Li9 Leadership

Li9 was established in 2007 and headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Li9 has grown organically into a solutions provider supplying  business and IT services to large enterprise customers.    Li9 is a business value focused IT firm providing expertise in open source and cloud enterprise solutions.  Li9 helps clients build continuous improvement strategies using cloud, automation, orchestration, DevOps methodologies, security, and customized workflows.

CEO – Arthur Othon

Art joined Li9 in 2015 to provide leadership in establishing Li9’s strategies and goals that deliver IT solutions with true business value to Li9 customers.  Art has held a number of executive positions in the public and private sector.


His 2019 Li9 initiatives are to focus on the business value of technology, closing the chasm between IT departments and C-level executives, while implementing technology solutions that establish customers’ solutions based on hybrid-cloud, automated and open source solutions that provide measurable business value.

President  – Armando Arias

Armando Arias is the founder of Li9 Technology Solutions.  He works closely with CEO Art Othon in establishing goals and strategies, along with managing Li9’s operation and technology teams. 

Guided by Armando’s leadership, Li9 has provided enterprise level solutions to customers to Global companies since 2007 and is currently focused on creating software defined automated infrastructures for customers, in order to improve and/or replace traditional IT infrastructures. 

Armando’s extensive industry experience includes technical and leadership positions at Bank of America, US Airways, Hitachi Data Systems, and Hewlett Packard.   He graduated with a Masters in Business from Arizona State University.

CTO and Principal Architect –  Artemii Kropachev

Experienced Information Systems Architect with broad background in multiple  IT disciplines including Open Source infrastructures, DevOps, CI/CD, automation, and  large scale implementations.  Artemii leads the Architects and Engineers for Li9 in the design and implementation of IT solutions worldwide.  He has a track record of solving customer business problems with technology solutions through proper planning, flexible execution, and excellent customer service. 

Director of Marketing – Suzu Solkin

Suzu has responsibility for marketing, partner relationships, brand management and corporate development.  Prior to her current role at Li9, Suzu served as the Executive Director at  Fountain Hills Center for the Arts, where she worked successfully on major donor development, fiscal recovery and strategic program development.   She is skilled in Customer Service, Strategic Planning, Management, Community Collaboration and Marketing. Strong marketing professional graduated from Florida International University.


Director of Sales – Simon McAuley

Simon has deep sales experience in IT Infrastructure as well as PaaS and SaaS; particularly with Dev Ops and Application Development.  Simon recently spent 6 years with HP Enterprise Software and more recently with a venture capital start up.