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President and Chief Executive Officer
Russell Stern has served as President and CEO at Solarflare Communications since 2004. He was formerly President and CEO at JNI Corporation in San Diego, California. Prior to JNI, Stern served as General Manager and COO at Quantum Corporation. For more than 13 years, he held a number of increasingly responsible positions in the disc drive industry including five years at Western Digital Corporation in Irvine, CA, where he held the positions of Sr. VP, R and D, VP, Worldwide Operations and as Co-Chief Operating Officer. Stern has also held executive engineering and marketing positions with Seagate Technology and Adaptec. He began his career at IBM, where he held various engineering and management positions in the development and manufacturing of the IBM PC / XT / AT and PS/2. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Stern is also Chairman of the Foundation Board for the Orange County High School of the Arts, a chartered public school in Santa Ana, CA.
Managing Partner, Oak Investment Partners
Bandel L. Carano, Managing Partner, joined Oak Investment Partners in 1985 and became a General Partner in 1987. Mr. Carano’s investment focus is on Clean Energy and Information Technology. Mr. Carano is currently on the Boards of Airspan Networks, Aurora Algae, Boston Power, Centric Software, eSolar, FirstRain, Good Technology, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, MobiTV, Nexant, NeoPhotonics, nLight Photonics, Plastic Logic, Protean Electric, ReliOn, SmartDrive, Solarflare Communications, and Sundrop Fuels. Mr. Carano has also led investments in and/or served on the Boards of 2Wire, Avici, CoreTek, Endwave, FiberTower, General Bandwidth, Mimosa Networks, Netopia, PictureTel, Polycom, Presidio, Qtera, Sentient Networks, Tegic, Trapeze Networks, Wellfleet, Entropic, llustra/Informix, Sybase, Tele Atlas, Actel, Airgo Networks, CommQuest, Kenet, Level-5, NanoH2O, NemeriX, Newport Media, Resonext, SMIC, Synaptics, Virata, InterConnectix, Parametric, SunSun Lighting, Synopsys, Tensilica, Wavestream, and Zayo. Prior to Oak, Mr. Carano joined Morgan Stanley’s Venture Capital Group in 1983. He was responsible for both advising Morgan Stanley on new high-tech business development and sponsoring venture investments. Mr. Carano received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.
Director, Cambridge Enterprise
Charles Cotton is an experienced director of public companies listed on Nasdaq, Euronext Amsterdam and the LSE and private companies in the USA and Europe. He is a Director of technology companies Solarflare and Veebeam in California, and XMOS and Cambridge Enterprise in the UK. Prior to its acquisition by TomTom, in 2008, Cotton was a Supervisory Board member of Euronext Amsterdam listed, Tele Atlas. Previously, he was Executive Chairman of GlobespanVirata and CEO of Santa Clara based Virata which he took public on NASDAQ, in 1999. Cotton was CEO of Shandwick Europe; President of Boston Mass. based Thermal Scientific Inc, and a Director of LSE listed Thermal Scientific. He got the technology bug working for Clive Sinclair as Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research. Before that, Cotton held senior Operations, Finance, Marketing and Product Planning positions at British Leyland and Ford. He has a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Arts.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard Company
Mark Potter is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for HP's Enterprise Group (EG), a $28 billion annual revenue business that includes server, storage, networking, technology services, and cloud solutions. In this role, he works closely with the business and HP Labs to incubate new businesses, accelerate EG's innovation agenda to a broader set of customers and align field technical sales capabilities to ensure HP is viewed as a strategic partner by those that matter most – our customers.
Prior to this role, Potter served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the $12+ billion server business, including HP Moonshot; HP ProLiant servers, the world's No. 1 server brand; HP's BladeSystem, the world's number one bladed infrastructure; and the Insight family of management products. Under his guidance, HP's server business redefined the server market with the introduction of HP Moonshot System, the first software-defined server and HP ProLiant Gen8, the world's most intelligent server. He also launched HP "EcoPOD", a modular datacenter that set a new standard in datacenter efficiency.
In addition, Potter was responsible for key areas of HP's infrastructure software portfolio where he led the development of an industry leading converged infrastructure management platform, HP OneView, and was responsible for the creation, launch and ramp of HP CloudSystem. HP CloudSystem is an industry leading private cloud solution1 installed at over 1000 companies around the globe.
Prior to his server leadership roles, Potter was the GM of HP's BladeSystem and Software business where he launched new product and sales programs that expanded HP's BladeSystem business from $400M to more than $3 billion and overtook the market leader to establish HP as clear #1 market share leader in this fast growing segment of the market. Potter was responsible for the introductions of HP c-Class BladeSystem, HP Insight Control management software and HP Virtual Connect – a virtual networking innovation that has shipped more than 10 million ports to date and continues to differentiate HP BladeSystem today.
The recipient of eight engineering patents, Potter has held numerous senior business and R&D management positions since joining Compaq Computer, now a part of HP, in January
1989. Before HP, Potter served in leadership and engineering roles in the aerospace industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and serves on the University's Dwight Look College of Engineering Board of Advisors as well as the Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Board of Advisors. Potter also serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Technology Center (HTC), the largest business incubator and accelerator in Texas.