David L. Steward, Chairman of the Board
David L. Steward co-founded WWT with Jim Kavanaugh in 1990. With more than two decades of experience in the technology industry, David spends the majority of his time developing strategic supplier, customer and employee relationships. He plays a key role in WWT’s pursuit of large contract bids within its industry specific operating companies. Prior to starting WWT, David held various senior-level management positions with Wagner Electric, Missouri Pacific Railroad and Federal Express Corporation. Steward holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Central Missouri State University. Steward was also awarded Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters by Harris Stowe State University (2002) and Lindenwood University (2010).
Jim Kavanaugh is the co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology. Kavanaugh and his proven management team have guided WWT from a small start-up technology company into a world-class organization.
In the early years, Kavanaugh solidified WWT’s financial position through profitable growth and a $27.5M venture capital investment which was repaid in 2005. Kavanaugh currently focuses his time in the areas of technology innovation, long term planning, strategic acquisitions, financial performance, employee development, and passionately overseeing WWT’s unique corporate culture. Prior to founding WWT, Kavanaugh worked at Future Electronics and played professional soccer. He received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Saint Louis University (SLU) in 1986.
Kavanaugh has won numerous business, entrepreneurial and charitable awards over the years and earned a position in the Saint Louis University Business Hall of Fame. He was recognized by Glassdoor as the #2 ranked CEO in 2017 for all large businesses in the U.S. Kavanaugh is an investor and board member of cybersecurity firm Privoro. Deeply committed to giving back to the community, Kavanaugh has served as president of the board for St. Patrick Center, an organization that provides homeless services for Missourians. He also has been a trustee of the board for his alma mater, Saint Louis University since 2010. He is Chairman and Founder of Saint Louis FC, which plays in the United Soccer League, Chairman of Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and investor owner in the St. Louis Blues. Additionally, he has been involved in supporting many local and nationwide charitable organizations such as ALS Association, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Toys for Tots, Cardinal Glennon, Junior Achievement and United Way. Kavanaugh serves as a Vice Chair of the CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri – St. Louis Chapter through the American Cancer Society. Kavanaugh recently led a global fundraising initiative in which he agreed to shave his head if WWT employees raised more than $500,000 in six months. To date, the initiative has raised more than $1.4 million.
Joe Koenig has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry. As President, he directs and manages all sales, marketing, business operations and professional services. He is responsible for managing relationships with key business partners and customers while setting the overall strategy of the business. Prior to WWT, Joe held various sales, marketing and project management positions with Computer Sciences Corporation. Koenig holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Louis University.
Thomas W. Strunk, Chief Financial Officer
Tom Strunk has nearly 20 years of industry experience, serving as WWT’s Vice President of Finance from 1994 until October 1999. From 1999 to 2002, Tom served as CFO for Telcobuy. As current CFO for WWT, he directs and manages the WWT finance and accounting operations and oversees a staff of accounting and financial managers. Before joining World Wide Technology, Tom served as Controller for a privately-held construction company. Strunk is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Louis University.
Mike Taylor is WWT’s Chief Technology Officer responsible for go-to-market sales engineering, information technology and WWT’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC). In his role, Mike helps define and execute WWT’s go-to-market strategy and connect business strategy into the IT organization. Mike is focused on fostering a culture of innovation across engineering and technology, while also positioning IT tools and the ATC as differentiators in the market. Mike’s engineering teams are focused on evaluating, architecting and operating complex technology solutions and connecting those platforms to business outcomes. Mike serves on the board at Nurses for Newborns and holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Columbia College in Columbia, MO.
Ann W. Marr, Vice President, Global Human Resources
As Vice President of Global Human Resources, Ann Marr oversees all human resources functions, which include talent management, policy development, benefits administration, training, leadership development and employee relations as well as managing the company’s supplier diversity program. Ann has over 20 years of human resources experience and has held positions with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Anheuser-Busch Companies. Ann is also chair of the WWT Charitable Foundation and is very active in the St. Louis community. Ann serves on the board of the St. Louis Regional Chamber Association, Maryville University Board of Trustees, St. Louis Police Foundation and the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human resources management from Webster University.
Erika Schenk, General Counsel, Vice President of Compliance
Erika Schenk joined WWT in 2014. Erika has responsibility for managing all legal activities and leading the various compliance efforts within the company. Before joining WWT, Erika spent three years at The Boeing Company, where she served as Senior Counsel. Prior to her time at Boeing, Erika spent 14 years in private practice at Bryan Cave LLP, where she was a partner in the corporate/transactional groups, and served as leader of the firm’s Commercial Practice team. During her time at Bryan Cave, Erika worked extensively on behalf of WWT helping negotiate contracts with customers and vendors in addition to helping us with many other important legal projects.
As vice president of Corporate Business Development, Bob Olwig has company-wide responsibility for driving World Wide Technology’s strategic initiatives, global marketing, business development and global alliances. Bob joined WWT in 1996, and from 1999 to 2002 Bob served as CTO for Telcobuy.com. Bob has more than 35 years of experience in the information technology industry, including various technical, marketing, sales and sales management responsibilities at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Novell. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Saint Louis University. Bob serves as Board President of St. Patrick Center, an organization driving to eliminate homelessness in St. Louis, MO.
