VirtaMove Management Team
The VirtaMove management team is led by innovative and exerienced DevOps executives.
Nigel W. Stokes, Co-Founder & CEO
Nigel Stokes is the Chief Executive Officer of VirtaMove. Nigel is an experienced software entrepreneur and has founded and built a range of DevOps companies.
He was CEO and co-founder of DataMirror, a real-time data integration company. DataMirror was publicly listed for 12 years and was sold to the Information Management division of IBM in 2007. As a venture investor, Nigel has seed funded a range of software and technology companies.
He is also an avid salt and fresh-water fly fisherman and mycologist. Who doesn’t love eating the odd wild mushroom?
Alex Topitsch, VP Sales
Alex Topitsch has been Vice President of Sales at VirtaMove since 2015. He also Co-founded FutureState IT Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer. He is a proven leader with 15 years of experience leading an IT consulting company.
His company provided services to organizations across North America in the government, financial, and manufacturing verticals. Alex has helped a range of IT service firms grow and guided their technical and sales teams to adapt to the ever-changing complexities of the datacenter. He is an established thought leader in IT infrastructure and a visionary in emerging technology. Alex has a deep understanding of the strategic and architectural challenges of IT.
He is also an avid fisherman and at one time hosted and owned a professional fishing broadcast. Alex has lived the dream!
Mark Woodward, VP Development
As VirtaMove’s VP of Development, Mark Woodward drives product strategies, ensures product delivery, and builds a strong team and culture centered on the product vision. He is a key designer and holds patents on VirtaMove’s migration technology. He has been instrumental in developing critical components underpinning the company’s application virtualization technology.
Mark was educated in England and has over 30 years experience in the high-tech sector. He has deep experience working with embedded devices, OS kernel, and communication development for ground breaking companies like Newbridge and Alcatel. Pushing technological boundaries has always been part of his life.
He is a fully licensed HAM radio operator, restores arcade games, and participates in extreme off-roading, as a trail leader and as a Directors of the Eastern Ontario Trail Blazers. If your combustion engine needs a new seal, or your Land Rover needs a brake job, Mark can likely fix that over lunch.
Nigel W. Stokes, Board of Directors Member
Nigel Stokes is the CEO of VirtaMove. Nigel is an experienced software entrepreneur and venture investor. More details are listed on the Management page.
Joseph Alsop, Board of Directors Member
Joseph Alsop has more than 30 years experience in technology.
As CEO and co-founder of Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS), a supplier of e-business application development, deployment, integration and management products, Joseph led Progress Software Corporation to a position as a recognized global software industry leader with over $500 million in annual revenue.
Joseph graduated from MIT with a BSEE degree and is currently investing in and working with companies in Massachusetts, applying information technology in various areas.
Joe is our Zen master of software, Grasshopper.
Scott Munro, Board of Directors Member
The future is filled with opportunities on a global scale.
My own personal exit story: I have been fortunate to have had two exits where I was the founder or CEO. I do this work because my passion is sharing my experiences with younger entrepreneurs so that hopefully I can help them optimize their objectives.
The one important thing founders should know about venture capital is to treat the capital as if it was your own money. Be open and communicative with your investors and always build confidence in your forecast by under-committing and over-performing. The right VC provides a lot more than money, so get to know your investors and solicit their help and guidance.
Although he would never say it, as founder of PageMill Partners, Scott Munro was one of the most successful Canadian Technology Investment Bankers ever in Silicon Valley.
Greg Dee, Board of Directors Member
Greg Dee has more than 25 years of industry experience. Greg has a proven track record of success working with emerging technology companies to make them market leaders in their respective industries.
Greg is President of HubHead, a leader in software for asset intensive industries. Before joining HubHead, Greg was Vice-President and General Counsel at NexJ Systems, where he grew the company from 30 to 250 employees, which was one of the most successful IPOs of a Canadian software company in the past decade.
Prior to that, Greg served as General Counsel of DataMirror Corporation, which was sold to IBM in 2007. Earlier in his career, Greg served as a lawyer and patent agent, and as a software developer for several early-stage technology ventures.
Greg holds a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Toronto and earned a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
A skilled lawyer and a tech engineer is a rare but handy combination.
Randy Taylor – Corporate Secretary & Counsel
Randy Taylor is a co-founding partner of LaBarge Weinstein LLP, a business law firm. Randy’s practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and technology-related transactions for clients ranging from emerging and public technology companies, venture capital investors and investment banks.
Randy is a 1993 graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a 1987 graduate of Harvard University (Economics).
Prior to co-founding LaBarge Weinstein LLP with Paul LaBarge, Debbie Weinstein and Lawrence Weinstein, Randy was a member of the Ottawa office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon, where he practiced in the Business Law Group.
Randy has lived the Canadian dream of playing hockey for Hockey for Harvard. He is also famous in international fly-fishing circles and is a great supporter of starving musicians.
Dom DeMarco and Alex Seaver
Board of Directors Observers and Senior Advisors
Alex Seaver is a Co-Founder of Stadium Capital Management, LLC and a Managing Partner, and Dom DeMarco is also a Managing Partner at Stadium. Both Alex and Dom are experienced and respected long term, value-based technology investors. As Board observers and private investors in VirtaMove, they provide wise guidance and comment on the direction of the company.
Alex is also a skilled, competitive tennis player. Having played for Harvard, he is our John McEnroe and makes great line calls.
Both Alex and Dom are Stanford MBAs and ask the tough questions that every successful startup needs. Think about it: two Stanford MBAs drilling down!
VirtaMove is fortunate to have such a highly experienced Board of Directors.