Duke Skarda joined SoftLayer in November 2010. As the CTO, he holds responsibilities for implementing, designing andenhancing the proprietary SoftLayer Infrastructure Management System (IMS).Prior to joining SoftLayer, Mr. Skarda served as the Vice President of Information Technology and Software Development at The Planet. He served in this role from June 2009 to October 2010. Previously, Mr. Skarda spent 10 years with Level 3 Communications in a series of increasingly responsible positions. As SeniorVice President for its Content Markets Group, he led Engineering and IT development for its Content Distribution Network platform and IT support systems. As Senior Vice President for IT Architecture and Application Development, he led a broad range of programs, including business process management, order-entry and service assurance development. Mr. Skarda also served as Vice President of IT Architecture, where he led the development of a long-range systems roadmaps, systems merger and acquisition planning, and the development of the company's Enterprise Architecture team. Additionally, he has four years of experience with Sprint. Mr. Skarda earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.