Sara Goellner has been with WWT for more than 19 years and is the Chief of Staff to our CEO. During her WWT career, Sara was a member of the internal technology team focused on application design, development and management. Her previous role in IT was Director of IT Governance, leading our efforts regarding agile transformation, enterprise architecture, project management, service management, IT financials, IT security and quality assurance. Sara is currently focused on our CEO agenda, which includes evolving our GTM strategy and sharing our message and value regarding combining infrastructure and software capabilities to drive technology and business outcomes. Additionally, she leads efforts to operationalize our culture, our leadership development program and innovation initiatives.
Matt Horner leads WWT’s Commercial Sales organization as Senior Vice President, Global Enterprise Sales. In his 19 years at World Wide Technology, Matt has led the Professional Services group, fostered our Cisco alliance relationship, spearheaded development of our East enterprise business and has been a catalyst for global expansion in Europe and Asia. In 2010, he was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of its top “40 under 40” young executives in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. In 2011, Horner joined the Board of Directors for NPower. He is also involved in a number of other charitable organizations throughout St. Louis and New York City including United Way, World Pediatric Project and Futures in Education. Horner resides in St. Louis and graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with a degree in international business management.
As SVP of Public Sector, Bryan Thomas is responsible for WWT’s federal, state and local government and education organizations. In his role, Bryan is accountable for developing and maintaining relationships with customers, key vendors, prime integrators and vertical partners. Bryan is focused on providing clarity, direction, accountability and education to the field sales team for WWT. Bryan has been with WWT since 2000 and has held leadership roles across the federal business unit. Bryan holds a bachelors degree in computer information systems from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.
Kraig Ecker leads World Wide Technology’s Global Service Provider organization, which enables service providers to deliver next-generation technology platforms through WWT’s idea to outcome-based approach and global fulfillment capabilities. As Senior Vice President, Kraig has leveraged his deep industry expertise and relationships with executive-level Fortune 500 accounts to remarkable growth, taking our Service Provider business from $1.5B to over 86% growth, with investment in the Emerging Service Providers. Today, WWT’s entire Service Provider business is $4.7 billion of the company’s total $11.4 billion.
Bob Elfanbaum currently serves as WWT’s Vice President of Innovation. Bob was a co-founder and the General Manager of Asynchrony Labs, acquired by WWT in 2015. He is a CPA with over twenty-five years of broad-based experience in management, sales, accounting, financial analysis, technology and operations. As VP, Innovation, he oversees the development and go-to-market strategy for WWT products.
Chester T. Gloyd, Vice President, Operations
As Vice President of Program Management, Chester Gloyd has responsibility for managing start-up, continuous improvement and profitability of major supply chain programs. Chester joined WWT in 1998 from Andersen Consulting. From 1999 to 2004, Chester ran WWT’s business consulting practice, taking responsibility for the Program Management team in 2005. Chester holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.
Jeree Hanavec, Vice President, Global Operations
Jeree Hanavec has been with WWT for over 15 years, providing strong leadership and expertise in many different operational areas under global supply chain and ordering. In her current role as VP, Global Operations, Jeree oversees WWT’s Supply Chain Operations and Global Order Operations teams.
Mark Franke, Vice President, Global Supply Chain Services
Mark Franke has over twenty years experience in supply chain and business development roles. Mark joined WWT in 2000 and is currently responsible for leveraging WWT’s global supply chain capabilities, alignment of sales/operational support and helping to build a strong culture of High Performance Teams across the organization. Previous roles at WWT include program management and information technology. Prior to WWT, Mark spent nine years at Newell-Rubbermaid in sales management and product development. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mark S. Donnel, Vice President, Finance
Mark Donnel has over 25 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance. Mark began his career at Arthur Andersen and Company, where he served as an audit manager. Prior to joining WWT, Mark was an audit partner at a local St. Louis accounting firm, where he served as the partner in charge of the audit division. Mark has been with WWT since 2000 and has also served as the Director of Finance for Telcobuy. Donnel has been in his present role as Vice President of Finance for almost 10 years and manages the accounting and finance team. Donnel is also responsible for treasury management, financial reporting and operations as well as accounting operations. Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he graduated cum laude in 1987. Donnel holds a Certificate of Public Accounting from the State of Missouri and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Tim P. Loughman, Vice President, Sales Operations
As Vice President of Sales Operations, Tim Loughman has corporate responsibility for developing and overseeing all aspects of sales operations including vendor alliance, inside sales, procurement, contract administration, customer service and pre-sales technical services. Prior to joining WWT, Tim was employed by McDonnell Douglas Missiles Systems Company responsible for business management activities supporting various defense Contracts. Loughman has almost 20 years in the IT industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Tom Gain, Vice President, Professional Services
Tom Gain joined World Wide Technology in 2001, and during the past 14 years, Tom has played a key role in building out our program and delivery management capabilities. Under Tom’s leadership, our annual professional services revenue has grown significantly.