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Press Release

Actifio Expands Global Management Team With Four New Hires and Seven Promotions

June 1, 2016

BOSTON, June 1, 2016 – Actifio, the copy data virtualization company, today announced seven internal promotions, alongside four senior hires joining the Actifio team. The new additions to the team bring a wealth of collective management experience to Actifio, building on the company’s continued worldwide growth. Seven current Actifians also stepped into new management roles, in recognition of their proven leadership and extraordinary results.

The newly promoted team members are:

  • Kevin Hilson, Regional Vice President, Northeast
  • Ed Mullarkey, Senior Director, Global Services
  • Chad Cavanaugh, Director of Revenue Accounting
  • Sean Burkardt, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A)
  • Ratan Tipirneni, SVP, Cloud Business Development
  • Pervez Sikora, VP,  Global Services & Customer Success
  • Dylan Locsin, Senior Director of Product Marketing

The new team members include:

  • Charles Godshall, Vice President of Solution Architecture and Business Development
  • Michael Peabody, Director of Customer Success Engineering
  • Peter Ross, Vice President of Marketing
  • Andrew Tai, Director of DevOps and Labs

“Our people are the foundation of our business,” said Ash Ashutosh, Actifio Founder & CEO. “Our mission has been and remains delivering extraordinary business results to our customers. While our technology is what makes that possible, it’s our people who make it happen – day-in and day-out, for every customer, every time. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this extraordinary team, and thrilled to see the wave of new people and opportunities enabled by our continued global expansion.”

Kevin Hilson has risen quickly within Actifio’s sales organization, having started Actifio’s inside sales organization in 2011. Within two years, Kevin was promoted to Channel Sales Manager, Northeast, and has continued up the Sales ranks ever since. In his new role, Kevin is responsible for Northeast regional sales, as the Regional Vice President.

Since his start at Actifio in 2013, Ed Mullarkey was the professional services team’s go-to leader for many of Actifio’s key customer deployments. Ed founded the Project Management Organization at Actifio and helped drive a services transformation initiative, enabling greater organizational scale. Now, as Senior Director, Ed will lead the Services organization at Actifio.

Chad Cavanaugh and Sean Burkardt have played critical roles at Actifio, helping to scale the finance organization and its processes to support Actifio’s growth. Now Director of Revenue Accounting, Chad joined Actifio from Deloitte & Touche, where he was a Manager of M&A Transaction Services, and previously a Manager of Assurance Services.

Sean Burkardt was promoted to Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, and in that role, directs company-wide budgeting and forecasting processes. Sean joined Actifio from J.P. Morgan, where he was an Investment Banking Associate, and he previously served as a Financial Analyst at EMC.

With Actifio since June 2014, Ratan Tipirneni takes on the role of SVP Cloud Business Development, having served as SVP of Customer Success & Services for two years. In his new role, Ratan is charged with accelerating Actifio’s engagement with the emerging landscape of Cloud vendors and leaders.

Pervez Sikora was promoted to VP, Global Services and Customer Success, having also joined the company in 2014. As VP of Global Services and Customer Success, Pervez will be responsible for bringing efficiency and analysis-driven execution across the CSE, CSM and Services teams to continue revenue growth.

Dylan Locsin has been promoted to Senior Director of Product Marketing. Dylan joined Actifio in 2014 to lead customer programs, including building engagement with installed base and managed service provider customers. Dylan came to Actifio from Dell, where he had supported Dell’s rapid growth of the EqualLogic storage business in key Product Management, Technical Marketing and Product Marketing roles following the acquisition and integration of EqualLogic by Dell. Previously, Dylan worked with EqualLogic, NetScout and numerous other startups.

Charles Godshall previously worked at IBM as the Global Vice President of Technical Sales for Storage and Software Defined Storage. Charles joined IBM in 2008 to help launch the acquisition of XIV, led the cross-brand storage technical team in Eastern North America, and then helped lead, build, and integrate IBM’s flash acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. Charles is now responsible for Actifio’s North American Solution Architecture team, their presales activities, and helping to drive global business development and alliances.

Michael Peabody brings strong customer support leadership for the Actifio team. A tech industry veteran, he brings more than 20 years of senior management experience in building sustainable and scalable support organizations at companies such as Exagrid, EMC and Sun Microsystems. In his role as Director of Customer Success Engineering (CSE), Michael’s focus will be to continue the strong momentum that Actifio has built within the CSE organization and to scale out the support delivery model for Actifio’s growing customer base.

Peter Ross brings over 15 years of first-hand experience as a technology marketer to his role as Vice President of Marketing. Previously, Peter was Vice President of Corporate Marketing at TechTarget where his responsibilities included managing the company’s brand, market research, demand generation efforts, public relations and global customer event series. Prior to that, Peter held marketing leadership roles at Xiotech and EMC. At Actifio, Peter leads the company’s digital and live event demand generation programs, customer and community development, along with brand development including public relations and analyst relations.

Andrew Tai brings more than 15 years of experience in the software development industry, where he has developed extensive technical knowledge across a broad array of various technologies. At Actifio, Andrew will lead as the Director of DevOps and Labs.

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About Actifio

Actifio virtualizes the data that’s the lifeblood of businesses in more than 30 countries around the world. Its Virtual Data Pipeline™ technology enables businesses to protect, access, and move their data faster, more efficiently, and more simply by decoupling data from physical storage, much the same way a hypervisor decouples compute from physical servers. For enterprise-class backup modernization, self-serve instant data access, or service provider business transformation, Actifio is the first and only choice for radically simple copy data virtualization. For more, visit or follow us on Twitter @Actifio.