Chief Executive Officer
Chief Technology Officer

Kindra Martone

Chief Revenue Officer

Arnold Magcale

Founder Chief Scientist

Paul Royere

Senior Vice President Finance & Administration

Ashley Sturm

Vice President of Marketing

Chad Romine

Co-Founder Vice President Business Development
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Patrick Quirk

Vice President Marketing


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Advisory Board Member

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James Connaughton

James Connaughton is a globally distinguished energy, environment, technology expert, as both corporate leader and White House policymaker. Mr. Connaughton is the CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, a high-performance, ultra-efficient, and sustainable data center infrastructure company powered by its proprietary water-cooling system. Before joining Nautilus Data Technologies, he served as Executive Vice President of C3.ai, a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation.

From 2009-2013, Mr. Connaughton was Executive Vice President and a member of the Management Committee of Exelon and Constellation Energy, two of America’s cleanest, competitive suppliers of electricity, natural gas, and energy services. In 2001, Mr. Connaughton was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He served as President George W. Bush’s senior advisor on energy, environment, and natural resources, and as Director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy. During his eight-year service, Mr. Connaughton worked closely with the President, the Cabinet, and the Congress to develop and implement energy, environment, natural resource, and climate change policies. An avid ocean conservationist, Mr. Connaughton helped establish four of the largest and most ecologically diverse marine resource conservation areas in the world.

Mr. Connaughton is a member of the Advisory Board of the ClearPath Foundation and serves as an Advisor to X (Google’s Moonshot Factory) and Shine Technologies, a medical and commercial isotope company. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Resources for the Future and a member of the Advisory Boards at Yale’s Center on Environmental Law and Policy and Columbia’s Global Center on Energy Policy.

Rob Pfleging

Most recently, Rob was the Senior Vice President of Global Solutions at Vertiv Co, formerly Emerson Network Power. Vertiv Co is an international company that designs, develops and maintains critical infrastructures that run vital applications in data centers, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities. Rob was responsible for the global solutions line of business at ​​Vertiv, which serves the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to Vertiv, Rob was the Vice President of Expansion and Innovation, Datacenter Engineering at CenturyLink, where he was responsible for 55 datacenters across North America, Europe and Asia. Before working for CenturyLink, Rob was the Executive Director of Computer/Data Center Operations at Mercy, where he led datacenter engineering and operations, desktop field services, call center services, and asset management and logistics for more than 40 hospitals. Before fulfilling this mission at Mercy, Rob held various engineering management and sales positions at Schneider Electric. Rob Pfleging additionally served for 6 years in the United States Marine Corps.

Patrick Quirk

Patrick Quirk is a business and technology executive who specializes in operations management, strategic partnerships, and technology leadership in data center, telecommunications, software, and semiconductor markets. Prior to joining Nautilus, he spent the past year working with small businesses and non-profits on survival and growth strategies in addition to PE advisory roles for critical infrastructure acquisitions. Quirk was the President of Avocent Corp, a subsidiary of Vertiv, the Vice President and General Manager for the IT Systems business, and the VP/GM of Converged Systems at Emerson Network Power, providing data center management infrastructure for data center IT, power, and thermal management products. He has held numerous global leadership roles in startups and large multinational companies including LSI and Motorola in the networking and semiconductor markets.

Kindra Martone

Kindra Martone has more than 20 years experience in the technology industry and has served in a wide range of executive and  sales leadership roles for companies ranging from early stage start-ups to publicly-traded, global enterprises.

During her 10+ years with the management team at IO, Martone served in a number of executive roles including Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing.  Under Martone’s management, IO Data Centers successfully closed $1 billion in colocation sales and acquired 700+ new customers such as Goldman Sachs, Savvis, Allianz Global Investors, CBS Interactive, BMC Software, LexisNexis and more.  Her prior roles at IO included Senior Vice President, Global Ecosystem in which she developed and implemented international distribution channels consisting of hundreds of global partners . Prior to IO, Martone served in a number of executive and sales leadership roles at Cisco Systems during which time she successfully closed the largest transaction in the Western region, was named the “Top Performing Sales Executive” by CEO, John Chambers, and implemented and managed a global Proposal  Experts team.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Martone has specialized in Computer Science Engineering and Psychology. 

Arnold Magcale

Arnold Magcale is founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nautilus Data Technologies. As a recognized leader and respected visionary in the technology industry, he specializes in data center infrastructure, high-availability networks, cloud design, and Software as a Service (SaaS) Technology.

