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About Solarflare

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. Bandel's investment focus is on Information Technology and Clean Energy.

    Bandel is currently on the Boards of Airspan Networks, Boston Power, Centric Software, eSolar, FirstRain, Good Technology, Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Mimosa Networks, MobiTV, NeoPhotonics, Nexant, NextNav, nLight, Norse, Protean Electric, SmartDrive, Solarflare Communications, and Sundrop Fuels. Bandel has also led investments in and/or served on the Boards of 2Wire, Avici, CoreTek, Endwave, Fiber Tower, Netopia, Phononic Devices, Picture Tel, Polycom, Presidio, Qtera, Sentient Networks, Tegic, Trapeze Networks, Wellfleet, Entropic, Illustra/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, Bandel joined Morgan Stanley's Venture Capital Group in 1983. He was responsible for advising Morgan Stanley on high-tech new business development, as well as sponsoring venture investments.

    Bandel 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

    Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd.

    Charles Cotton is Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon Ltd. He co-authored The Cambridge Phenomenon 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise and The Cambridge Phenomenon: Global Impact. He is a Director of Frontier Developments Plc; Solarflare Inc.; XMOS Ltd; Cambridge Enterprise and is a member of its Investment Committees; Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Cambridge Innovation Capital; Deputy Chairman of Cambridge Ahead; a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah and AUS Enterprises.

    Previously he was a Supervisory Board member of Euronext Amsterdam listed, Tele Atlas which was sold to TomTom for $4.3Bn in 2008; Executive Chairman of NASDAQ listed, GlobespanVirata Inc.; and CEO of Virata Corp. which he took public on NASDAQ in 1999 and achieved a market cap of more than $5Bn at its peak.

    Prior to that he was President of Thermal Scientific Inc, and a Director of London Stock Exchange listed Thermal Scientific Ltd. His engagement in high technology dates back to 1983 when he was Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research Ltd. After graduating, he worked in the automotive industry at British Leyland and Ford.

    He holds a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


  • John Hamm

    John Hamm

    Technology Chief Executive Officer, Venture Investor, Executive Coach and Business Author

    John Hamm brings decades of experience in growing companies, both in executive leadership positions and in serving on boards of Directors. He has served on the boards of Brocade Communications, Documentum (acquired by EMC), IronPort Systems (acquired by Cisco), SiliconStor (acquired by LSI), Truveo (acquired by TWC-AOL) and Webify (acquired by IBM). Hamm has also served as CEO of PonoMusic and Accept Software. Hamm also held senior positions at Western Digital and Adaptec. Hamm started his professional career at Hewlett Packard. In the venture capital community, Hamm was both a GP at VSP Capital and a venture partner at Redpoint Ventures. John holds a Bachelor, Science degree in Engineering from Purdue University - Engineering Physics and Engineering Management.


  • Mark Potter

    Mark Potter

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Group, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

    Mark Potter is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the 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, sales and Hewlett Packard Labs to set strategy, help incubate new businesses and accelerate EG's innovation agenda to a broader set of customers.

    Prior to this role, Potter served as the senior leader over key business areas at HP spanning close to a decade. Most recent, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager (GM) of the $14+ billion server business which included the industry standard and mission critical server portfolios. Before taking the server leadership role, Potter was the GM of HP's Blades business growing it from $400M to over $3B in revenue and establishing it as the clear #1 market leader and establishing new categories of products in the market. In addition, he served as the GM of the strategic infrastructure software business at HP which focused on developing and growing cloud software and infrastructure management solutions, as well as managing key OEM software relationships with Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware.

    The recipient of eight engineering patents, Potter has held numerous senior business and management positions since joining Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in 1989. In addition, Potter currently serves on several boards including private and public companies as well as nonprofits. Before joining HPE, 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.