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Meet Our Leadership Team

Nicolas Desmarais

CHAIRMAN & CO-CEO

Nicolas founded AppDirect in 2009 with Daniel Saks, and serves as AppDirect's Chairman and Co-CEO. Nicolas is focused on the evolution of AppDirect's product, investor relations, and overseeing the implementation of new marketplaces.

CHAIRMAN & CO-CEO

Nicolas Desmarais

Before co-founding AppDirect, Nicolas worked at Bain & Company as a management consultant focused on media and business services. Nicolas holds a bachelor's degree with a double major in economics and political science from Amherst College. In his spare time, Nicolas enjoys outdoor activities and traveling to new countries.

Daniel Saks

PRESIDENT & CO-CEO

Daniel is President and Co-CEO of AppDirect, which he founded in 2009 with Nicolas Desmarais. Daniel has helped shaped AppDirect to be the global ecosystem for cloud services by leading with innovative technology & game-changing partnerships.

PRESIDENT & CO-CEO

Daniel Saks

A sought-after expert in cloud and startup innovation, he was named to the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 Enterprise Technology list and has spoken at numerous industry conferences, including Web Summit, Collision, CeBIT, and more. Prior to AppDirect, Daniel worked in finance and investment banking, and has pursued other entrepreneurial projects. He holds degrees from McGill and Harvard universities.

Renee Bergeron

SENIOR VP & GENERAL MANAGER OF AGENT SERVICES

Renée joined AppDirect with over 25 years of management and channel experience. As General Manager of the Agent Services division, she is responsible for sales, marketing, service delivery, and business development.

SENIOR VP & GENERAL MANAGER OF AGENT SERVICES

Renee Bergeron

Renée is a seasoned channel leader who most recently spent 10 years at the helm of the global cloud go-to-market organization at Ingram Micro. She previously oversaw the development of innovative solutions across managed security and cloud computing for Fujitsu America, led IT divisions at media and banking companies, was a CIO at a financial institution, and was a director at an international technology consulting firm. She holds a Bachelor's in computer science from Sherbrooke University and a Master's degree from McGill University.

Van Murray

VP OF Service Delivery & Commerce Operations

Van launched AppSmart with over 15 years of founding, buying, and building technology businesses. Before starting AppSmart, in 2010 Van founded Accent Plus, one of the first Google Cloud Partners.

VP OF Service Delivery & Commerce Operations

Van Murray

Before launching AppSmart, Van was the founder and CEO of NeoCloud which focused on providing cloud services and modern technology for business through an automated platform. Van holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Vince Bradley

VP OF CORP DEVELOPMENT & GM ENERGY SERVICES

Vince Bradley brings 28 years of telecom experience to his role. Currently, he is an active member of the Channel Partner Advisory board and Gerson Lehrman Group.

VP OF CORP DEVELOPMENT & GM ENERGY SERVICES

Vince Bradley

Vince is the former founder and CEO of WTG and a founding member of the Board of Directors for the first nonprofit association for the agent channel, the Technology Channel Association (TCA). Bradley holds a B.A. in Sociology and Business Administration from UCLA.

Denis Raue

VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Denis Raue has 36 years of industry experience and is a shareholder and active board member of the Alliance Partners. He is responsible for finance integration and provider business development.

VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Denis Raue

Prior to AppSmart, Raue founded and served as the CEO of Telegration for 29 years. He currently is a shareholder and board member of the Alliance Partner and previously served as a member of the CompTIA Distributor Advisory board. Raue holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Matt Harty

VP OF BRANCHISE & GM COMMUNICATION SERVICES

Matt Harty joined AppSmart with over 30 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. As Vice President of Branchise & GM Communications Services, Harty supervises provider management and the Branchise Program.

VP OF BRANCHISE & GM COMMUNICATION SERVICES

Matt Harty

Matt is the former President and CEO of Converged Network Service Group and has also held executive leadership roles within XO Communication's Commercial Division, as well as MCI and Frontier Communications. Matt graduated magna cum laude, with a B.A. in Political Science, from Villanova University in 1991, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Tim Basa

VP OF SALES & AGENT OPERATIONS

Tim Basa is an award-winning thought leader with more than 27 years of experience in the technology channel. As the Vice President of Sales & Agent Operations, Basa oversees field sales, inside sales and the accompanying agent operations.

VP OF SALES & AGENT OPERATIONS

Tim Basa

Tim is an active member of the Alliance Partners and serves as the Vice Chairman. He was recognized multiple times as a Channel Executive of The Year by the readers of Channel Partners magazine and has been named a Power Seller by Crain’s Detroit Business magazine. He has conducted professional sales, marketing and business development clinics for sales professionals throughout the United States.

Brian Leonard

VP OF MARKETING

Brian joined AppSmart with over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing in the technology industry. He is responsible for brand, demand generation, events, digital marketing, sales enablement, training, merchandising and product marketing.

VP OF MARKETING

Brian Leonard

Previous to AppSmart, Brian was the VP of Marketing at RapidScale where he led the go-to-market strategy that contributed to the company’s successful acquisition by Cox Business. He also has led marketing for one of the largest technology services distributors in the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Penn State and an MBA from Arizona State University.