Our Team

Our Leadership Team

Coda is built on a team of seasoned entrepreneurs, technologists and individuals who have come together to create a unique company. A core belief at Coda is that culture and teamwork are more important than any other aspect of professional life. Meet our team below.

Sam Fatigato

Sam Fatigato

C.E.O.

Sam has been a successful entrepreneur and executive for both privately held and public companies.  After a 12 year career at IBM, Sam co-founded Compete in 1995 and helped build it into one of the largest WebSphere consultancies.  Compete was acquired by Perficient, a publicly held technical services firm in 2000.  The acquisition of Compete introduced an IBM relationship to Perficient, where Sam served as COO for two years.  Sam co-founded Ascendant Technology in 2004 and as CEO built a global team, recognized for quality delivery and the alignment of technology for business advantage.   

A passionate leader, Sam has been attracting and retaining top talent and building long term relationships with clients and partners for over 25 years. He actively participates on the boards of several technology firms, including Oculus360 and Portland Software.  In his role as a Global Leader of Avnet Services, Sam managed the software and services relationships with IBM, SAP, HP, and Oracle. Sam is a competitive sportsman and enjoys golf, basketball and bocce.

 

Sharan Gurunathan

Sharan Gurunathan

Managing Partner - Global Delivery

Sharan was one of the key members responsible for establishing global delivery capabilities at Ascendant Technology and helped successfully transition those operations to Avnet Services when they acquired Ascendant in 2012. During his tenure at Avnet Services, Sharan guided the profitable growth of the global delivery organization from first employee to 150 offshore resources. He transformed the services delivery organization into a hub of innovation by building futuristic ideas, delivering accelerators and developing products and assets. Sharan strongly believes that innovation is driven by culture and with that philosophy as foundation, he is building Coda’s Delivery and Innovation Center in India, which is focused on customer success, employee growth and innovation. Sharan is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. He enjoys cricket, trekking, yoga and travel.

Troy

Troy Vetter

Managing Partner - Cloud

Troy has a diverse background and innovative leadership qualities that enables Coda to outpace the market with its Cloud business. Sam Fatigato, CEO of Coda Global, says this about Troy: “Troy is a force of nature. He is visionary, but also knows how to balance a long term view with getting results for his clients today. The ability to deliver both short and long term results for our clients is a core Coda tenet. We are fortunate to have Troy join our team.” Mr. Vetter has built and grown several successful Cloud and Data Center Automation practices since 2006.  He has led teams that have built over 100 private, public, or hybrid clouds that are currently hosting over one million workloads. Troy has a distinctive method for blending the practical with the strategic into a whole that he likes to describe as “visionarily pragmatic”.  This blend of skills and traits is displayed most frequently in his project delivery methods, presenting style, and training workshops. His home base will be the North Texas – DFW area, more specifically, where he enjoys time with wife and 8 children.

Cheng Zhou

Cheng Zhou

Managing Partner - Product Development

Cheng has been in software development for the past 18 years. He has a wide breadth of experience building enterprise software for Fortune 500/Global 1000 customers. After an eight-year career in Austin startup companies including Trilogy (now Versata) and WhisperWire, Cheng joined the team at Ascendant where he built the WebSphere and Social computing practices. Prior to joining Coda, Cheng was Engineering Fellow at The Advisory Board Company, a leading provider of technology, consulting, and research in healthcare and higher education. At the Advisory Board, Cheng led numerous software development teams, building from a team of ten engineers to a global team of over 300. Cheng is based in Austin, TX. Cheng has led technical due diligence for numerous M&A deals, including The Advisory Board’s $850M acquisition of Royall & Company. He built The Advisory Board’s Crimson family of products from two to eleven, growing a global team in Austin, Chennai, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, and Washington D.C. Most recently Cheng led the design of The Advisory Board’s cloud transformation plans to migrate our applications from on-premise to cloud-hosted across a breadth of Windows and Linux technologies.

Terry Goodwin

Terry Goodwin

Partner - Operations

Terry has been in the IT services business for over 25 years. His business philosophy is to keep things simple, integrated and elegant. After graduating from University of Miami with a BS in System Analysis and an MBA, he started with a small technology company that developed one of the first commercially available CD-ROM-based products. Leveraging the custom-built imaging solution that was developed for that business, that business evolved in designing and developing customized image solutions based on IBM technology. In 2000, Terry co-founded en technologies, an IBM 5-Star business partner, that focused on emerging portal technology. In 2010, Terry joined Ascendant Technology and was VP Operations and GM for their East Region until Avnet acquired them in 2012. Most recently, he was Senior Director of North American Operations for the Business and IT Solutions group of Avnet Services. Terry is an avid, albeit average golfer and also enjoys woodworking and refinishing furniture in his spare time.

Will Strickland

Will Strickland

Partner - Business Development

Will  brings over 20 years of software solution executive experience to the team. Will is a strong believer in the tenets of conscious capitalism and principle-based leadership.  He joins following 12 years of sales leadership and exceptional performance at Ascendant Technology and Avnet Services. Will has a proven track record and a deep understanding of business transformation leveraging technology. Prior to joining Ascendant, Will was the CEO and founder of Cutting Edge Strategies, an IBM beacon award winning partner and one of industry’s first software and services focused business partners. Before founding Cutting Edge, Will flew the AH1-W Cobra as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Will was also responsible for developing the initial uses of software to facilitate battle and strategic planning in the field. Will is also the Founder of BrilliantBlaze, a leading client engagement firm and a member of the Board for the Rutherford Institute, one of the nation’s oldest civil liberties organizations

Joe Pearse

Joe Pearse

Partner - Operations

Joe has over 15 years of overall experience with expertise in global managed services. Combining his delivery leadership, technical architecture, communication and organization skills, Joe built the Managed Services and India practices at Ascendant Technology. When Ascendant was acquired by Avnet, Inc. in 2012, Joe assumed the role of Senior Director of Global Delivery and was responsible for Avnet Services’s Global Managed Services, India operations and the Software Lifecycle practice, which included Quality Assurance, DevOps, Software Engineering, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM).  In his spare time, Joe enjoys being a hand-servant to his two children, mountain biking and debating the merits of American football versus Cricket.

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