Dean Nelson is the Founder and Chairman of Infrastructure Masons, a professional association of industry executives and technology professionals entrusted with building and operating the physical and logical structures of the Digital Age. Since its founding in 2016 iMasons has amassed a global membership representing over $150Bn in infrastructure projects spanning 130 countries.
Dean is a seasoned technology executive with a 30 year career building and operating digital infrastructure portfolios. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Dean Nelson Inc, a strategic advisory and consulting company. Prior, Dean lead the Infrastructure Metal team at Uber responsible for Metal as a Service (MaaS) technical infrastructure (data center, compute, storage, network and infrastructure software) and business functions serving Uber’s global leading ridesharing business, as well as UberEats, UberFreight, UberHealth, UberForBusiness, and Autonomous vehicle and UberAir development. The portfolio served 100 million trips a week in more than 600 cities spanning 6 continents.
Prior to Uber, Dean worked at eBay Inc as the Vice President of Global Foundation Services, which served over 300 million active users enabling over $250Bn of enabled commerce volume annually. At the end of his tenure at eBay, his team successfully integrated, then split eBay and PayPal infrastructures into two independent internet companies. Prior to eBay, Dean worked at Sun Microsystems for 17 years in various technical, management and executive leadership roles in Manufacturing, Engineering, IT and Real Estate. His final project was the consolidation of Sun’s multi-billion dollar global technical infrastructure portfolio of over 1,000 facilities.
Through his 30 year career, Dean he has driven $10B in infrastructure projects in 9 countries. His extensive architecture, engineering and operations experience includes 30 years in Hardware, 23 years in Network, and 18 years in Data Centers and Infrastructure Software. He has produced numerous award-winning innovations in mission critical facilities and compute environments. He also holds four US patents.