Members of the Zones executive team were selected for their experience, strategic thinking and planning skills, and their ability to effectively produce results in the IT solutions marketplace.
Chairman and CEO
Firoz Lalji is chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Zones, LLC. Prior to his tenure at Zones, Lalji was the founder, president, and CEO of Kits Cameras, Inc., which he built into a chain of 225 stores across the U.S. and Canada. Lalji obtained his Bachelor of Science degree (Economics) from the London School of Economics and attended Harvard Business School. He serves on multiple advisory boards, including the board of directors of US Bank of Washington, the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, the London School of Economics, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Lalji is also founder and chairman of the Program for African Leadership (PFAL) Foundation as well as the Program for African Leadership at the London School of Economics.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Derrek Hallock was named President in 2020 in addition to holding the Chief Operating Officer role at Zones since 2017. In this role, Hallock leads the company's Partner and Product Management (PPM), Marketing, Operations, and Supply Chain, along with Logistics, Integration, Technology Solution Centers, and Service Delivery divisions. In this role, he is responsible for driving innovation and collaboration across the company's partner ecosystem, increasing operational and supply chain efficiency, optimizing costs, elevating the Zones brand, and strengthening global service delivery for Zones clients, with an overarching mission of enabling industry-leading customer experiences and client satisfaction.
Hallock leverages broad industry experience gained at SED International, Tech Data, and CompuCom Systems, where he led a progression of sales management, strategic marketing, and global supply chain organizations. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Supply Chain Management and went on to earn his Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Senior Vice President, Operations and Chief Information Officer
Anwar Jiwani was named Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in 2000. As CIO, Jiwani oversees the company's global IT strategy and systems supporting all ecommerce, finance, sales, operations, and cost reduction initiatives through automation. He also leads the company's digital transformation to benefit customers, team members, and partners, and manages its offshore office in India, comprised of IT, global operations, and sales team members.
Prior to joining Zones as Vice President of Information Technology in 1999, he held a series of senior information technology management positions at Royal Bank of Canada, ultimately leading the bank's Call Center Technologies organization. Jiwani attended Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ronald McFadden has been part of the Zones senior team since 1998, leading Corporate Finance, Human Resources and Business and Legal affairs. McFadden earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business and an undergraduate accounting degree from the University of Southern California. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer
Dominic Camden was named senior vice president and chief sales officer at Zones in 2017. Overseeing commercial field sales and public sector, Camden plays a strategic role focused on building and shaping the Zones sales organization to meet the increasing need for IT solutions. His background is deeply rooted in the development of highly productive sales organizations. Most recently, Camden served as the senior vice president of Enterprise Sales at Zones. In this role, he spearheaded investments in infrastructure and people, securing multiple Fortune 500 customers. Prior to joining Zones, Camden was senior vice president of Sales at CPCS, an IT solution provider acquired by Zones in 2003. Before CPCS, Camden was senior director of Sales at VisionTek, and held sales and management roles at GE Capital IT Solutions and IBM. Camden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Specialty from Marquette University.
P. Sean Hobday
Senior Vice President of Global Business Development
Sean Hobday was named senior vice president in January 2012 to lead the company's global expansion efforts in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, India and Canada. Since then, he has architected a global footprint to serve Zones global customers around the world. Hobday has held multiple leadership positions at Zones, including director of client development, vice president of enterprise sales and president of Zones Corporate Solutions. Hobday has specialized in developing global sales and operational units to serve global clients in the enterprise and mid-market space. Prior to his time at Zones, Hobday served as managing director of Blue Ice Leisure in Sydney, Australia, an Austral-Asian division of First Team Sports.
Senior Vice President and Chief Services Officer – Zones, LLC
Jai Venkat is the Senior Vice President and Chief Services Officer of Zones, LLC. He is responsible for leading, strengthening, and automating Zones' global services capabilities through an integrated approach to service delivery and solutions, providing increased value to clients through digital transformation. Venkat brings over 30 years of experience in sales, operations, service delivery, business transformation, and program management to Zones.
Prior to joining Zones, Venkat served as Corporate Vice President, GM & Industry Group Head, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (now DXC Technology), where he was responsible for a large portfolio across all services. Previously, he has also held senior executive leadership roles at Cognizant, Capgemini, and Infosys, leading large industry groups and service delivery units/practices.
Venkat has proven his ability to manage and drive transformational global service delivery and new business models across multiple vertical industries. He has also demonstrated thought leadership through many media engagements throughout his career.
Saad Ayub, Ph.D.
Chief Digital Officer – Zones, LLC
Saad Ayub is the Chief Digital Officer at Zones, LLC. As the CDO, he is responsible for developing overall digital strategy and driving enterprise-wide transformation of Zones' business model and service offerings.
Prior to joining Zones, Ayub served as a Global CIO at Scholastic and a Divisional CIO at Aetna and The Hartford. In addition, he also worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he worked with clients on technology strategy and transformation of IT organizations, and as a research scientist and product developer in the field of artificial intelligence at GE Corporate Research & Development and GTE Labs.
In these roles, Ayub has proven his expertise in the world of IT, digital strategy, and artificial intelligence, which led to his being named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld Magazine in 2013.