Meet Our Team

Apcela’s Leadership

From our founding team to our business leaders that have joined along the way, Apcela brings deep expertise and experience across all domains, IT and networking technologies, and industries. Innovation, integrity and excellence in service delivery are core to our founding principles and part of the way we do business. With nearly 200 years of professional experience across industry-leading companies including Verizon, AT&T, Accenture, LightSquared, BroadSoft and Level 3, our leadership team’s practical experience is balanced by innovation and entrepreneurial drive.

Mark Casey, President & CEO

Mark Casey, Apcela’s President and CEO, is a progressive leader intensely focused on leveraging emerging technologies and his deep knowledge of the global telecom and IT markets to deliver top results for clients, associates and stakeholders.

Mark’s experience and reputation is built on a successful track record of over 25 years in the communications industry delivering results for industry heavyweights including AT&T and Verizon.  Mark joined railroad operator CSX in 2001 to lead CSX Fiber Networks supporting large carriers with complex network optimization. In 2005, Mark led the acquisition of FiberSource,® the core intellectual property among other assets of CSXFN, to form the nucleus of CFN Services.

Now leading Apcela, widely recognized as one of the fastest growing technology firms in North America, Mark and his team specialize in developing high-performance solutions for globally distributed, real-time, mission-critical applications.  Under his leadership, Apcela pioneered the development of the Alpha Platform™, an award winning high-performance private cloud for global, low-latency electronic securities trading.

Mark holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from American University.

John Hardie, Vice President of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, John is responsible for the success of Apcela’s customer engagement and overall revenue growth. He has extensive experience in all aspects of sales and sales management at high-growth companies. At Equinix, John served in several management roles including VP of Eastern US Sales and VP of Business Development. He lead the successful effort to establish Equinix data centers as the primary hubs of Internet traffic and was instrumental in building the company from a startup to over $1.2B in annual revenues.

Earlier in his career, at MFS Communications, John was part of the team that developed MAE-East, one of the Internet’s first commercial Internet exchanges. He also served as Director of Product Management at DIGEX, one of the earliest ISPs and the company widely credited with creating the business of managed hosting.

John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Rob Page, Vice President of Engineering

Rob Page, is the Company’s Vice President of Engineering.  In this capacity Rob leads Apcela’s engineering, product development and operations efforts.

Rob’s experience and reputation as a leader and innovator began in the Marines where he was a platoon commander and led the data communications effort for the 2d Force Service Support Group.

Following Rob’s service in the Marines he co-founded Zope Corporation.  The open source Zope application server was widely recognized for its groundbreaking innovation and global popularity.  Under Rob’s leadership Zope evolved from a provider of professional services to a global provider of a SaaS Content Management System for large media companies including Viacom, Gannett, Knight-Ridder, Landmark, GateHouse and CNHI.

Rob joined Apcela from Reacht, an early stage software company he founded that built an application to increase audience engagement for on-air radio media.

At Apcela Rob is focused on building software-powered, network-leveraged high-performance solutions for globally distributed, real-time, mission-critical applications.

Rob holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida.

 

Ignacio Bravo, Chief Financial Officer

Ignacio Bravo is the Chief Financial Officer for Apcela. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s day-to-day external and internal financial functions, including: accounting, billing, collections, treasury and financial planning and analysis. He also leads initiatives for improving the company’s business processes and overall performance.

Prior to joining Apcela, he served as CFO of LTG Federal, a government contractor that focused on networking and cybersecurity and as Partner at Chesta Bravo, a CPA firm that provided outsourced CFO services to medium size business in the DC area. Before co-funding Chesta Bravo, Ignacio spent 13 years at NII Holdings, most recently in Chile as the interim CFO where he was responsible for the start-up’s deployment as a new nationwide wireless carrier. He also worked in the US and Argentina in progressive functions in FP&A, Treasury and Operations. He started his telecom experience as a corporate finance analyst at Telefonica de Argentina.

Ignacio is a CPA and holds a BA in Business Administration from Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de los Buenos Aires and a Master in Finance from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

 

Mike Weaver, Vice President of Client Solutions

As VP of Client Solutions, Mike is responsible for the growth and delivery of Apcela’s managed services solutions with a focus on ensuring quality, consistency and overall client satisfaction. Mike also oversees Acpela’s network planning, engineering and architecture, as well as the financial management of carrier relations, to ensure alignment with Apcela’s overall product growth and expansion strategy.

With more than 20 years of experience in business development, finance, strategy and program management in the communications and technology sectors, Mike has a proven record leading cross-functional programs ranging from launching new services and lines of business to leading large-scale network optimization and cost-reduction initiatives with both domestic and international scope.

Prior to Apcela, Mike served as Director of Strategic Programs at XO Communications where he led the company’s $150M transformation program, helped define and launch its Cloud IaaS solutions, and was responsible for end-of-life cycle planning and execution of the company’s legacy TDM services. Mike also held multiple leadership roles at MCI and played a significant role in helping the company emerge from bankruptcy and chart a new strategy for growth and eventual sale to Verizon.

Mike has a BS from Indiana University.

David Clowser, Vice President of Customer Operations

Dave Clowser is Vice President of Customer Operations at Apcela Services. He is responsible for all customer-facing operations including service provisioning, communications and support with the goal of ensuring operational excellence and the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Dave also oversees data center and carrier relationships, which includes network development and performance improvement across Apcela’s global low latency network and high-performance infrastructure supporting sophisticated financial markets participants worldwide.

With over 35 years in the telecommunications industry in sales, operations, business process and business development roles, Dave brings a breadth of experience helping companies achieve their business-driven network goals. Prior to joining Apcela, Dave held Senior Director and VP-level positions at Northern Telecom, ITT, Sprint and Universal Access/Vanco. At Sprint, Dave recruited and led a sales support and reporting organization of 75 that successfully supported 20% yearly sales growth. At Universal Access, Dave was responsible for the development of sales planning and support programs for strategic accounts that drove 40% sales growth.

Marc LaForest, Vice President of Global Network Operations

Marc LaForest is Vice President of Global Network Operations at Apcela. He is responsible for overall management of the global network and infrastructure supporting Apcela’s high-performance network and application delivery solutions. Marc also oversees the continual optimization and expansion of Apcela’s “evergreen” low latency network and the Alpha Platform™, the company’s global cloud platform for automated securities trading.

Marc brings over 20 years of experience in the engineering, deployment and operations of SONET, DWDM and IP/MPLS Transport Optical Networks for large telecommunications companies and network operators. He has held positions of increasing responsibility at AT&T Mobility, Intellifiber, Level 3 Communications, Looking Glass Networks and OSP Consultants. His roles have included management of key initiatives driving operational effectiveness and efficiency throughout AT&T Mobility’s major Northeast markets and responsibility for network engineering across Intellifiber territories consisting of 200+ PoPs covering more than 6,000 route miles. During his tenure at Looking Glass Networks, Marc managed all construction, operation and maintenance activities for the deployment of a fiber optic network in one of the company’s largest US metro markets.

Marc’s deep expertise in large-scale network deployment, operations and maintenance enables him to provide leadership and direction for ensuring high performance and high availability across Apcela’s global network.