Meet Our Thought Leaders

David Farajun

David Farajun

CEO/Founder

A pioneer in cloud backup, David has been innovating in the managed backup space for three decades. In 2010 David was recognized by CRN Magazine as a Storage Superstar for his genuine breakthroughs and innovations delivered to the storage market. David is credited with creating advancements such as agentless software deployment, unified backup and recovery for physical and virtual environments, global deduplication and advanced service provider features such as integrated billing and SLA management. Most recently Asigra invented and delivered to the market the patent-pending Asigra Recovery License Model® as well as a new Software Defined Data Protection Platform marking another market first for Asigra.

David’s vision has steered the company into delivering a secure comprehensive cloud-based data protection software solution deployed by Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Through his work, Asigra is now aligned with more than 700 VARs, service providers and technology partners globally including CenturyLink, FlexITy, HP, Highstreet IT Solutions, iomart Group, ITC Infotech (USA), Long View Systems, NTT Communications, Daisy Group, Progressive Infotech, Pulsant, and Verizon/Terremark who have deployed Asigra Cloud Backup™ at more than 1,000,000 sites worldwide.

During his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and giving back to the community through his ongoing support of multiple local and global charities.

Personal Likes
Tech

iPhone

Country

Italy

Music

Classic & Country

Television Shows

America Pickers

How It’s Made

Mantra

Efficiency = Perfect + Fast

Can’t Live Without

Asigra

Cheese

Olives

My Rav4

Cuisine

English Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas

Cheese Tortellini

Guilty Pleasures

Spoiling my grandchildren

Charities

Sick Kids Hospital

Ezer Mizion

Eran Farajun

Eran Farajun

Executive Vice President

Eran Farajun is Executive Vice President of Asigra where he is responsible for the company’s global expansion, marketing, business development and long-term strategic activities for the company's cloud backup and recovery software platform. Additionally, Eran oversees strategic relationships with Asigra’s technology and channel partners who have helped grow deployments of Asigra Cloud Backup to more than 1,000,000 sites worldwide.

As a backup technology veteran with over 18 years of experience in cloud-based data protection, Eran frequently speaks at industry conferences, such as VMworld U.S., MSPWorld, Asigra Global Partner Summit, Cloud Expo Europe and regional vertical focused events to evangelize and raise awareness about the business benefits achieved with cloud-based technologies.

Eran holds a law degree from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. He is active with charities and in 2014 participated in the ice bucket challenge to support raising awareness for ALS.

Personal Likes
Reading Materials

Wired

Restaurants

Il Punto (Torre Canne, Italy)

Music

Rush

The Black Eyed Peas

Books

Drive

Crossing the Chasm

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

The Haj

Inspiring Quote

Thinking is like swimming. The body has a natural tendency to stay at the surface, and can only dive deeply for short periods of time. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

Can’t Live Without

Uber

My iPhone

Chocolate

Authors

Dan Ariely

Movies

Star Wars

Chef

Al Olivier

Al Olivier

Vice President, Engineering

Al brings 25 years of experience to Asigra in leading software development, quality assurance, IT and program operations roles with a passion in driving and shaping intelligent enterprise data solutions.

Al Olivier serves as the Vice President, Engineering responsible for all development and operational initiatives in support of our enterprise data protection software solution.

Prior to joining Asigra, Al held the position of VP IT Operations at SHOP.CA where he led a high performing team of IT professionals to drive growth at one of Canada’s largest ecommerce marketplace online infrastructure. Prior to SHOP.CA, Al held several positions at Exchange Solutions where he led multi-disciplined teams focused on operational intelligence, software development, quality assurance, data integration and business intelligence in driving national and international program operations. Al brings extensive experience in enterprise data and information management across ecommerce, CRM, loyalty, hotel, restaurant and real estate verticals.

Al is currently working on completing his coaching certification with the International Coaching Federation.

Personal Likes
Quote

“Every Challenge is an Opportunity to Innovate”

Hobbies

Cycling

Climbing

Guilty Pleasures

Dark Chocolate

French Pastries

Can’t Live Without

My Family

The Great Outdoors

Movies

Immortal Beloved

The Pianist

The Day of the Jackal

Music

Chopin

Books

NLP & Coaching

Leadership & Management

Engineering & Operations

Cities

Paris

Nice

Sport

Soccer

Mike Andreola

Mike Andreola

Vice President, Global Sales

Mike Andreola oversees the global sales team with a focus on expanding the Asigra Global Partner ecosystem and driving forward new business opportunities. He brings more than 25 years of experience leading sales organizations in the telecommunications industry, Enterprise, Carrier and Channel Partner markets.

