Meet the INAP Leadership Team.
Pete Aquino is president and chief executive officer of Internap Corporation (INAP), and he also serves as a member of the company’s board of directors. He is a 30-year veteran of the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industries, with a track record of successfully guiding major expansion efforts, turnarounds and strategic partnerships and transactions at both public and private companies.
Prior to assuming his role at INAP, Mr. Aquino served as chairman and chief executive officer, and later as executive chairman, of Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc. until 2013. Under his leadership, PTGi grew into an integrated telecommunications company serving consumer and business customers with voice, data, high-capacity fiber and data center services globally, reaching approximately $1 billion in revenue. Prior to this, he was the president and chief executive officer of RCN Corporation from 2004 until 2010 where he built the company into an all-digital HDTV cable multiple system operator and created an advanced fiber-based commercial network through organic and acquisition strategies.
He is the founder of Broad Valley Capital, LLC, where he provides consulting services and capital to improve companies’ business operations, productivity and asset value. In this role, he has led numerous operating and financial teams through reorganizations and M&A opportunities at companies such as Leap Wireless, XO Communications, Allegiance Telecom, Northeast Optical Networks and Lumos Networks. He is also the founder of Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks Inc., a Mid-Atlantic fiber and wireless infrastructure services provider founded in 2014. He began his career at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). Mr. Aquino serves on the boards of directors of Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS) and FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP).
Mr. Aquino is a graduate of Montclair State College in New Jersey, and holds an MBA from George Washington.
Jim Keeley leads INAP’s financial operations, information technology and procurement organizations. He has over 25 years of financial and accounting leadership experience covering a diverse set of industries, including 10 years in technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Keeley was the Chief Financial Officer of Tahzoo, LLC, a privately held digital marketing and systems integrator. He provided financial consulting services for small-to-medium sized businesses, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of Icore Networks Inc. and General Manager of the Virginia office of Vonage Holdings Corporation, after its acquisition of Icore. Mr. Keeley also held various financial and accounting positions of increasing seniority at Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. He has held various financial reporting and accounting positions with FBR Capital Markets Corporation, and 3SI Security Systems, Inc. and with two publicly traded companies, The Pep Boys—Manny, Moe & Jack and David’s Bridal, Inc.
Mr. Keeley is a certified public accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairmont State College.
Richard Diegnan leads INAP’s legal, regulatory and compliance functions. Mr. Diegnan has over 17 years of experience as an attorney representing a diverse group of clients including both private and public companies.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Diegnan was a partner at Diegnan & Brophy, LLC where his practice was concentrated in corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, real estate and commercial dispute resolution. He served as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer to Travel Tripper LLC, a hotel web technology company and served as General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer to Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks Inc., a fiber and wireless infrastructure services provider. Mr. Diegnan was also a corporate attorney at McCarter & English, LLP and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York City.
Mr. Diegnan holds a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law, an M.B.A from Fairleigh Dickenson University and a B.S. from Providence College. Mr. Diegnan is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Corey Needles leads INAP’s USA business, including sales, marketing, product engineering, data center operations, service delivery and customer support. He brings over 20 years of experience in data center operations, operations expansion, enterprise infrastructure optimization and global team leadership to INAP.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Needles held several senior management positions in various technology, data center and network management companies. Most recently, he served as Sr. Vice President of Operations, Engineering and Construction at zColo, a division of Zayo Group. Previously, Mr. Needles served in various management positions at Latysis, where he was responsible for providing overall vision, strategic direction and tactical implementation for enterprise-level blended IaaS, cloud-based solutions and global data center operations.
Mr. Needles holds a B.S. in Information Systems from Colorado State University and an Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia Technology from Platt College.
Andrew Day leads INAP’s International business, including sales, product management, marketing, business development, customer support, technical operations, engineering and program management. He brings to INAP over 25 years of management experience in telecommunications, technology innovation, sales and marketing leadership.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Day held several senior leadership positions in sales and general management for technology companies. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Consumer Channels at Rogers Communications, where he led all consumer product sales across all sales channels.
Previously, Mr. Day was CEO Primus Telecommunications Group Inc. and Primus Canada, where he was responsible for the company’s direction and results. Before joining Primus, he held various roles of increasing responsibility in general management, sales, product management, and finance at AT&T, Gillette and Xerox.
Mr. Day holds an Honours B. Comm. from McMaster University, is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) and is also a Chartered Director (C. Dir.).
