Tim Smith is an accomplished systems and network expert with a unique mix of technical, operations, and executive experience. Tim joined AppNexus in 2010 as Vice President of Technical Operations and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2012. Tim is responsible for the production service delivery infrastructure at AppNexus, including data centers, networks (internal and external), servers, storage, data warehouse appliances/subsystems, and other such systems, while also managing Corporate IT. During his tenure at AppNexus, Smith has substantially and consistently reduced operating costs on a per unit basis, built a highly regarded team of 40+, and greatly improved system stability during a period where the company has grown phenomenally (e.g. from 20 employees to over 500, from 600 servers to close to 6000).
Smith started his career working for the Navy and later the Army’s Ballistic Research Lab as a lab technician and then network systems specialist.
Smith was subsequently recruited to the private sector by Sun Microsystems as a network systems and Internet specialist and later worked on Internet systems technologies at various companies including the first commercial Internet Service Provider, UUNET Technologies, followed by a number of other startups including Wayport, a boutique ISP, as well as VoIP pioneer Vonage.
Additionally, Tim has worked as a Consultant in Technology Operations, Information Security, Information Technology Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (IT GRC), and Venture Capital due diligence.