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."

 

Richard Taylor - Chief Marketing Officer

Richard Taylor oversees strategy and daily operations for Echo360’s global marketing, public relations and communications teams. Prior to joining Echo360, Richard was the Founder and President of WiseChoice Brands, the leading online provider of college guidance solutions for students and families.

Before founding WiseChoice Brands, he was Senior Vice President for Brand Marketing at AOL where he pioneered innovations in advertising and media that leveraged online, social marketing and product integration. Richard also served as Vice President of Global Marketing at Burger King where he established the company as the leader in entertainment marketing. Early in his career, Richard worked as a marketing executive in the beverage industry where he lead international brands such as Martini & Rossi and Bacardi.

Richard earned a BA from the University of California. He has been a board member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame since 2005.

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.

Debbie Mitchell - Vice President, Human Resources

Debbie has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources.  She has worked in a diverse collection of industries from aerospace to non-profit, hospitality to professional sports.  She was the first Director of HR for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys Football Club, and one of the first people to hold this position in the league.  A native of Denver, Colorado, Debbie holds a Bachelors degree from Stanford University and a Masters degree from Northwestern University.
 

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.
 

Robert Stoneking - Vice President, Client Services and Operations

Bob brings more than 20 years of experience in management, systems implementation, professional services and technical support to Echo360. He is responsible for the company’s post-sale client success including installation readiness, deployment, training and technical support to ensure a seamless on boarding process and long-term client satisfaction.

Bob’s experience spans the public sector, telecommunications, and media and entertainment industries. Prior to Echo360, Bob led the professional services team for Grab Networks where he was responsible for the installation and technical support for the company’s 700-plus broadcast customers. Before joining Grab Networks, Bob spent 15 years in systems implementation, professional services and technical support at a variety of companies including ManTech Is&T, Spirent Communications and BDM International. Bob’s management and training experience began during his tenure in the US Navy.

Bob holds an MS in International Business from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Management from The New School for Social Research.