Chad L. Williams
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Chad Williams has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since founding QTS in 2003. Chad has more than 24 years of experience in the management and development of various private companies and more than 14 years of experience in the ownership, management and development of commercial real estate, the last eight of which have been focused on data center properties. In his role as CEO, Chad has been directly involved in every aspect of our business, from strategic acquisition and financing, to site selection, design, development and construction and customer management.
In 2003, Chad leveraged his experience developing, owning and managing mission-critical facilities and began acquiring data centers with the strategy of building a national presence to provide this type of facility. Under Chad’s leadership and through a series of acquisitions, the business grew from operating a single facility to a national and fully integrated data center platform. Today, under Chad’s leadership, we operate 25 data center facilities totally approximately 4.8 million gross square feet. Chad’s vision of obtaining and revitalizing large, scalable properties in growing data center markets has become the cornerstone of our business strategy.
Chad is on the board of the US Dream Academy, an organization that focuses on intervening in the lives of children of incarcerated parents. Its mission is to empower these at-risk children to maximize their potential by providing them with academic social and values-enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology. Chad lives in Lenexa, KS with his wife and three children.
Philip P. Trahanas
Philip Trahanas is a former Managing Director at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm. Mr. Trahanas has a combination of experience in operating, investment banking and private equity roles. Mr. Trahanas is a member of the Board of Directors at exp. Global Inc. and TASC. Prior board memberships and affiliations include SRA International (NYSE: SRX), PowerDsine, Vindigo and ZTango among others.
Mr. Trahanas joined General Atlantic in 2000 from Morgan Stanley. During his tenure within Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking division, Mr. Trahanas worked on the High Technology Corporate Finance team, was a Merger and Acquisition specialist and was a member of the division's operating management team. His experience includes a wide array of financing and strategic M&A transactions across a broad range of industry sectors. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Trahanas was an electrical engineer at General Electric, where he specialized in communications equipment and semiconductor design.
Mr. Trahanas holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for his advanced studies and received an MBA from the Wharton School, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar, and an M.S. in Engineering from the Moore School of Engineering.
Mr. Trahanas is a Trustee of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
William O. Grabe
William O. Grabe was a Managing Director at General Atlantic from 1992 to 2010. Since 2010, Mr. Grabe has served as Advisory Director for General Atlantic. Mr. Grabe brings broad international experience and an extensive sales and marketing background to the board. He has assisted numerous companies in their geographical expansion and the development of strategic alliances. Mr. Grabe currently serves on the boards of Lenovo Group Limited, Gartner, Inc., and Covisint Corporation, and is also the chair of the QTS Compensation Committee. Prior to his affiliation with General Atlantic, Mr. Grabe retired from the IBM Corporation as a Vice President and Corporate Officer. In his last position he was responsible for US Marketing and Services and was a founding member of the board of ISSC, the precursor to IBM Global Services. Earlier in his IBM career he was President, National Accounts Division and in 1988 was responsible for the worldwide launch of the AS 400.
Mr. Grabe is a graduate of the UCLA Graduate School of Business; MBA, 1963 and New York University; BS, 1958. His outside affiliations include serving as a member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Advisors, a member of the Board of the Grand Canyon Trust, and on the Board of Trustees of the Board of the Nature Conservancy in Florida.
John Barter has more than twenty-five years of experience in financial management, mergers and acquisitions, executive management and planning and analysis. Mr. Barter currently serves on numerous Boards of Directors , including Dice Holdings, Inc. and Genpact Global Holdings, Inc., and previously served on the Boards of Directors of Lenovo Group and SRA International. In addition to his QTS Board of Director duties, Mr. Barter chairs the QTS Audit Committee.
Mr. Barter was the Chief Financial Officer of Kestral Solutions, Inc., from 2000 to 2001. Prior to this, he held various positions with AlliedSignal, Inc., now called Honeywell International, Inc. Mr. Barter also served as President of AlliedSignal Automotive from 1994 to 1997.
Mr. Barter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Spring Hill College, 1968 and an MBA in Finance from Tulane University, 1973.
Peter A. Marino
A proven leader with more than 25 years of executive experience, Peter A. Marino works as a private consultant for government and industry on defense and intelligence issues. Mr. Marino has held executive positions with Fire Arms Training Systems, Raytheon, E-Systems, Fairchild Industries and Lockheed Martin Corporation. For more than 16 years he served in numerous capacities at the Central Intelligence Agency, including director of technical service and deputy director for the Office of Research and Development.
Mr. Marino currently serves as chairman of the board of TASC, Inc., a leading advanced systems engineering, integration and decision-support services company delivering sophisticated national security and public safety solutions. He has served on numerous boards, including the Defense Science Board and QinetiQ North America. Mr. Marino also chairs the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Advisory Group.
Mr. Marino earned an MS in Acoustics (Engineering Physics) from Penn State and a BS in Physics from Rollins College. He is also a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University.
Stephen E. Westhead
Stephen Westhead has over 25 years of experience in management. Since 2007, Mr. Westhead has been the Chief Executive Officer and lead investor of US Trailer, a semi-trailer leasing company, and has served as the Chief Marketing Officer of Satori Group, Inc. Mr. Westhead held various executive positions over his 22 years with Philadelphia Insurance Companies, including Senior Vice President of Commercial Line Underwriting during which time he conceived, developed and optimized the company’s successful National Processing Center.
Mr. Westhead is a member of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association and has served on the board of directors of Cabrini College, as well as the college’s alumni association. He currently sits on the board of two charitable organizations, the Community of the Good Shepherd in Kansas City and the Cabrini Mission Corps.
Mr. Westhead graduated from Cabrini College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1987.
Scott D. Miller
Scott Miller has over 30 years of executive experience. Mr. Miller currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of SSA & Company, which consists of three main businesses: Six Sigma Academy, a professional services firm providing Lean/Six Sigma productivity consulting; the G100, a CEO membership organization; and MSP, a private real estate development and investment company.
Mr. Miller also is a Special Advisor at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he provides strategic counsel to GA and its portfolio companies and advises on its capital raising efforts.
Prior to SSA & Company, Mr. Miller served as President of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Corporation. He was also President and CEO of United Infrastructure Company. During his early career, he was a founding partner of The John Buck Company, a Chicago-based real estate brokerage, management and development company.
Mr. Miller currently serves on several civil boards, including the Aspen Community Foundation and The Kravis Leadership Institute.
Mr. Miller earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.
Catherine R. KinneyCatherine R. Kinney retired from New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext in March 2009. She joined the NYSE in 1974 and served as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2008. Mrs. Kinney was responsible for overseeing the company’s global listing program and the marketing and branding efforts of NYSE Euronext in Paris, France from July 2007 until her retirement 2009. Mr. Kinney currently serves as the chair of QTS' Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.