Leadership Team
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Donald A. Thompson, Jr., President and CEO

 

As President and CEO, Donald Thompson sets the strategic direction for I-Cubed as it develops and delivers a growing portfolio of enterprise software and service solutions to its global customer base.  He provides leadership and mentoring while keeping I-Cubed focused on revenue generation.  Donald has led the company to outstanding results with an increase in strategic partnerships and revenue growth of over 30% since 2007.  Today, he continues the upward trend with even greater growth and profitability, while overseeing company activities as a member of I-Cubed’s Board of Directors.

In his 16 years with I-Cubed, Donald has held leadership positions in Sales and Partner Relations, as well as the role of Vice President of Business Development. While in this role, Donald expanded the I-Cubed partnership with Adobe Systems and provided support to former I-Cubed CEO and founder, Grant Williard. Donald was later involved in the asset transaction of I-Cubed’s Digital Rights Management technology with Adobe. He also oversaw I-Cubed’s ownership transition in 2005, transforming I-Cubed into an employee-owned company without the need for outside capital.

In addition to his role at I-Cubed, Donald chairs North Carolina State University’s Computer Science Strategic Advisory Board. He also serves on the Boards of Advisors for Everest Agency and North Carolina State University’s Friends of the Library, mentors emerging entrepreneurs and frequently speaks at leadership seminars.

Donald is a recognized business professional and brings a wealth of leadership experience to I-Cubed. In 2008, he was named one of the Top 25 Technical Professionals in Research Triangle Park, NC by Business Leader. Donald studied Finance at East Carolina University.

 

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Mark Winnie, Senior Technical Fellow

 

As Senior Technical Fellow, Mark Winnie brings more than a decade of technical leadership experience at I-Cubed to provide customers with innovative and scalable solutions. Along with expertise in CAD and PLM, Mark provides technical acumen and pragmatic implementation skills.

Mark holds a patent for a method to capture and populate into PLM systems unattributed information from CAD schematics. He also defined and implemented a digital rights management (DRM) solution for CATIA, compelling leading manufacturers to seek his counsel on a broad range of issues affecting intellectual property protection as it relates to product design and supply chain collaboration.

Before joining I-Cubed, Mark gained extensive experience in product design and manufacturing environments. This includes knowledge of processes and information requirements for manufacturing, production, and inventory control ― backed by strong skills in Material Requirements Planning (MRP) applications, programming, database administration, and mainframe systems management.

Mark studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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Tony Pease, Vice President, Emerging Markets

 

As Vice President of Emerging Markets, Tony Pease has been instrumental in executing both short-term and long-term strategic plans for I-Cubed. His unique depth of expertise in mechanical design, software architecture, and B2B sales enables Tony to quickly assess the potential of new products, services and partners. He then applies his extensive project management experience to ensure that I-Cubed and its partners focus to deliver true value-added solutions to customers in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Along with his role at I-Cubed, Tony serves on the board for NCSU’s Engineering Entrepreneurs Program and the NC State Fast 15. For both organizations, Tony provides guidance on tactical leadership, product launch planning and business development. He is also on the board for the newly formed Professional Science Master’s Program concentration at NCSU, which helps students develop workplace skills while pursuing studies in computer networking.

Prior to his position at I-Cubed, Tony led software development efforts for multi-national product companies in the commercial manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace & defense industries. His teams consistently delivered innovative software solutions to some of the most complex engineering challenges.

Tony served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submariner and graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

 

 

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Rick Towner, Director of Technical Services

 

As the Director of Technical Services for I-Cubed, Rick Towner is responsible for the delivery of services that support the comprehensive needs of our customers for PLM and Data Migration expertise. Rick has broad experience with the development and implementation of global service delivery models that have optimized investment and generated significant customer satisfaction.

Rick’s background includes leadership positions in services business development and global operations leadership in the Customer Service, Human Resources, Finance, Procurement, Professional, and Technical Services domains of Fortune 500 companies. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at Wake Technical Community College where he teaches Business Administration.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, with a Minor in English from Occidental College. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University in California. His certifications include Negotiations Training from the Harvard Program on Negotiation, Advanced Project Management from Stanford, Data Management from Cisco Systems, and Contract Negotiation from the Conference Board.

 

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H. Lewis Kennebrew, II Vice President, Sales Engineering

 

As Vice President of Sales Engineering at I-Cubed, Lewis Kennebrew provides leadership to a growing team of talented sales engineers. Lewis has expertise in a wide range of product development business processes, ranging from the front end and beginning stages of product lifecycle management to the configuration, change management and end results. Lewis taps his years of experience in engineering, business process consulting, and service development and delivery to ensure that I-Cubed delivers high-quality results to all of its clients in a timely manner.

Prior to joining I-Cubed, Lewis held progressively senior roles in the services delivery organization of PTC and served as Vice President of Operations for ProductSpace Solutions for five years. Lewis, well-versed in international travel, is a speaker on the subject of technology-empowered product development. He has presented at numerous conferences, including those for PTC/User, Lean Product, and Process Development.

Lewis earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University as well as an M.B.A., with emphasis in New Product Development and Operations Management, from the University of Michigan.

 

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Doug Driver, Vice President, Corporate Development

 

As Vice President of Corporate Development, Doug Driver is responsible for pursuing strategies that contribute to the company’s continued growth — from targeting potential partnerships and acquisitions, to overseeing negotiations and integration plans. He is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with financial partners to support that continued growth.

Prior to joining I-Cubed, Doug worked with Wells Fargo Bank and its predecessor, Wachovia Bank, for over 14 years.  He held a variety of positions within the bank, working with small- and middle-market companies, first as a commercial loan underwriter and then as a relationship manager in the business banking segment.

Doug earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill with a concentration in Finance.  He volunteers on the Board of Directors at Marbles Kids Museum.

 

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Judy Geaslen, Director, Operations

 

As the Director of Operations, Judy oversees the Finance and Human Resources departments, in addition to leading select corporate initiatives and corporate governance activities.

Prior to joining I-Cubed, Judy served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for Curaxis Pharmaceutical Corporation, a development stage specialty pharmaceutical company, focused on developing a hormone drug product candidate for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and multiple cancers.  Judy took on this position in January of 2010 after serving as Corporate Controller and Accountant since July 2004. From March 1999 to April, 2000, Judy served as Vice President and Corporate Controller at Wilmington Trust Corporation, a financial holding company engaged in providing a range of banking and other financial services through its banking and other subsidiaries, and from 1994 to 1999, served as Vice President and Manager of the Asset Review Division. From September 1984 to September 1994, Judy was employed by Ernst & Young, a registered public accounting firm, mostly recently serving as Audit Senior Manager.

Judy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting and Computer Science from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.