Nancy Phillips

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Flexential, Executive Chair of the Board
NCWIT Board of Directors, Chair

Nancy serves as the chair of the board of Flexential, which was born of the combination of IT infrastructure powerhouses Peak 10 and ViaWest to create a leading provider of data center solutions spanning colocation, connectivity, cloud, managed solutions, and security services. Nancy is also a Managing Director at Rallyday Partners, a private equity firm focused on lower middle market growth companies.

Nancy is a 30-year veteran of the telecommunications and IT infrastructure industry. She has spent her entire career building and growing service-focused organizations demonstrating the power of people in a technical world. A longtime leader in Denver’s tech industry, she co-founded ViaWest in 1999 and served as its President and CEO, successfully scaling the company to become one of the largest colocation and cloud providers in the industry until its $1.675 billion acquisition by GI Partners in 2017.

Previously, Nancy served as president of Shaw Business Infrastructure Services, a division of Shaw Communications (NYSE:SJR). Nancy held founder and executive leadership positions with numerous technology companies, including TSC, ConferTech International, ITC, RMI.net and Intrepid Communications, where she enabled significant growth while maintaining a deep customer-centric focus. She has raised over $1.1 billion in equity during her career and consistently provided strong returns to her shareholders.

Nancy is a passionate supporter of the Colorado entrepreneurial community as well as furthering the participation and advancement of women in computer science. She serves on the boards of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, where she is chair; Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network; Espire; FoodMaven; and Genesis Research, and she formerly served on the National Cybersecurity Center as well as the University of Denver Board of Trustees.

Nancy has received numerous accolades for her visionary leadership and, in 2016, was honored with the inaugural Colorado Governor’s Citizenship medal for Growth and Innovation, which recognized her as an entrepreneur with exceptional ingenuity who seeks to inspire and create new possibilities for others. She also was selected as the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Technology Services for the Mountain Desert Region. Nancy has also been recognized in the global technology community when she received the Canadian Governor General’s Medallion in recognition of her distinguished track record building technology businesses.

Nancy embraces the best of Colorado by spending time with family in the mountains skiing, cycling, and hiking. A native of Toronto, Nancy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Canada.

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