QTS Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our forward-looking Board provides us with a tremendous amount of leadership in delivering software-defined data centers that provide innovative hybrid colocation and hyperscale solutions. 


Chad Williams

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Chad Williams has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since founding QTS in 2005. Under his leadership, QTS has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing data center service providers in the United States. Chad's vision of obtaining and revitalizing infrastructure rich, large, scalable properties in growing markets has become the cornerstone of our business strategy. 
In his role as CEO, Chad has been directly involved in helping to build all aspects of our business, from strategic investment in product and asset acquisitions to site selection, design, development and construction. He also enjoys telling the QTS solutions story and winning the confidence and trust of new and existing customers. Chad has been a leading voice to build QTS’ portfolio of hybrid colocation and hyperscale solutions, which is very differentiated in the marketplace. One of the best parts of his job, from his perspective, is the privilege to lead our QTSers nationally. We at QTS are “powered by our people” and this is the real strength of QTS.
Chad has attracted one of the most experienced high-performance leadership teams in the industry. In his role of Chairman of the Board, Chad gets to work closely with a world-class, fully-independent Board of Directors. The team has vast experience in operating public companies and complementing strengths from past experience in running or being part of real estate, technology, financial and Government services industries. 
In 2003, Chad leveraged the Quality Group of Companies (QGC) platform and his experience developing, owning and managing mission-critical facilities to acquire a 35,000 square foot facility in Overland Park, Kansas. QTS was formally established as a stand alone entity with the purchase of our Atlanta-Suwanee mega data center in 2005. Today, under Chad's leadership, we operate 25 data center facilities totaling approximately 6 million gross square feet. Read more on how QTS came to be here.
Prior to founding QTS, Chad served as CEO of QGC, a diversified portfolio of companies operating in a wide range of industries including commercial real estate, design-build development, commercial interiors and vehicle and technology leasing. 
Chad is actively involved in numerous charitable efforts nationally, as well as in the Kansas City area. He currently serves on the board of the US Dream Academy, an organization that focuses on intervening in the lives of children of incarcerated parents. Chad lives in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife and three children.
QTS Employee

Philip P. Trahanas

Lead Director

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.
QTS Employee

John Barter

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. 

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.

Joan Dempsey

Ms. Dempsey brings over 35 years of consulting and operational experience, primarily working with federal government entities. Ms. Dempsey currently serves as Senior Executive Advisor to the Booz Allen Hamilton Chief Executive Officer. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President and Senior Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton for 12 years where she led the company’s operations and strategy within the defense, homeland security and intelligence sectors. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton in 2005, Ms. Dempsey spent a 25-year career serving in the federal government, including two political appointments. She served as the deputy director of Central Intelligence for Community Management during President Bill Clinton’s administration and served as the executive director of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board during President George W. Bush’s administration. Ms. Dempsey also spent 25 years as a senior civilian in the Department of Defense (DoD) as deputy director of intelligence at the Defense Intelligence Agency, as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence and security, and as the designated (acting) assistant secretary of command, control, communications and intelligence.
Ms. Dempsey was the 2004 recipient of the Intelligence Security Affairs Support Association William O. Baker Award, an honor she shares with two former secretaries of defense, three members of Congress, and two former directors of central intelligence. In addition to the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, she is a recipient of the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, and The American University Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership.
QTS Employee

Catherine R. Kinney

Catherine 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. Mrs. Kinney currently serves as the chair of QTS' Compensation Committee.

Mrs. Kinney serves on the Board of NetSuite Inc., Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, MSCI, Inc., Catholic Charities, The New York City Ballet and Sharegift. She served on the Board of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company from 2002 – 2004, Depository Trust Company from 2003 – 2007, and Georgetown University from 2005 – 2011. Additionally, she is a member of the Economic Club of New York. 

Mrs. Kinney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Iona College and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Fordham University and Rosemont College. 
QTS Employee

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 the chair of QTS' Security Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

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.
QTS Employee

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.
QTS Employee

Mazen Rawashdeh

Mazen Rawashdeh has more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry and significant expertise in information security, information disaster recovery and data protection. Mr. Rawashdeh is currently the Chief Infrastructure and Architecture Officer of eBay. Previously, Mr. Rawashdeh served as the Vice President of Infrastructure Operation Engineering at Twitter, and spent more than 10 years at eBay prior to that, where he led its infrastructure and technical operations. He previously held multiple engineering roles at Loudcloud Inc. and Oracle Corporation. Throughout his career, Mr. Rawashdeh has managed large-scale, leading-edge technology systems at the technical and executive levels. He earned a BsCs in Computer Science and Mathematics from Chapman University.

Wayne Rehberger

Wayne Rehberger, has over 35 years of diversified financial, operational and sales management experience.  From 2015 through January 2019, Mr. Rehberger served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Engility Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EGL), following Engility Holdings, Inc.’s acquisition of TASC, Inc. in February 2015. Mr. Rehberger had previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TASC, Inc. from June 2010. Prior to joining TASC, Inc. in June 2010, Mr. Rehberger was the Chief Operating Officer of XO Communications, a facilities-based telecommunications services provider. Before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in May 2004, Mr. Rehberger had served as XO Communications’ Chief Financial Officer from November 2000. From June 1986 until March 2000, Mr. Rehberger was affiliated with MCI Communications, where he held various financial roles, including Senior Vice President of Finance. Mr. Rehberger began his corporate career with the KPMG consulting business in Washington, D.C., where he worked primarily with U.S. government agencies and aerospace companies.

Mr. Rehberger also served for 10 years in the United States Army and Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Major. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina.

In addition to his QTS Board of Director duties, Mr. Rehberger chairs the QTS Audit Committee.

QTS Employee

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.