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Our Team

Our service-obsessed team is focused on your success!
Our amazing team is global and growing. We have staff located all around the world, covering many markets, languages, and service needs.  With over 25 years of experience, our team of experts will help drive your business forward, now and in the decades to come.  

Leadership Team

Derek Garnier
Derek Garnier is a 35-year industry veteran in digital infrastructure, specializing in corporate strategy, and has successfully built, operated, and sold companies.

He was most recently co-founder of Arcadian Infracom, a long-haul fiber optic company operating in the Southwest. Prior to Arcadian, Derek served as President and COO of Evocative Datacenters which he again joins as President and COO.

Derek also served as the CEO of Layer42 Networks, a national network services and colocation provider, which he successfully exited in 2015 through a sale to Wave Broadband. Post-acquisition, Derek continued as Wave’s SVP of Datacenter services. Before his tenure at Layer42 Networks, Derek held management positions at QTS Datacenters and AboveNet Communications through the acquisition of Sitesmith, a global managed services provider of which he was an early employee. 

Derek began his career as an engineer, serving in the rolefor network and data center provider ISI, later renamed Global Crossing via multiple acquisitions, as well as at network companies MFS Datanet and Cabletron Systems.
Chief Executive Officer
David Glettner
Over 20 years experience as a hands-on manager with experience designing, constructing and implementing technology solutions with the goal of expanding brand recognition and reach, lowering operational costs, increasing efficiency and fostering communication.

- Salesforce Certified

 - Focusing on elegant solutions to repeatably drive business results

- Work with organizations of all sizes to understand how to properly leverage the various digital mediums from web, mobile, social, offline digital and kiosks.

- Repeated success in implementing complex B2B and B2C technology initiatives involving multiple legacy and new systems and databases to service a multitude of stakeholders including interdepartmental members, VP/C-level management and external stakeholders. 

- Enjoy developing, growing and fostering camaraderie between cross-functional and technical teams at all skill levels. Including establishing and executing on an overarching team/department vision. 

- Work as an in-house and outsourced CIO, CTO, CPO, product owner, special project lead and innovation/ideation specialist to drive thought leadership and business growth.

- Working to establish and empower product and technology teams through agile, extreme and lean methodologies. Proven success in starting new tech and product teams through the full lifecycle of growth.
Chief Operating Officer
Ted Mektrakarn
As Chief Evangelist, Ted Mektrakarn brings over 15 years of experiences in technology development and management. Ted is responsible for the company’s vision, strategic direction, and operational management. Ted carries significant multi-industry knowledge and experience, advancing high-growth technology startups and industry-leading Fortune 500 companies alike. He is known for his ability to take promising technologies and organizations to the next level.

Ted’s experience in the industry includes past positions with companies like Brocade Communications thru the acquisition of Foundry Networks, Vivendi Universals – MP3.com and AT&T CERFnet. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the largest Internet exchange system, Coresite’s Any2 Network Exchange.
Chief Evangelist
Stacy Diaz
Stacy Diaz brings more than 25 years of Human Resources experience, leading HR teams of fortune 500 companies. As a senior HR leader, Stacy has worked in multiple industries including Finance, Healthcare, Hospitality, Insurance, and Pharmaceuticals.

Stacy holds a Masters in Human Resources Management, is certified in Employment Law and brings to Evocative decades of experience in the area of Human Resources specifically employee relations, compliance, diversity and inclusion, org development, strategic planning, and overall employee experience.

In her free time, Stacy enjoys running, mountain biking, skiing and camping.
Chief Administrative Officer
Tony Hansel
In his role, Mr. Hansel is responsible for all of the company’s legal, corporate governance, and compliance matters. Mr. Hansel brings over 25 years of legal experience as a practicing attorney in the digital infrastructure industry. 

Prior to joining Evocative, he served as General Counsel for EXA Infrastructure and as senior vice president of legal, compliance, and government regulatory matters for GTT Communications. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Hansel served as in-house counsel for Net2000 Communications, Covad Communications, and MegaPath, and as a lawyer in private practice with Swidler Berlin LLP (now Morgan Lewis) in Washington, DC. He started his career as an electrical engineer at SRA International, a technology consulting company.
General Counsel
John Semmens
John is the Vice President of Sales for Evocative. He brings 20+ years building and leading high performing sales teams in the digital infrastructure space. Over his career, John has held sales leadership roles in Enterprise, Wholesale and Channel, most recently at INAP where he served as Vice President of Sales.

Prior to INAP, John led an enterprise sales team at Zayo, focused on building network for many of the Hyperscalers as well as Fortune 1000 companies.

John holds a B.S. of Business Management from the University of San Francisco.

