Lee Harrison is a proven executive with more than 20 years of management experience in technology companies. With a background in operations, financial control, engineering, sales and team leadership, Mr. Harrison is the right leader for Thru. As Director of Operation for Southwest Tele-productions, a Dallas based television post-production company, Mr. Harrison guided Southwest through forty consecutive profitable quarters. Mr. Harrison was founder and CEO of I/O Partners, Inc.
I/O Partners was focused on the highly competitive digital broadcast industry. Under Mr. Harrison’s leadership I/O Partners accomplished impressive revenue growth in a short period of time. Mr. Harrison established I/O Partners as Discreet’s (a division of Autodesk
) largest systems integrator worldwide with over $27 million in revenue, and the company was named by Dun and Bradstreet as the 49th fastest growing entrepreneurial company in the U.S for year 2000.
Vice President of Engineering
Sergey Arutiunov is a member of the Thru founding team and serves as Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Arutiunov has over 20 years experience in software design and engineering management, with the last 15 years in Silicon Valley, and collaborated with large technology and content companies such as Apple
, IBM, Microsoft
, and Disney
. In his current role, he is responsible for development of all Thru client, server and network technologies, products and cloud services. Prior to joining Thru, Mr. Arutiunov was a leader of a number of software engineering teams in Silicon Graphics
in the areas of digital media file management, internet infrastructure applications, and computer graphics. He also worked on a number of artificial intelligence applications in diverse areas. Mr. Arutiunov holds a Master degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from Moscow University.
Vice President of Sales
Denis Brotzel has over 20 years’ experience as a sales and field operations executive in both early to mid-stage start-ups and publicly-held technology companies. Mr. Brotzel has built direct sales teams and multiple distribution channels into enterprise, Federal and SMB markets with industry experience that includes internet messaging, security and compliance solutions delivered via software and SaaS platforms. Prior to joining Thru, Mr. Brotzel was the SVP of Worldwide Sales at Actiance
, the leader in comprehensive security, management and compliance solutions for Unified Communications and Social Networking applications. Before that, Mr. Brotzel was SVP of Worldwide Sales at Code Green Networks
. Prior to their acquisition by Axway, Mr. Brotzel was SVP of Worldwide Sales at Tumbleweed Communications (NASDAQ: TMWD), a leader in Managed File Transfer and secure messaging solutions. Mr. Brotzel has also held senior executive positions at EGS, Inc. (acquired by Invensys) and Measurex
(acquired by Honeywell).
Vice President of Marketing
Nicholas Blanton is Thru’s newest executive member. Prior engagements include marketing and strategic consulting for Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART)
, Texas Health Resources
, the Fort Worth Zoo
, and internet marketing consulting for Process Data Control Corporation
. Mr. Blanton is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington’s premier Master of Science in Marketing Research
program, where he studied advanced research analysis and internet marketing. Being one of only a handful of programs of its kind in the world, Mr. Blanton gained unique and deep insight into the advanced theory and application of marketing in modern businesses, driven on facts and data rather than opinions. Mr. Blanton also graduated summa cum laude with an Honors BBA in Marketing and an MBA with a concentration in Finance.
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