Mary Jane Horne is responsible for planning and executing INAP’s global network strategy, delivering a more robust, scalable and secure network. In addition, Ms. Horne oversees INAP’s vendor management team responsible for all carrier relations, including vendor strategy and contract negotiations, while ensuring the quality and timely delivery of all services. She also directs the activities of the Network Operations Centers (NOCs) across the worldwide footprint, who are responsible for the oversight and management of INAP’s network performance. A strategic and results-driven executive with a proven track record of success, Ms. Horne has more than 25 years of network and operational experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industries in the U.S. and abroad.
Before joining INAP, Ms. Horne served as vice president, engineering construction and commercial services at Comcast, where she was responsible for the strategic network planning of both the residential and commercial business networks in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. In addition, she developed standards for fiber installation and repair processes, which were rolled out across the nationwide Comcast footprint.
Prior to this role, Ms. Horne was the chief operating officer at Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks, Inc., a start-up company focused on the construction and operation of rural broadband networks in the Mid-Atlantic states. She also gained international experience as the vice president of network and technology planning at Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc., where she worked in Australia, London and Canada. Her responsibilities included the redesign of the company’s metro networks and product offerings, as well as leading the sale of the Australian business unit in 2012.
Ms. Horne received her Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Northeastern University and has completed leadership development programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Mike Higgins is responsible for driving INAP’s top line growth through customer acquisition and retention strategies. He is a seasoned executive with extensive business development, financial analysis, product management and leadership experience in the data center and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Higgins most recently served as INAP’s senior vice president of sales where he led sales, solutions engineering and client account teams, overseeing the customer experience from initial solution design through onboarding and post-sales account management. Previously, he held the position of senior vice president of marketing and customer service, where he oversaw marketing activities, communications, public relations, branding and strategic planning. In addition, Mr. Higgins also served as INAP’s senior vice president of data center services and was responsible for colocation product management and data center design and engineering. In this role, he led the data center expansion strategy which doubled the size of INAP’s data center footprint across the nation. He joined INAP in January 2004 as vice president of financial planning and analysis.
Prior to INAP, Mr. Higgins held numerous leadership roles in business operations, business development and finance over an 18-year career span at MCI, most recently serving as vice president of business operations.
Mr. Higgins holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Bridgeport and a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University.
Joe DuFresne leads the strategic and financial analyses and execution of inorganic activities including merger and acquisitions, joint-ventures, strategic partnerships, divestitures and other business combinations across INAP’s global footprint. Mr. DuFresne is an experienced corporate finance practitioner with more than 25 years of operating company and investment banking experience.
Prior to INAP, Mr. DuFresne was the CEO and CFO at Broad Valley Micro Fiber Networks, a fiber and wireless infrastructure provider serving the Mid-Atlantic. Mr. DuFresne also spent more than a decade in investment banking where he focused on the telecommunications sector with a focus on infrastructure businesses, including metro fiber and data center-related businesses. Over the course of his banking career, Mr. DuFresne executed a broad array of debt and equity financings and buy and sell-side M&A transactions in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Mr. DuFresne was a member of the media and telecom investment banking groups at UBS and Oppenheimer & Co. and began his banking career in the telecom group at Deutsche Bank Securities.
Mr. DuFresne started his career at UOP, a process technology licensor for the petrochemical and oil and gas industries. While at this company, he lived and worked outside the U.S., including time in Europe, Russia, Asia, South America and Africa in various roles from technical service to project sales.
Mr. DuFresne holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Montana State University.
Richard Ramlall leads INAP’s Investor and Public Relations function. Mr. Ramlall has over 30 years of business development, strategic planning, regulatory, investor relations, and public relations experience in telecom and media. Most recently, he provided through his own firm investor relations, financial and regulatory due diligence and compliance, business development, strategic planning, and public relations consulting to public and private organizations. Mr. Ramlall’s corporate experience includes various roles at Verizon, Bechtel, Spencer Trask Ventures, RCN and Primus.
Mr. Ramlall holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.G.A. (Technology Management) from the University of Maryland.
John Filipowicz leads INAP’s Human Resources function. Mr. Filipowicz has over 20 years of human resources, legal and operations experience in the telecom industry.
Prior to joining INAP, Mr. Filipowicz was the Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated. Also he served as the President of Residential Markets, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel to RCN Corporation.
Mr. Filipowicz holds a J.D. from Western Michigan University and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University.