CEO, Nimble Storage
Suresh has served as the CEO of Nimble Storage since 2011, and as a member of the board of directors since 2009. Prior to Nimble Storage, Suresh served as CEO of Omneon (acquired by Harmonic), and as a senior executive at NetApp for 10+ years where he led the company’s product strategy and development and served as a key architect for the expansion of NetApp’s product portfolio into new markets. Before joining NetApp, he worked at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. in New Delhi, Mumbai, and in Chicago, as a senior engagement manager. Suresh holds an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Calcutta, India and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India.
Founder and VP of Engineering, Nimble Storage
Varun leads the company’s product operations, and spearheads the strategy of the company with the executive team. Varun was the founding CEO in 2008, leading the company through its first three rounds of funding and a record rate of customer acquisition. Prior to Nimble, Varun served as the vice president of engineering at PeakStream Inc., a startup that was acquired by Google. Varun also served as vice president of engineering and was the twelfth employee at Data Domain, where he built the team that delivered the company’s first products to market resulting in 800+ units sold in its first two years of shipping. Varun spent over six years at NetApp, which he joined as its eleventh employee. He also held senior management positions at FastForward Networks, Panasas, and Sun Microsystems. Varun holds an MS in computer engineering from Rice University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Frank Calderoni has more than 30 years of financial expertise, business thought leadership, and operational excellence. He joined Red Hat in June 2015 and currently serves as the CFO and vice president of operations. Prior to Red Hat, Calderoni served as CFO and executive vice president at Cisco Systems where he also served in the roles of senior vice president, Customer Solutions Finance and vice president, Worldwide Sales Finance. Prior to Cisco, Calderoni served as CFO and senior vice president at QLogic Corporation and SanDisk. Earlier in his career, he spent 21 years at IBM Corporation and was promoted to vice president prior to taking on two CFO roles. While at IBM he held controller responsibilities for several divisions, including Global Small Business, Storage Systems, and the IBM Server Group.
Jim Goetz of Sequoia Capital works with cloud, mobile and enterprise companies. Jim currently serves on the board of Appirio, Barracuda, Clearwell, eMeter, Jive, MetaSwitch, Palo Alto, Sencha and Widgetbox. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2004, Jim served as a General Partner at Accel Partners where he led the investments in Entrisphere (ERIC), Peribit (JNPR), RGB, and Rhapsody (BRCD) and was part of the team responsible for BroadJump (MOTV), Timetra (ALA) and Topspin (CSCO). Earlier, Jim was a Founder of VitalSigns (LU) where he went on to serve as VP/GM of the VitalSoft division of Lucent. Prior to VitalSigns, Jim was the Vice President of Network Management for Bay Networks. Jim has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
William “BJ” Jenkins
William “BJ” Jenkins has served as president, CEO, and board member of Barracuda Networks since November 2012. Previously, he served as president of EMC’s backup recovery systems (BRS) division. Jenkins originally joined EMC in 1998 and served in a range of executive assignments that included: chief of staff for the BRS division; senior vice president of global marketing; vice president of telecom, media and entertainment and outsourcing sales; vice president of global field marketing and director of operations and global channels. Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned a B.S. degree in general engineering, and he later went on to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Jerry Kennelly has more than 30 years of strategic management and technology experience. He co-founded Riverbed Technology and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Prior to founding Riverbed, Kennelly spent six years at Inktomi Corporation where he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Secretary. Prior to joining Inktomi in October 1996, Kennelly worked for Sybase, Inc. 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. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dominican University of California.
Ping joined Accel Partners in 2004, and focuses on big data/storage, cloud computing, mobile, and gaming. Ping has over 15 years of experience as a technology investor and operating executive, helping build market-leading technology companies and product lines. He serves on the boards of Cloudera, Nimbula, and ScaleXtreme, among others. Prior to Accel, Ping worked at Juniper Networks as a senior product line manager for their flagship M-series router products. Ping was actively involved in Juniper’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Netscreen Technologies. He also served as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, advising technology clients in their growth strategies. Ping has an extensive international background as well, with experience at Singapore Telecom and Goldman Sachs Asia. Ping holds an A.B. from Harvard University with honors, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Bill Schroeder is a retired Silicon Valley CEO with over 30 years of operating experience in creating and growing technology companies. He has taken several companies from start-up or early operation to public company status, including Diamond Multimedia as CEO, Conner Peripherals, a storage company, as president, and Priam, a disk drive company, as CEO. More recently, