Our Leadership Team
Proven experience leading teams focused on delivering great outcomes.
“The Pomeroy Way” is our guiding principle. It’s a conscious understanding that who we are as individuals and how we choose to interact with others is a direct reflection of who we are as a company and how we will be viewed as an organization. It defines our company and our culture as the place to be, the place to stay and the place to grow.
Christopher C. Froman
Executive Chairman - Pomeroy Board of Directors
Chris Froman is Executive Chairman of the Pomeroy Board of Directors and is responsible for the strategic vision and execution, competitive positioning, and growth of the Company.
Chris joined Pomeroy in 2007 and led the efforts to significantly transform the organization and grow revenue and profitability from 2007 to 2018 and has now rejoined Pomeroy as Chairman and CEO in November 2019.
In 2009, Chris led the public to private transaction of Pomeroy after being acquired by Platinum Equity Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm. He also led the company’s growth strategy, which was accentuated by the acquisition and integration of other complementary services firms. In 2015 Clearlake Capital, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm acquired Pomeroy, and Chris led that transaction along with the simultaneous merger and integration of Tolt Solutions, Inc., a retail focused IT services firm within the Clearlake portfolio.
In 2018, Chris led the successful sale of Pomeroy to Getronics, a European based IT services company with global capabilities, and is now leading the transition of Pomeroy under its legacy brand in North America announced November 2019.
Prior to joining Pomeroy in 2007, Chris served as Senior Vice President, OKI Printing Solutions, and he also held executive roles at Lexmark International and IBM Corporations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chris is passionate about community service and has been an active volunteer in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern KY communities. He previously served as the Chairman of the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, as well as on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, and as a Board Member of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee.
Chief Executive Officer
Bob Watts is Pomeroy’s Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. With decades of leadership experience in the technology industry, Bob is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth of Pomeroy.
He brings over 25 years’ experience in business management with cybersecurity, software and technology services companies including organizations in a wide range of industries and governmental agencies worldwide. His track record reflects that of a hands-on executive with great vision and attentiveness to business operations, and a solid record of building shareholder value, high performance cultures, and transformational results.
Prior to joining Pomeroy as Chief Information Officer in 2020, Bob was CEO of Greater Cincinnati-based cybersecurity firm, Vivitec, a company he founded to provide cybersecurity services to organizations and in the process becoming nationally recognized as a cybersecurity leader. Previous to Vivitec he held executive positions at MicroStrategy, Parametric Technology, and Texas Instruments.
Bob began his career as an U.S. Army Aviation officer with a strong belief in service to his country and his community. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Business degree in Organizational Management from the University of California.
John Blackburn is the President of Pomeroy and is responsible for leading the company’s sales organization and revenue growth strategy. A 30+ year industry veteran, John joined Pomeroy in 2001 after Pomeroy acquired Verity Solutions, where he was founder and President and CEO. During his career at Pomeroy, John has held various executive sales leadership positions in the company and has led efforts to expand the company’s customer base and grow the portfolio of managed service customers.
Prior to joining Pomeroy, John was President of FrontWay Network Solutions, and held various executive roles at SARCOM, The Future Now and Basicomputer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree In Business Administration from The Ohio State University.
Chief Strategy & Services Officer
John rejoined the Pomeroy team in January 2020 as its Chief Strategy and Services Officer. He is responsible for the company’s Services business, corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and the marketing of the Pomeroy brand.
Prior to joining Pomeroy, John served as an independent advisor to a variety of strategy, private equity, financial services and management consulting firms engaged in the IT and business services marketplace. Previously he held other senior leadership positions within Pomeroy, including Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Services. Prior to Pomeroy, John served as Chief Strategy and Services Officer for CompuCom, with focus on outsourcing, sales, consulting, and M&A activities. He also held various senior leadership positions with Oracle, Deloitte and as a founder in his firm.
John has more than 25 years’ experience in the IT Services industry. He is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland with Bachelor of Science.
Chief Financial Officer
Craig Propst is the Chief Financial Officer of Pomeroy and leads the company’s finance team encompassing accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, accounts receivable and payable, invoicing and tax.
A 20+ year veteran of the technology industry, Craig served as Pomeroy’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2008 to 2016 and then rejoined the company in 2020. During his career, Craig has held executive finance positions at publicly traded and privately held software and services companies including PCMS Datafit, Qlik, Logistyx Technologies, and Software Spectrum. Craig began his career as an Air Force intelligence officer and served for nine years, participating in Operation Desert Storm. Craig holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy.
Chief Partner Officer
Bob Burlas currently serves as Pomeroy’s Chief Partner Officer. He manages the company’s overall Business Partner and Alliance Strategy and is responsible for all Procurement Operations.
In 2008, Bob started at Pomeroy as the Regional Vice President for the Cincinnati Region and over the next several years expanded his role to include several geographic regions across the South & Central United States. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as Vice President & Managing Director, Partners & Alliances for Getronics who acquired Pomeroy in July of 2018. Bob has over 29 years of worldwide sales, channel and technology industry experience. Prior to Pomeroy, he worked at Cisco Systems. He was responsible for establishing the worldwide channel strategy and partnerships for several of Cisco’s advanced technology solutions. Prior to Cisco, he held various worldwide sales and executive leadership positions at IBM and McDATA/Brocade.
Burlas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management/Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in 1986 and an MBA degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1989. He is currently, President and Executive Board member on the Purdue University, Krannert School of Management Alumni Association (KSAA) and serves on the local Board of Directors for the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also serves as an active volunteer for the American Red Cross in Indianapolis, IN. He is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his family who reside in Carmel, IN a suburb of Indianapolis.