.

Mr. Hall holds a BS degree in Biology and Chemistry from Davis & Elkins College and a JD from West Virginia University College of Law.

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Darren Loos

Darren Loos

Chief Financial Officer

Darren Loos oversees financial due diligence, financial reporting and tax across Skyview’s portfolio.

Mr. Loos brings over 15 years of financial accounting experience, including both public and private accounting.  He has served as the Chief Financial Officer for one of Skyview’s portfolio companies for the past 2 years and previously served as its corporate controller for an additional 2 years. Prior to joining Skyview in 2011, Mr. Loos worked in public accounting for more than a decade, He served as an Audit Senior Manager at Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd., across a diverse client base with a specialization in technology, manufacturing, service and distribution industries as well as focused on mergers and acquisitions. Earlier Mr. Loos worked in the Manufacturing Client Service Group at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

Mr. Loos received a BS in accountancy from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He holds a CPA license in the state of Illinois.

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Angie Batterson

Angie Batterson

Vice President of Global Human Resources

Angie Batterson is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Human Resources including HR strategy, global HR, recruiting, benefits, payroll, talent management, employee relations, compensation, and leadership development. Ms. Batterson brings more than 15 years of human resources leadership and organizational management experience to this role.

Before NewNet, Ms.Batterson was the Assistant Vice President of Operations for Group Long-Term Care at CNA Insurance, the 8th largest U.S commercial lines insurer. Ms.Batterson held a variety of leadership roles during her 10 year career at CNA including Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, where she led employee relations for a shared services organization. Prior to joining CNA, she spent 12 years at Target Stores where she held a variety of positions including Human Resources Manager.

Ms.Batterson graduated from Aurora University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources/Organizational Management.

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EVENTS

Gartner CIO Leadership Forum
February 26th – 28st
Phoenix, Arizona

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IQPC IT Financial Management Week Spring
To Take Place in April in Chicago, IL

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DIGITAL FUEL PARTNERS

AMASOL

 

SOV Systems

 

VMWare

 

Expedient

 

 

 


QUESTIONS ABOUT DIGITAL FUEL’S RECENT TRANSACTION?

For questions regarding Digital Fuel’s recent transaction with VMware, please see the following page on the Digital Fuel website.


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