Leadership

Echo360 Leadership Team
Fred Singer - CEO

Fred Singer is an Internet pioneer and entrepreneur whose career and philanthropic activities have spanned a broad range of interests from education, media, arts, science and veteran affairs.


Before Echo360, Fred was a Senior Advisor to Masayoshi Son, President and CEO of SoftBank and Chairman of Sprint’s Board of Directors.  Fred was also active as a venture partner at SoftBank Capital in the US.


Fred held a number of senior roles at AOL including Chief Operating Officer of AOL Studios/Interactive Services, Chief Operating Officer for ICQ (instant messaging) and Senior Vice President of Emerging Products. Prior to AOL, Fred was a founder of the Washington Post Online Service (now WashingtonPost.com) and a Consultant with Bain & Company.


Fred has served on a number of business, charitable and educational boards including DoubleClick, Motley Fool Company, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (International Committee), Queens University School of Business, and Upper Canada College. His current board work includes Intact Financial Corporation, the Langley School and “Warrior to Cyber Warrior”, a non-profit that helps wounded warriors find meaningful training and careers in cyber security. He was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's 2013 "Tech Titans". Fred earned the “Venture Deal of the Year” award by the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth as a result of funding by Revolution Growth in 2012.


Fred holds an MBA from Harvard as well as an LLB, an MA in Philosophy, a BA with Distinction in Philosophy, and a BA with Honors in Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada.

Tony Abate - Chief Operating Officer

Tony Abate brings more than 20 years of experience in the technology, digital media and converged services fields to Echo360 and over the course of his career, Tony has served in a variety of product management, senior executive, investment and advisory roles.

As an investor at Battery Ventures and Whitney & Co, Tony served on the board of several venture-backed start-ups. His seasoned guidance on how to profitably scale in nascent markets helped companies like Homestore, RelevantKnowledge, and Cbeyond Communications go from concept to a successful IPO or exit.

As a consultant at McKinsey & Co. and Mercator Partners, Tony advised publicly traded companies and venture-backed start-ups on how best to capitalize on the ensuing business opportunities of digitization and convergence. Tony began his career in the US Air Force, where he developed an advanced computer platform for the then-classified stealth aircraft program.

Tony graduated summa cum laude with a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

He was honored as the Northern Virginia Technology Council's "2013 CFO of the Year."

 

Dr. Bradley Fordham - Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Bradley Fordham is a pioneering technologist and veteran technology executive with over 20 years experience building and leading innovative product teams.  He is responsible for the company’s overall technology vision – driving research and development initiatives and collaboration, and overseeing the global engineering organization.

Prior to joining Echo360, Dr. Fordham served as Chief Technology Officer for various technology companies including Amplify, Online Insight, Ravello Solutions, and OneSoft and held key leadership positions in advanced technology and product development with TMX Finance, Xiocom Wireless, Oracle Corporation, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), AT&T and GE. He was a Professor of Database Theory and Software Engineering and has advised and consulted with NASA, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and several other U.S. government agencies and Fortune 100 global technology companies.

 Dr. Fordham is an author and frequent speaker on Internet and educational technologies, advanced software architectures, agile software development at scale, e-commerce, big data and real-time analytics, adaptive systems, and automated customer understanding. He was a presenter at the groundbreaking First International Workshop on Technological Challenges of Electronic Commerce at the IBM Center for Advanced Studies.

Dr. Fordham holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He received a B.S. in Computer Science as well as a B.A. in Spanish from Furman University.

Shana Jackson - VP, Human Resources

Shana Jackson leads the Echo360 Human Resources department, including responsibility for the design and development of HR strategies and processes that drive the Echo360 business objectives and foster the company’s culture. Shana’s background includes all aspects of HR, recruiting and HR program management, most recently in the education industry. 

Prior to joining Echo360, Shana led HR and talent acquisition initiatives at The Teaching Company, producer of The Great Courses. She began her career in Human Resources at NVR, a national homebuilder/mortgage company based in Reston, starting out in the University Recruiting group before moving into HR Business Partner roles. Additionally, Shana held an HR management role at Claraview, a division of Teradata.

Shana is a graduate of Roanoke College in Salem, VA where she earned a B.A. in Business with a concentration in Marketing. She also holds HR professional certifications from HRCI and SHRM.

Bill Holding - Executive Vice President, Product

Bill Holding is focused on future growth strategy and developing corporate relationships for Echo360.

Most recently, Bill was the President of Anystream, where he led the company through significant growth and the second-generation release of its industry-leading Agility platform.

Prior to Anystream, Bill was Vice President of Marketing and International for Into Networks. Before Into Networks, Bill served as Director of Business Development and Group Product Manager in the desktop products division of Avid Technology. Early in his career, Bill worked as a Product Manager at Microsoft and as an Account Executive at Young & Rubicam Advertising.

Bill holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an M.St. in Modern History from Oxford University, and a BA in History from Emory University.

Chris Huff - Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales

Chris Huff has more than 20 years of sales and business development leadership experience in public and venture-backed technology companies, and has built and scaled direct sales organizations, as well as indirect sales channels. Chris’ career includes more than 12 years of international sales management experience during which he has generated significant and sustained revenue streams in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Echo360, Chris served as Vice President of Sales for JacobsRimell Ltd., a UK-based provider of advanced IP provisioning software solutions to the telecom. Before JacobsRimell, Chris was the Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at UK-based Cerebrus Solutions Ltd. Chris has also held sales and business development executive positions at TeleKnowledge, Saville Systems, Comshare and IBM.

Chris received a BA in History from Dartmouth College.

Dr. Perry Samson - Head of Teaching Innovation


Perry Samson, founder of LectureTools, is a Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. He holds an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship at the University of Michigan in recognition of “outstanding contributions to undergraduate education” and is the recipient of one of the inaugural “Teaching Innovation Awards” at the University of Michigan. In 2010 he was named "Distinguished Professor of the Year" in the State of Michigan.
 

Michael Peterson - Senior Vice President of Customer Success

Michael Peterson leads the Echo360 customer success program, which drives customer delight and educational outcomes as the central themes in delivery of lecture capture, active learning, and analytical services.  His responsibilities include service deployment, user training and best practices, technical support, and long-term customer satisfaction with a focus on the critical academic success factors of educational institutions worldwide. 

Michael joined Echo360 from GridPoint, a provider of cloud-based, energy-related SaaS services where he served as Vice President of Strategic Account Management.  Previously, he was Vice President of Customer Experience at Neustar - a cloud-based, mission-critical registry and data service provider to the telecom industry.

He also brings education industry experience to Echo360 from his management of the Digital Equipment Corporation education initiative ("TEI") program and leverages his background in the global Internet from his tenure as Vice President of Corporate Development at Internet Carrier PSINet.  He began his career in international trade policy at the U.S. Department of Commerce which led to a formative experience in Honeywell’s public policy and International divisions.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied international relations, European history, and computer science.  He resides in Vienna, VA with his wife and three children and is based at Echo360 headquarters in Reston, VA.