Martin McCarthy - CEO

Martin McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer for The 451 Group, a global independent technology research, analysis and professional services firm specializing in enterprise IT. Martin currently also serves as Executive Chairman of Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group.  Martin has been a technology innovator since the late 1970s, and has prior executive management responsibilities as an owner/operator with a variety of software, service and information companies, most recently IDD Enterprises on Wall Street. Early in his career, he ran the largest division at Western Union corporation, in charge of worldwide messaging services including telex and Easylink electronic mail.

W. Pitt Turner IV, PE - Global Executive, Networks

Mr. Turner IV is Global Executive of the Uptime Institute Networks and Senior Tier Certification Authority for Uptime Institute Professional Services. He has helped clients justify several billion dollars of site infrastructure investments since 1992. Mr. Turner and Mr. Hank Seader invented what has become the industry standard Tier-level site infrastructure rating system.

Julian Kudritzki - COO

Mr. Kudritzki joined the Uptime Institute in 2004 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the global proliferation of Uptime Institute Standards. He has supported the founding of Uptime Institute offices in numerous regions, including Brasil, Russia, and North Asia. He has collaborated on the development of numerous Uptime Institute publications, education programs, and unique initiatives such as Server Roundup and FORCSS.

Lee Kirby - President

Mr. Kirby is President, providing thought leadership, global services, new product development and strategic marketing. In addition to his many years as a successful technology industry leader, he has masterfully balanced a successful military career over 36 years (Ret. Colonel). As the founder of Salute Inc., he continues to be a champion for hiring military veterans in the data center industry and serves as an advisor to many veteran support organizations.

In addition to an MBA from University of Washington and further studies at Henley School of Business in London and Stanford University, Lee holds professional certifications in management and security (ITIL v3 Expert, Lean Six Sigma, CCO).

Chris Brown - Chief Technical Officer

Chris Brown’s 14-plus-year career in critical facilities includes analyzing requirements, retrofitting existing systems, performing capacity planning, and implementing new facilities design. He has experience managing the operation and maintenance of critical facility infrastructure, managing maintenance personnel and creating preventive maintenance programs. With more than 11 years in data center design and operation industry, he also has valuable experience in the areas of engineering design, equipment selection, installation and troubleshooting.

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