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I am an experienced CEO and serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of executive management experience at both public and privately held technology companies. I have started and run two software companies, I have also been the CEO of a small public company and the VP/GM and VP/CTO for several large public technology companies.

I have been a Venture Partner with a venture capital firm, have been an advisor and consultant to numerous storage and networking companies, and have been on the board of directors of several technology companies.

I am an engineer by training with patents in the area of grid computing and analytics on big data. I have been working on computing, networking, storage systems, and software for storing, processing and analyzing big data for most of my career.

I have been an adjunct faculty member at several universities where I have taught business, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization to undergraduates, MBA students, and PhD students in engineering and the sciences.

Specialties:  Bringing new technologies and products into developing markets.


Executive Management position with a technology company.

Work experience

Jun 2013Present



Responsible for EMC strategy for converged infrastructure.

Dec 2011May 2013

Chief Marketing Officer


Responsible for strategy, branding, product definition and marketing and channel strategy for this provider of cloud-based backup and replication software to mid-market customers.

Dec 2009Dec 2011

VP Marketing and Alliances

Visla (formerly Smapper Technologies)

Led the strategy, re-branding, product marketing and distribution strategy for early stage stealth-mode company developing a new technology for data and storage management in virtual environments.

Jan 2008Nov 2009



Co-founded and ran a business intelligence software company focused on providing business intelligence analytics on unstructured data, including text, video, audio and images.  Sold SaaS and web-based software solutions in financial services, brand management and communications, media and advertising, and compliance markets.

Jan 2002Dec 2007

CEO, consultant

Renaissance Consulting Group

Strategy consulting for technology companies and emerging growth technology companies. Services include corporate strategy, market strategy, channel strategy, business development, M&A, interim executive, advisory board services, Voice of the Customer projects, new product definition, new product introduction, market identification, and turn-around execution.

Clients included:  Seagate Technology, LSI Logic, Copan Systems, NeoPath Networks, StoredIQ, Maximum Throughput, RockSoft, Bluestream Ventures, Signal Lake Partners, Silverstorm Technologies, CorEdge Networks, NetEffect, and Panasas


Venture Partner

BlueStream Ventures

Sourced and performed due diligence on storage and software investments.  Worked with portfolio companies in an advisory capacity as needed.  Drove overall strategy for storage related investments.



Tricord Systems

Implemented turn-around for small public company with no product or revenue for 5 years.  Developed patented distributed filesystem technology in the form of a clustered NAS product.   Results: Raised $51 Million in capital through equity offerings.  Delivered new product in 15 months.  Generated first revenue and new customers in over 5 years.  (Company was later acquired by Adaptec).


VP & GM SAN Operations


Established strategic direction for a division containing three business units, including the client/server disk business group ($100 Million), the client/server tape business group ($425 Million) and the Storage Networking business group ($150 Million).  Results:  Drove over 50% profitable revenue growth through a combination of direct, indirect and OEM distribution channels.  Established key OEM partnerships with Dell and SUN.  Developed a $50 Million SAN business in 15 months.  Met or exceeded all business objectives.


Vice President, CTO

Tricord Systems

Held a number of management positions, including VP of Business Development, VP of Marketing, CTO, and General Manager for this computer server company.  Results:  Led the transition of the company out of the server business and into the storage business through the acquisition of a storage management software company.   



Aggregate Computing

Founded the developer of clustering software for simulations based on patented technology.  Customers included all of the top Wall Street brokerage houses, the major CAD software manufacturers and over 100 other customers.  Sold the company to Platinum Technologies.



Control Data Corporation

Member of kernel operating system group developing a multiprocessor version of UNIX.  Representative to Unix International and Open Software Foundation.  Chairperson of the OSF Filesystems SIG.


Program Manager

Helped to win $45 Million Army/DARPA project.  Managed research and development.  Research areas included networking, distributed systems, electromagnetics and optics.


Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Software, Cloud Computing, Business Development, Product Development, Analytics, Leadership, Management,

Patents and Publications

Co-Author of Patent:  “Distributed Processing in Heterogeneous Operating Systems Environments”, Issued August 1995.

Co-Author of Patent:  “Adaptive Archive Data Management”, April 18, 2008.

Co-Author of Patent:  "Method and System for Busiess Intelligence Analytics on Unstructured Data", Filed May 6, 2010.  

Numerous published papers, articles, and presentations in optics, distributed computing, and storage technologies.

Professional Memberships

Adjunct professor at University of St. Thomas

Instructor at Carlson School of Business,  University of Minnesota

Adjunct professor at St. Mary’s University

Yale Science and Engineering

Yale Alumni Schools Committee

Board / Advisory Board Membership

(past) Board of Directors, Forward Health Group - health records analytics software company

(past) Board of Directors (and past Chairman), "The Works", non-profit children's technology center

(past) Copan Systems Advisory Board – storage hardware and software company

(past) NeoPath Networks Advisory Board – storage software company (acquired by cisco)

(past) Akorri Advisory Board – early stage storage software company (acquired by NetApp)


Sep 1984Jun 1986


University of California, Berkeley

Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society

Sep 1982Jun 1984


Stanford University

specializations in distributed systems and computer architecture

Stanford Women's Water Polo Team

Sep 1978Jun 1982


Yale University

Graduated Cum Laude with distinction

Won Lanpher prize in Electrical Engineering

President of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Varsity Swim Team


family, swimming, biking, running, books, teaching, music, entrepreneurship, triathlons