Charles Cassidy

  • Cumming US-GA
Charles Cassidy


Engineering Executive with extensive experience in product life cycle management and process improvement. Broad experience including business unit management; the design and development of innovative storage systems; corporate strategic planning and the analysis, selection and successful integration of acquisition targets. Expert in Solid State Disk technology and storage performance analysis. Solid track record managing people and leading effective teams. Served on senior management team that took DLTtape business from $100M to $1.2B.

Work History

Work History
2007 - 2009

VP of Engineering and Manufacturing

Scientific Games

Served as VP of Engineering and Manufacturing responsible for the design, development and production of terminal hardware, firmware and peripherals for this Gaming market leader.

Successfully directed the group through the design and production release of 4 new terminal platforms in just 20 months. Successfully executed 3rd party Asian manufacturing strategy to reduce terminal cost by 25% and reduce annual overhead by $1M per year. Drove improvements in electronics design to improve robustness and reduce cost by 10%. Led group through development of new wireless peripheral technology and new optical document reading technology. Build bench strength in the electrical and firmware disciplines with key hires.

Aug 2004 - Mar 2007

Director of Operations

Zebra Technologies

Served as Director of Operations responsible for integrating newly acquired companies.

Led design engineering and manufacturing operations for the leading provider of Photo ID and dye sublimation photo printers.

Planned and executed integration of Atlantek into Zebra while maintaining double-digit revenue growth.

Enhanced the robustness and reliability of products through more rigorous use of engineering and manufacturing process, particularly in the areas of verification testing, reliability testing and the handling of non-conforming material.

Successfully moved production from Atlantek’s Wakefield, RI facilities to Zebra facilities in IL and CA. Shutdown the RI facility and moved the organization to Zebra’s Warwick, RI location.

Led the technology integration of Swecoin, a leading provider of ticket, kioskand embedded thermal printers acquired by Zebra in October, 2006. Managed the move of Swecoin US toZebra’s Warwick, RI location.

Jan 2003 - Aug 2004

VP of Engineering

RING Technology Enterprises

Served as VP of Engineering  for this startup designing high-performance SAN storage subsystems.

Led design and development  Prepared engineering plans and specifications for a high-performance SAN Storage Hub. Presented technology to potential customers and investors.

Designed ASIC architecture for SPortal and DPortal chips. Developed plans and chip architecture to rapid prototype using FPGA technology. Evaluated IP cores for Reed-Solomon ECC, DDR SDRAM and Fibre Channel interfaces.

Nov 1994 - Apr 2001

VP of Engineering

Quantum Corporation

Served in several key roles for this global leader in data protection, including Vice President of Storage Systems and Software in the Advanced Development Laboratories of Quantum's $3.3B Hard Disk Drive business and Vice President and Manager of the Solid State Business Unit.

Vice President, Storage Systems and Software, AD Labs  (2000-2001)Vice President and Manager, Solid State Business Unit  (1998-2000)Vice President of Engineering, Storage Systems Division  (1997-1998)Director of Engineering, Solid State Storage, SSPG  (1995-1997)Storage Architect, Specialty Storage Products Group  (1994-1995) 

Led 40+ person, cross-functional business unit charged with developing storage systems; managed $8M annual budget. Led engineering team through development of 3 product generations, 5 ASICs, port of firmware from C to C++ and change of microprocessor from 68000 architecture to NEC RISC.

Re-engineered product development and life cycle process; achieved on-time completion and beat performance specification by 20% on first product. Instituted rigorous firmware code management and regression process that improved product quality and OEM customer satisfaction. Directed group through ISO 9001 registration process, and obtained registration on first audit with only nine months of effort.

Led efforts to choose tape library acquisition candidate. Performed engineering due diligence for acquisition of ATL Products.  Developed and successfully executed engineering integration plan.

Represented division on company-wide strategic planning teams. Researched five to ten year business and consumer trends and defined strategic response, which led to acquisitions of ATL Products and Meridian Data and entry into consumer electronics with Quantum QuickView.

Jan 1985 - Nov 1994

Consulting Engineer

Digital Equipment Corporation

Consulting Engineer (1991-1994) Principal Engineer (1987-1991) Senior Engineer (1985-1987)

Key contributor to next-generation solid-state disk and memory system advanced development. Represented Memory business on Storage Patent Committee, Storage Strategy Task Force and System Architecture Review Group. Frequent speaker at trade shows and marketing events.

Jan 1984 - Jan 1985


May 1980 - Jan 1984

Senior Engineer

UTC Hamilton Test Systems