Before joining Asigra, Mike was the Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Atria Networks where he was responsible for the acquisition of new customers and growing the company revenue. Mike also held the position of Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Toronto Hydro Telecom Inc., (now known as Cogeco Peer 1), where he was responsible for the consolidated sales groups of both Toronto Hydro Telecom and Hydro One Telecom. Under Mike’s leadership the sales groups achieved unprecedented sales growth. He also held the role of Vice President of Carrier Sales at GT Group Telecom/360 Networks where he was instrumental in increasing corporate revenue.

Mike holds degrees in Mass Communications and Psychology from York University.

Personal Likes
Books

The Third Wave

Future Shock

Music

80’s and 90’s Rock

Movies

Trading Places

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Back to the Future

Inspiring Quote

“Never allow the rules to overrule common sense.”

Sport

Formula One Racing

TV Shows

Saturday Night Live

Dragons’ Den / Shark Tank

American Greed – CNBC

Food

Pasta

BBQ

Can’t Live Without

Driving

Family

Comedy

Vince Paladino

Vince Paladino

Vice President, People & Culture

Vince Paladino is a senior HR leader with a background in information technology, financial services and telecommunications. He has a BA in Psychology and Mass Communications from York University. As well, Vince earned his CHRL designation in 2004 and has since been a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Throughout his career Vince has proven to be effective in developing strategic initiatives that impact organizational change and employee engagement. He has a keen ability to build and maintain solid business partnerships, and has made HR a valuable resource and contributor to an organization's success. Vince holds a successful track record in building and leading talent management teams for organizations.

Personal Likes
Apps

Flipboard

LinkedIn

Guilty Pleasures

Chocolate

Music

Coldplay

EDM

Cities

Toronto

Rome

London

Movies

James Bond Series

Star Wars

Can’t Live Without

Espresso

Italian Food

iPhone

Tech

All Technology

Interests

Travel

Fitness

Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens

Vice President, Marketing

With over 28 years of technology experience, Michael Stephens is a leader in the fields of marketing and product development.

Prior to joining Asigra, he held senior executive roles at TeraGo Networks, Atria Networks, Group Telecom and AT&T Canada. His wide range of knowledge and expertise in pricing, major bid development, and channel development has led to significant revenue growth for the organizations he has worked for.

Michael has acquired a MBA from the Schulich School of Business through York University, an Hon. BASc as well as a P.Eng. designation in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Personal Likes
Books

The Great Gatsby

Heart of Darkness

Slaughterhouse Five

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Sport

Premier League Football

Formula One

Music

Classic Rock

Blues

Cities

Paris

Barcelona

Aix-en-Provence

Movies

Apocalypse Now

The Usual Suspects

American Beauty

Can’t Live Without

Family

Travel

Red Wine

Andrew Bacon

Andrew Bacon

Director, Global Customer Care

With more than 15 years dedicated to leading technical support and services teams, Andrew Bacon is an accomplished leader in the areas of customer care and customer experience. His career in the information technology industry extends beyond 26 years.

Andrew is responsible for leading the Global Customer Care team, including the day to day operations of technical support, professional services and product training programs. He leads a team of proficient technical specialists who are focused on fostering customer satisfaction and advocacy through the first-rate delivery of high value support and services.

Prior to joining Asigra in 2016, Andrew has held several management and professional roles, including Technical Support Management at VMware Global Services where he was responsible for leading teams to successful outcomes with customers and participating in various strategic projects during significant business growth cycles. Prior to VMware, Andrew was with IBM Global Services, in various roles including Strategic Outsourcing Management, Service Delivery Management, Business Controls Management, Product Support Readiness, and Customer Support and Service.

Personal Likes
Baseball Team

Toronto Blue Jays

Guilty Pleasures

Classic Cars and Motorcycles

Hobbies

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

History Buff

20th Century Military Aircraft

Sports Enthusiast

CFL and NFL Football

Charities

United Way

Heart & Stroke

Giving Back (Community)

Early Reading Program for Local School

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