When John is not working, John enjoys spending his time with his wife and 3 kids.
Vice President, Sales
Renee Lawrence
Renée Lawrence is responsible for Evocative’s global marketing organization, brand strategy, corporate communications, product marketing, field and partner marketing, and insights and analytics. Renée is a technology executive with extensive experience in data center operations, IT infrastructure technologies, managed services, product lifecycle management, and global channel development.

Prior to joining Evocative, Renée held senior marketing, product management, operations and global alliance roles with GlobalCenter, Exodus Communications, Savvis (now Lumen), EMC Corporation, and VCE. Renée has an MBA from the University of San Diego, a BA from the University of California, San Diego, and studied Strategic Marketing Management at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Vice President, Global Marketing
Steve Rubin
Steve Rubin is a 30+ year industry veteran and is VP, Network Engineering at Evocative. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the company’s global network, ranging from the core backbone between data centers and markets to customer premise network access and the hardware and software that powers these connections. In addition, Steve manages the Security team, ensuring secure data transmission from customers and along the Evocative backbone.

Prior to Evocative, Steve managed the network engineering team at Crowdstrike, implementing and managing their global fiber, optical, and IP backbone. Previously, he was the co-founder, CEO and CTO of Layer42 Networks, which was successfully sold to Wave Broadband in 2015. Earlier in his career, Steve assisted many companies from inception including Napster, AboveNet Communications, Exodus Communications, Global Center, Aimnet, and Netcom. He is an active participant with many of the network groups shaping today’s Internet service offerings.
Vice President, Network Engineering
Savi Singh
Savi Singh has over 10 years of experience in accounting, with five years of experience in the data center and telecommunications industry. He has successfully led financial and accounting operations through numerous acquisitions.

Savi started his career as a Tax Specialist and then broadened his professional expertise by moving into a corporate and startup sector. Prior to joining Evocative, Savi served as a Revenue Manager of 365 Data Centers.

In his free time, he enjoys photography and hiking with his dog.
Vice President, Finance, Accounting, and Human Resources
Ed Buck
Edward Buck is the Vice President of Technology and Service delivery at Evocative. Ed’s executive responsibility includes the design, delivery, maintenance, operations and support of all Evocative services. Prior to joining Evocative, Ed was a VP at UnitedLayer, a San Francisco based Colocation and Hosting Company.

Ed also founded ASPextra in 2003, a company focused on providing scalable and highly available managed hosting solutions. At ASPextra, Ed built a network and service delivery internet infrastructure compromising of multiple, geographically dispersed data centers serving clients in the US, Europe and Asia.

Ed is a regular contributor to a number of open source projects. He received his B.A. from Pomona College.
Vice President, Technology & Service Delivery
Mohamed Arab
Mohamed Arab serves as the company’s Vice President of Cloud and Managed Services. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, operational management, and technical product innovation. 

Prior to joining Evocative, Mohamed served as VP of Technology for Hivelocity and Chief Technology Officer for Rack Alley LLC, which he founded, grew, and divested in 2017. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering and brings to Evocative decades of experience in the area of Internet technologies specifically design, security, support, and sales.

Mohamed is fluent in three languages and, in his spare time, he enjoys cycling, sailing, and a good ebook.
Vice President, Cloud & Managed Services
Ricky Zheng
Ricky Zheng is the Vice President and General Manager for Evocative operations in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. Ricky brings over 20 years of experience delivering technology solutions to the Commercial, State, Local, and Federal government sectors in Hawaii and US affiliated territories located throughout the Pacific region.

Prior to joining Evocative, Ricky founded ZR Systems Group LLC in 2006, a Hawaii based company focused on providing Managed IT Services, Colocation & Cloud solutions, Equipment Sales, and Consulting services. During that tenure, ZR Systems was placed three times on the Pacific Business News’ Fastest 50 Growing Companies list and consistently placed in the Top 5 in IT Services Firms and Cloud Provider rankings.

Ricky has a BBA in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. When he’s not at work or with his family, Ricky enjoys working with local non-profit and public service organizations to stay involved in the community.
Vice President & General Manager, Hawaii and Pacific Islands

Our Core Values

Evocative is a company that believes strongly in core values and how each and every member of our team embodies them. Our core values at Evocative help to guide everything that we do as an organization. These values include integrity, dedication, clear communication, and adaptability. The integrity, dedication, and commitment of our employees are crucial to Evocative because these core values inform everything we do.
Core Values

We are here to help, every day

At Evocative, we understand that your data is your business. Our services are designed with an architecture that’s not only secure and compliant, but also open and flexible. 

With Evocative, not only does your data stay private — you stay in total control of it, with the ability to facilitate the exchange of critical information across your hybrid and multi-cloud environments, with scalable solutions to choose from.
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