Board Gains Talents of Five

by Don Rodriguez

The Arizona Technology Council has named five new members to its board of directors. They are:

Chris Koziol, president of Aspect, which helps enterprises break down the walls between people, processes, systems and data sources. He has more than 30 years of progressive experience in managing and directing high-growth, mature and startup technology companies. Koziol has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience as he has participated as an operating executive in 12 strategic acquisitions.


Irena Milanovic, vice president at Wells Fargo Commercial Bank. Her experience includes underwriting and advising privately held middle-market companies on various aspects of financial transactions, including commercial debt structuring, strategic capital investments, leverage finance, investment banking, global banking and treasury management. Milanovic also has helped multinational companies with complex treasury management needs.


David Pinkus, vice president of software engineering at Infusionsoft, creator of an integrated sales and marketing software solution for small business. He currently leads a team of 70 engineers building an SaaS sales and marketing automation platform. Pinkus’s experience ranges from raising venture capital as founder of his own startup to serving as CIO at a public company.


James Winebrenner, vice president of worldwide sales at Viptela, which provides software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology that virtualizes WAN infrastructure. He is responsible for global go-to-market strategy and leads the field sales, channels and business development teams. Winebrenner’s experience includes global sales management and technical marketing experience in cybersecurity and network infrastructure across a range of industry verticals.


Russ Yelton, CEO of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, a regenerative medical company that operates a human tissue bank. He previously was president and CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, where he oversaw multiple business incubation sites. Yelton also currently serves as chairman of the board of AZBIO and chair of the Flinn Bioscience Entrepreneurship Committee.


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