Board of Directors | Modius

Craig Compiano – Chairman of the Board

Craig Compiano is an expert business manager and entrepreneur with extensive executive management experience and a track record for developing successful businesses. He brings to the company and the industry, 30 years experience in business and systems development, operations, and finance. His prior accomplishments in software development for large commercial and public sector clients during his tenure at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) led to his current concentration on operational systems development and performance analytics for data centers, and the founding of Modius. Previously as Co-founder and Vice President of Paymap, Inc., Mr. Compiano prototyped, developed, and deployed an Electronic Payment System, that has been widely adopted by the banking industry. He was awarded a patent for this technology. Mr. Compiano has a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA Finance from UC Berkeley.

Ben Grimes – Board Member

Benjamin Grimes brings log-standing industry partner relationships with key leaders and community analysts.  Ben is a C-Level Executive with more that 20 years of experience in the IT industry, from product development, operations and corporate business development.  Currently, the founder and CEO of BRG Strategy Group, Ben has worked with numerous companies from startups to Fortune 50 organizations providing management consulting services for business strategies, mergers and acquisitions, as well as engineering team development.  Prior to BRG Strategy Group, Ben served for 3 years as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Chief Technical Officer of Avocent Corp. until its acquisition by Emerson in 2010. During his tenure, Ben was responsible for leading the product and business development of Avocent, including the entire worldwide engineering team. During this tenure, Ben was recognized as an industry thought leader in infrastructure management and spoke at numerous industry events and was sought out by industry analysts for his market insights.  Prior to joining Avocent, Ben had a 17-year career with IBM, most recently in the appointed position of Distinguished Engineer, an executive position held from 2002 to 2007. In that role, he served as lead architect for software development for IBM xSeries and blades. Ben’s earlier years with IBM included serving as the global lead engineer and manager for embedded systems management for xSeries after serving as a programmer in embedded firmware. While at IBM, he was awarded nine patents for his innovations in systems software.  Grimes currently sits on numerous technical advisory boards for privately held companies, and has served on the board of several non-profit organizations.  Grimes holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Barry Ariko – Board Member

Barry Ariko has over forty (40) years of experience in the high technology industry, and retired as the Chairman and CEO of Mirapoint, a provider of email and security appliances, which merged with Critical Path.  Mr. Ariko was CEO of Extricity a B2B software company which he successful sold in 2001 to Peregrine Systems (later acquired by HP) and was the EVP and COO of Netscape Communications when it was sold to AOL in 1999.  Mr. Ariko was EVP of the Americas for Oracle from 1994-1998 and grew revenue from $600M to $4.2B annually.  He was with Tandem Computers, a manufacturer of fault-tolerant computer systems for thirteen (13) years, his last position being SVP Americas.  He currently sits on the board of two public companies:  Incyte Corporation (INCY)NASDAQ, a small molecule drug discovery company based in Wilmington, DE and  is chairman of GLOBO, PLC, an AIM listed software company (GBO:LN) on the London Stock Exchange.  Other directorships have included: Autonomy, Ltd. (LSE), an unstructured data search company based in Cambridge, UK recently acquired by Hewlitt Packard, chairmanship of InStranet, an industry leading knowledge base company acquired by; as well as a number of other private companies.  He successfully completed the Advanced Executive Management Program at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and finished his BS in Management at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.

Steven Saltwick – Board Member

Steven Saltwick brings over thirty (30) years of experience in product management, marketing, and business development in both large and small companies, driving solution-marketing programs with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in the financial, telecommunications, manufacturing, and public sector spaces.  As a Director for HP and Compaq, he accelerated worldwide sales, doubling the existing market growth rate.  As VP of Marketing for Tandem, Matrix Network Systems, and ClearCommerce, he developed innovative partnering programs with SAP, ACI Payment Systems, LSI, IBM, AMDOCs and other industry-leading companies in the U.S., EMEA, and APAC markets.  A prolific speaker, Mr. Saltwick has lectured on the topics of strategic planning and product management at many global industry events.  Mr. Saltwick holds a BA in Mathematics and Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and participated in the nueropsychology Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin.  He has published several papers on brain function in Medical research journals, including SCIENCE Magazine.

Tim Crawford – Board Member

Tim Crawford is an internationally renowned thought leader in the areas of IT Transformation, Innovation, Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (IoT).  His areas of expertise include strategy, applications, services, infastructure, and operations.  Mr. Crawford serves as an advisor to global enterprises, government agencies, venture capital firms, and startups across numerous industries on a global scale including airline, financial services, and healthcare.  He has served as CIO and has held other senior IT roles with global organizations such as Konica Minolta/All Covered, Stanford University, Knight-Ridder, Philips Electronics, and National Semiconductor.  He is a regular keynote speaker at industry conferences and is well published in business and technology publications.  In addition to his participation on the Modius Board of Directors, Mr. Crawford also sits on the Advisory Board for CloudVelox and is an Analyst and published contributor for Gigaom Research.  Mr. Crawford holds an MBA in International Business with Honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems both from Golden Gate University.