Board of Directors

  • Russell Stern

    Russell Stern

    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.


  • Bandel Carano

    Bandel Carano

    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.


  • Charles Cotton

    Charles Cotton

    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.


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