Leadership Team

Manak Ahluwalia - president and CEO of Aqueduct Technologies

Manak Ahluwalia

President and CEO

Manak Ahluwalia is President and CEO of Aqueduct Technologies. Aqueduct is regarded as one of the top service providers in North America recognized for its deep technical competencies, commitment to culture, and customer satisfaction. As President and CEO, Manak is responsible for formulating and implementing the strategic plan that guides the vision, mission, and overall direction of the organization. He has been recognized as an entrepreneurial leader by being named a 2016 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40 award honoree.

Prior to founding Aqueduct, Manak worked for Alliant Technologies as their Chief Technology Officer and a member of their board. Manak also serves on a number of industry and manufacturer advisory boards.

Manak is active in the local community coaching recreational programs, working with local charities, and helping further STEM initiatives in Massachusetts. Manak graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He also carries several industry certifications and has completed a variety of leadership programs.

Mike Samoska - Chief Technology Officer at Aqueduct Technologies

Mike Samoska

Chief Technology Officer

Mike Samoska joined Aqueduct in 2016. As Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for driving Aqueduct’s technical strategy and execution, solution and service portfolio, and industry thought leadership. Mike has extensive knowledge in numerous aspects of IT solutions, with a special interest in networking, security, cloud solutions, WAN optimization, application & network performance management, and wireless.

Prior to joining Aqueduct, he has held leadership positions at Innovative Information Solutions, Code Red Networks, and Alliant Technologies. Mike served honorably in the United States Marine Corps.

Outside of work, Mike is active in the local community and works with various volunteer organizations. Mike enjoys biking, running, and tennis. He is a certified CCIE and CISSP.

Jack Kaiser - SVP of Sales and Marketing at Aqueduct Technologies

Jack Kaiser

SVP of Sales

Jack joined Aqueduct Technologies in 2015. As SVP of Sales, he is responsible for the overall management and strategy of Aqueduct’s sales organization.

Jack has an extensive history of developing and growing successful sales and marketing strategies for organizations including International Computerware (ICI), GreenPages and Focus Technology Solutions. Jack was an active contributor and member of Tech Target Server Virtualization Advisory Board for several years and is currently an advisor at SimplyFYI, a wellness company.

Jack leads an active life outside of work and enjoys traveling with his family, hiking, running, golf and ice hockey. He graduated from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. with a degree in industrial distribution.

Valerie Higgins

Valerie Higgins

VP of Finance and Operations

Valerie Higgins is the Director of Finance and Operations responsible for managing the Accounting, Finance, and Human Resource functions at Aqueduct. Valerie works closely with the management team planning and executing company growth, profitability and life cycle HR initiatives.

Prior to joining Aqueduct, Valerie has built efficient teams, processes and infrastructure to support Accounting, Finance and HR operations in numerous corporations around the Boston metro. Most recently she spent five and a half years at Turbonomic during their hyper-growth phase and was instrumental in supporting 26 quarters of consecutive growth by working closely with management to drive top line growth while efficiently managing the bottom line.

In her free time Valerie likes traveling, biking and ballroom dancing. Valerie has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting and an MBA from Bentley University, in addition to a Human Resources certificate from Stonehill College.

Daniel Shih

VP of Customer Experience

Dan Shih joined Aqueduct as Vice President of Customer Experience.  In this role, Dan is focused on ensuring that Aqueduct customers receive the maximum benefit from working with Aqueduct and its partners. 

Dan has been focused on delivering value to customers throughout his career beginning in professional services solution delivery through building and leading customer delivery and customer success organizations focused on identity and access management and cybersecurity.  Across his career, Dan has recognized the need to understand a customer’s objectives in order to deliver value to the customer.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys golf and skiing.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and a graduate degree from Boston University.

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