While serving on the management team of Exodus Communications, he launched one of Silicon Valley’s first data centers. Mr. Magcale’s background includes executive positions at Motorola Mobility, where his team deployed the first global Droid devices, and LinkSource Technologies and The Quantum Capital Fund, serving as Chief Technology Officer. He was an early adopter and implementer of Cloud Computing and a member of the team at Danger, Inc., acquired by Microsoft.

Mr. Magcale had a distinguished ten year career in the United States Navy Special Forces. His military and maritime expertise provided the foundation for inventing the world’s first commercial waterborne data center.

Paul Royere

Paul Royere is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Nautilus Data Technologies. For more than twenty years, he has specialized in finance and administration leadership for emerging technology companies, guiding them through high growth commercialization. In addition to senior team roles guiding strategic business operations, Mr. Royere has directed cross-functional teams in implementing business support systems, designing and measuring business plan performance, leading pre/post-merger activities, and delivering requisite corporate, tax and audit compliance.

While at 365 Data Centers, Mr. Royere served as Vice President of Finance leading a multi-discipline restructuring in preparation for the successful sale of seventeen data centers. As Vice President and Corporate Controller at Reliance Globalcom, Royere led the finance and business support teams to and through the conversion from a privately held company to a subsidiary of an international public conglomerate.

Ashley Sturm

Ashley Sturm is a marketing and strategy leader with more than 15 years of experience developing strategic marketing initiatives to increase brand affinity, shape the customer experience, and grow market share. As the Vice President of Marketing at Nautilus Data Technologies, Ashley is responsible for all global marketing initiatives; she integrates the corporate strategy, marketing, branding, and customer experience to best serve clients and produce real business results. Before joining Nautilus Data Technologies, she served as the Senior Director of Marketing Brand and Content for NTT Global Data Centers Americas, spearheading marketing efforts to open two out of six data center campuses. Prior to NTT, Ashley led global marketing through the startup of Vertiv’s Global Data Center Solutions business unit, where she developed the unit’s foundational messaging and established global and regional marketing teams. Ashley’s career experience includes extensive work with the US Navy through the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness as well as broadcast journalism. Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in converged media from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

Chad Romine

Chad Romine has over two decades of experience in technical and strategic business development. As Vice President of Business Development for Nautilus Data Technologies, Mr. Romine brings global connectivity to some of the most prominent global influencers in technology. Mr. Romine has led startups and under-performing companies to successful maturity built largely upon solid partnerships. Proven results in negotiating mutually beneficial strategic alliances and joint ventures. Outside of work, Chad has invested time fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Mr. Romine recently helped secure funding and led marketing for the completion of a new private University.

Pat Casey

Pat Casey serves Nautilus Data Technologies as a Strategic Advisor. Previously, Pat worked with Kerry Group Plc., the Global Food, Taste, and Nutrition Company, for over 30 years where he spent the last 10 years as the Group CIO and Senior Vice President.

Mr. Casey has vast business and ICT experience from his time with Westinghouse and Kerry Group where he provided leadership in the design of large industrial systems; delivering major business transformation programs; driving the integration of many significant acquisitions worldwide, and building a true Global ICT organization servicing global business needs.

Peter Nassab

Peter is President of NGV Group, a business focused on early-stage company growth, international ventures, and supply chain optimization. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey.

A business executive with 35 years of experience in the defense, energy, and infrastructure industries, Peter has held leadership positions in operating companies, service providers, and consulting firms; among them: Raytheon, Enron & ConocoPhillips. His expertise in global business management, complex contracting, capital project execution, and supply chain operations enables him to provide value-oriented solutions for growth and operating challenges.

Jay Kerley

Jay Kerley joined Applied Materials, Inc. in 2006 and has been chief information officer (CIO) since 2011. He was promoted to group vice president in July 2013 and is responsible for providing a long-term technology vision that supports the company’s strategies and operating requirements. He leads the Global Information Services (GIS) organization to enable worldwide business solutions and infrastructure that support the company’s market needs. Additionally, he is an external advocate of GIS and promotes awareness of end-user technology trends that link to Applied‘s strategic capabilities.

Mr. Kerley has more than 20 years of industry experience across business verticals including pharmaceutical R&D, global logistics, and high-tech, leading IT transformation and globalization. Under his executive leadership, he and his teams have been recognized for IT leadership in Computerworld’s “100 Best Places to Work in IT” (five years running) and “Premier 100 IT Leaders,” the “InformationWeek 500” and CIO’s “100 Business Technology Leaders.”

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