President and Chief Operating Officer, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Brand is Fusion’s President and Chief Operating Officer and serves as interim Chief Executive Officer, appointed by Fusion’s board of directors effective October 2019. He has more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry, spanning a diverse set of skills including leadership roles in customer support, service delivery, network engineering/operations and product management. Kevin joined Fusion as part of the company’s acquisition of the Cloud and Business Services business of Birch Communications Holdings, Inc. in May 2018. Prior to joining Birch in 2017, Kevin spent 15 years in leadership roles at EarthLink including EVP, Business Services, Consumer Products and Support. Previously, he led EarthLink’s Network Operations and Network Engineering teams. Earlier in his career, Kevin held senior roles at AT&T and started his career at Bell Labs. Kevin holds a B.S. in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chief Financial Officer
Keith Soldan joined the Company in May 2018 as Vice President, Finance through the acquisition of Birch where he served as Vice President, Corporate Finance and Accounting since March 2017. Prior to joining Birch Communications in March 2017, Keith served as Vice President, Corporate Controller for Internap from March 2016 to March 2017 and as its Vice President Corporate Finance from March 2014 to March 2016. Prior to joining Internap in March 2014, Keith worked at EarthLink from July 2005 through April 2014 where he held various positions including Senior Director/Divisional Chief Financial Officer. Keith is a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Technology Officer
Brian George is responsible for Fusion's multi-disciplinary teams in Technology, Engineering, IT and Development, Network and Infrastructure. Brian has been in the communications industry for over 14 years and has spent the last five with Fusion. Brian leads Fusion's engineering and development teams to evolve and manage the company's Cloud Services platforms and infrastructure. Brian sets the course for Fusion's technology advancements, anticipating dynamically changing opportunities to enhance, expand and optimize Fusion's integrated cloud solutions platform. Prior to joining Fusion, Brian held leadership positions in engineering and operations for several New York metro area ISPs, AT&T Wireless, and Unilever.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Prior to joining Fusion, Jim served as General Counsel and Secretary at Hibernia Networks, a provider of global capacity solutions recently acquired by GTT Communications. At Hibernia Networks he was responsible for its legal and regulatory matters, including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and litigation. Prior to joining Hibernia Networks, Jim served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at One Communications Corp., a communications services company created in June 2006 from the combination of CTC Communications Corp., Choice One Communications and Conversent Communications. Prior to joining CTC Communications in 2003, Jim served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Viatel Holding (Bermuda) Limited (and its predecessor Viatel, Inc.). Earlier in his career, Jim was a partner in the securities practice group at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, New York.
Senior Vice President - Operations
Joe Haines leads Service Delivery, Field Operations and Sales Support for the company. Prior to joining Fusion, Joe was responsible for Field Operations, the Network Operations Center, and Advanced Services Activation and Support for Birch Communications. Joe has over thirty years' experience as a communications executive, and has developed strong expertise in building and managing networks and support organizations. Prior to joining the Birch team, Joe held several progressive leadership positions in rapidly expanding communications companies. Joe served most recently as Vice President of Forerunner Technologies, and as Vice President of Field Operations and Network Operations for Deltacom, which is now Windstream.
Senior Vice President - Marketing, Account Management and Sales Enablement
Tadashi Egami is Fusion’s SVP of Marketing, Account Management and Sales Enablement. He has more than 20 years of experience in the technology space, with leadership positions spanning the Sales and Marketing function, including leading Account Management, Customer Success and Sales Operations at various times over his years at MegaPath, Product Marketing at Covad, Americas Field Marketing for the Network Division at Ericsson and CRM for one of the operating companies within J&J. Earlier in his career, Tadashi was a Senior Associate at the consulting firm of Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he led multiple strategic engagements for Fortune 500 companies. Tadashi holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a Masters of Engineering Management from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
Senior Vice President - Channel Sales
Michael Fair, Fusion’s Senior Vice President and Channel Chief, is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience creating, managing and integrating successful channel programs. Previously, Michael held key leadership roles at Charter, EarthLink, One Communications and Qwest. Most recently, Michael served as Managing Partner at MarketRace, a leading channel consulting company focused on ensuring the sales success of its clients through effectively designing, building and managing superior indirect channel programs and sales teams.