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AHEAD Appoints Vince Collado as Chief Operating Officer

AHEAD Appoints Vince Collado as Chief Operating Officer

Joining AHEAD through the CDI acquisition, Collado enhances the executive leadership team with robust operational expertise, underscoring the company’s growth plans.

CHICAGO – February 14, 2024 — AHEAD, a leading authority in data, developer, and infrastructure platforms, today announced the appointment of Vince Collado as Chief Operating Officer. Collado joins the company through AHEAD’s acquisition of CDI in February 2024.

Based in New York, Collado will be responsible for global client and service operations, information technology and business applications. His proven track record in driving transformational change and leveraging technology for business excellence positions AHEAD at the forefront of the industry’s evolution. Collado’s diverse background, spanning engineering, sales, finance and operations, brings a unique and holistic perspective to AHEAD.

Collado’s addition to AHEAD’s executive leadership team comes as former Chief Operations Officer Tony Coffey begins a planned exit. Coffey joined AHEAD in March 2021 and throughout his tenure established an integration management office, corporate development function, and matured AHEAD’s operations platforms. Coffey will remain on staff until April 2024.

In his previous role as COO of CDI, Collado was instrumental in digitizing business operations, setting a benchmark for operational efficiency at scale. He was responsible for the company’s services P&L, as well as launching CDI’s digital transformation business. His strategic approach resulted in significant margin expansion and positioned the organization for sustainable growth.

“Vince’s addition to our leadership team comes at a pivotal time for AHEAD as we continue to find innovative ways to drive value for our clients,” stated Dan Adamany, CEO of AHEAD. “His expertise in harnessing cross-department synergy will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of AHEAD. I also want to personally thank Tony Coffey for his years of dedication and contributions to AHEAD—our company has matured in innumerable ways thanks to his leadership.”

“Vince is a visionary innovator whose vast and unique experience aligns perfectly with our strategic goals,” said Rich Falcone, President of AHEAD and former CDI CEO. “With his guidance, we are confident in our ability to exceed the evolving needs of our employees, clients, and partners.”

Under Collado’s leadership, AHEAD is set to redefine industry standards, emphasizing a client-centric approach and a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

Collado expressed enthusiasm about his new role, stating, “I am thrilled to join AHEAD, a company renowned for its commitment to innovation and excellence. I look forward to working with the talented team here to drive operational excellence, enhance client value, and propel the company into its next chapter of growth.”

Before CDI, Collado had a successful five-year stint with storage technology market leader EMC Corporation (now Dell Technologies) and prior to that held engineering and sales roles at PARIS Technologies and Syncsort. Collado is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.

About AHEAD

AHEAD engineers digital platforms that power the most successful organizations in the world. Our consultative approach, technical expertise, and innovative solutions combine to accelerate the impact of technology in every client we serve. For more information visit www.ahead.com.

About CDI

CDI is a fearless force in the global technology landscape. Headquartered in New York City, we’ve expanded our network across the United States, Europe, and Asia, proving our expertise is as boundless as our reach. As pioneers in hybrid IT solutions, we merge innovation with unwavering commitment, providing top-tier technology to businesses of all sizes while transforming complex challenges into digital solutions. CDI was acquired by AHEAD in February 2024. Visit www.cdillc.com to learn more.