Vas Vasiliadis is Director, Products, Communication and Development at the Computation Institute (CI) and a lecturer in the Masters Program in Computer Science, where he teaches courses on cloud computing and product management. Vas is also Chief Customer Officer for Globus, the software-as-a-service for data management developed and operated by the Computation Institute, streamlining the research workflows of thousands of researchers worldwide.
Vas has over 25 years of experience in operational and consulting roles, spanning strategy, marketing and technology. An experienced software product marketing professional with a passion for shaping emerging technologies to bring innovative products to market, Vas has nurtured early stage companies into successful businesses, and consulted to companies on a wide range of strategic issues. Most recently, Vas was a principal at Strategos, the innovation consulting firm founded by Gary Hamel, where he led Fortune 100 management teams in defining their growth agenda. Prior to Strategos, Vas led marketing efforts at Univa, a leading provider of grid and cloud computing solutions. Vas joined Univa's founding team shortly after inception and was instrumental in defining the product vision, raising venture capital and launching the company's initial products.
In the late 1990's Vas served as vice president of product management and corporate strategy at CrossWorlds Software, the enterprise application integration pioneer, and was part of the executive team that grew CrossWorlds from a start-up to a successful public company that was subsequently acquired by IBM. Vas was chief technology officer at Cimnet Systems, a company specializing in software for electronics manufacturing, which was acquired by Consona in 2005. At Cimnet he led product strategy and development of the company's supplier management and business intelligence solutions. Vas was also vice president of strategy and product management at Promeria, a supplier relationship management company which was acquired by Ariba.
Vas' management consulting experience includes Booz|Allen|Hamilton, where he focused on supply chain strategy and customer service level optimization, and Accenture, where he helped clients in the financial services industry automate trading and back office operations. He has a deep technical understanding of system development for real-time applications, including data distribution, analytics, and trading platforms for derivatives and fixed income securities.
Vas holds an MBA with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He remains a network partner with Strategos and is an advisor to early-stage technology companies on all aspects of strategy, marketing, and product development. (LinkedIn profile)