Silicon Valley and Technology Industry Veteran Brings a Long Track Record of Effective Executive Management to High Growth Storage Company
April 16, 2013 – Today Nimble Storage, the leading provider of flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions, today announced that Jerry Kennelly, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Riverbed, has joined the company’s board of directors. Kennelly brings more than 30 years of strategic management and technology experience to Nimble Storage’s board including major roles as an early executive or founder in three successful startup companies and two very successful IPOs. Kennelly has a long track record of effective executive management in high growth, innovative technology companies, both large and small.
“I was attracted to Nimble by the innovative technology, the quality of the management team and the early track record of strong execution,” said Kennelly. “There is a new paradigm for storage technologies in which Nimble is an early leader with increasing market share that puts it in an important lead position.”
Kennelly co-founded Riverbed in May 2002 and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dominican University of California. Prior to founding Riverbed, Kennelly spent six years at Inktomi Corporation, an infrastructure software company, where he served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and secretary. Prior to joining Inktomi in October 1996, Kennelly worked for Sybase, Inc., an infrastructure software company, in a number of senior financial and operational positions, Oracle Corporation as finance director for US operations, and Hewlett-Packard Company as worldwide sales and marketing controller for the Tandem Computers Division. Kennelly holds a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a Masters degree from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
“As we continue to gain market share from established players in the market, we need to bring in additional strategic advisors to capitalize on our opportunities in the industry,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO of Nimble Storage. “Kennelly has an amazing success rate leading technology companies through record growth and in establishing winning cultures. His experience will provide valuable insight as we take Nimble to the next level.”
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Nimble Storage believes enterprises should not have to compromise on performance, capacity, ease of use, or price. Nimble has developed the first hybrid storage architecture engineered from the ground up to seamlessly integrate flash and high-capacity drives. Our customers enjoy as much as 10x faster application performance, enhanced backup and disaster recovery, and stress-free operations—all while lowering their TCO. Nimble Storage solutions are available through a global network of world-class channel partners. For more information, visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.
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