Veteran AWS and Microsoft Executive Matt Collins Appointed VP of Engineering and Solutions

Matt-Photo1-HiRes-400pxMCLEAN, Va. (May 4, 2015) — Day1 Solutions, the cloud services and solutions expert, announced today that Matt Collins has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering and Solutions. As a member of the company’s executive leadership team, Mr. Collins will be accountable for driving innovation across the solution portfolio, and will serve as a trusted advisor to Day1 Solutions’ customers, partners, sales and delivery teams on cloud computing strategies, best practices, emerging technologies and trends.

“Matt brings a wealth of industry experience building and rapidly scaling teams to meet high growth market demands, and is highly regarded by his peers and enterprise customers as an innovative thought leader for customer-centric cloud solutions,” said Luis Benavides, founder and CEO of Day1 Solutions. “The leadership and experience Matt brings to Day1 will be a tremendous asset, as we continue on a hyper-growth trajectory fueled by more enterprise customers moving mission critical IT operations to the cloud.”

“The cloud service provider landscape is beginning to mature where the ability to quickly scale to meet growing demand, continuously improve quality and accelerate innovation will determine market leadership for years to come,” said Matt Collins, vice president of engineering and solutions for Day1 Solutions. “I’m excited to join a company that is well positioned to be a dominant leader in the market, and look forward to working with the company’s enterprise customers, Luis and the entire Day1 Solutions team to achieve their goals.”

Mr. Collins is a veteran technologist with 30 years of experience leading growth, innovation, and change across IT service organizations. Prior to joining Day1 Solutions, Mr. Collins served as the US East Region Professional Services Leader for Amazon Web Services (AWS), developing the company’s consulting practice and supporting many of the company’s largest enterprise customers in transitioning to the cloud. Mr. Collins brings particular expertise in IT Strategy, application development, security, governance, risk and operational compliance strategies.

Prior to AWS, Mr. Collins spent 15 years at Microsoft, earning numerous promotions to progressively responsible leadership positions. In his most recent role as General Manager in Microsoft Information Technology, Mr. Collins served as the global leader of solution management for sales and marketing organizations worldwide, where he is credited with improving delivery execution, strategic planning, and significantly increasing business value across the portfolio.

Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Collins served as Director of Technology Services for GE Capital, where he was responsible for distributed computing, networking, and enterprise architecture; and as Director of Technology Services for American Express, where he managed the company’s distributed and mainframe computing environments. Mr. Collins has also held leadership roles in a number of start-up companies.