Board of Directors
As Skytap’s Chief Executive Officer, Thor is responsible for overall company strategy and operational execution. Prior to joining Skytap, Thor was the CEO of Stratavia, where he successfully transformed the company from an early stage managed services business to a software license business focused on data center automation and private cloud deployments. After Stratavia’s acquisition by HP in 2010, Thor was VP Sales, Global Accounts for HP Software and Solutions, where he led a team of 200 sales professionals and was responsible for revenue generation of HP’s largest software customers. In 2012, Thor founded willbeHired, a social recruitment platform for enterprises. Thor has also served in leadership roles at companies including IBM, Informix, and Tektronix.Thor holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland.
Frank Artale is a partner with Ignition Partners. Frank was most recently Group Vice President, Business Development at Citrix Systems. He has over 26 years of experience in the software industry and was responsible for all aspects of Citrix's business development with software and hardware technology partners.
Frank joined Citrix from XenSource where he was responsible for strategic marketing and business development. Prior to XenSource, Artale was a founder and CEO of Consera Software, a management software company, which was acquired by HP in 2004. Before founding Consera, Frank was Vice President of the Windows Solutions Group for VERITAS Software, where he oversaw overall product strategy of the Windows targeted solutions. He also held the position of General Manager In the Windows 2000 Group at Microsoft Corporation, one of the many and varied product management and sales positions he held during his nine-year career with the company. Before joining Microsoft, he held positions as a software engineer and engineering manager building trader workstation and retail brokerage delivery systems first at an IBM/Merrill Lynch joint venture (IMNET), then at FD Consulting.
Frank attended Polytechnic Institute of New York as a Board of Trustees Scholar where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Scott has been a Venture Capitalist since 2000, first as a senior Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners, and then as the founder of OpenView Venture Partners. He has worked with numerous companies to help them craft and realize their visions. At OpenView, and previously at Insight, Scott worked to develop and communicate the vision that an institutionalized venture capital firm can – and should – offer meaningful value beyond the capital that it invests. He has spent over a decade iterating on that approach, which includes the development of our investment focus and team, OpenView Labs team, and our content sites for executives.
Before founding OpenView, Scott joined Insight Venture Partners in 2000 as the Chief Operating Officer. At Insight, Scott led the effort to institutionalize the investment process, outbound program, value-add program, and finance, legal, and administration departments. After institutionalizing the investment strategy and infrastructure, Scott started leading deal work in 2001 and was the partner responsible for investing in eight of Insight's portfolio companies. Prior to becoming a Venture Capitalist in 2000, Scott spent the 1990s primarily working with financial services companies. Scott was a Partner at Putnam Investments, where he was Managing Director, Corporate Development, and was appointed to run Putnam's alternative asset management program. Prior to Putnam Investments, he was Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, where he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Global Equity Division and a member of the Global Equities Executive Committee. Before Lehman, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he focused primarily on financial institutions. Scott graduated from M.I.T. with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. He also has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Matt McIlwain has been a member of the Skytap Board of Directors since 2006. At Madrona, he focuses on a broad range of software-driven companies and has previously sat on the board of many successfully companies including iConclude (acquired by Opsware), Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive), and World Wide Packets (acquired by Ciena) and continues to serve on the board of Isilon (NASDAQ: ISLN). He is a board member of the Washington Technology Industry Association, the Villa Academy, serves on Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna's Technology Advisory Board, and serves on the advisory board of Families Northwest. Mr. McIlwain teaches a course on venture finance for the University of Washington Technology MBA Program. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.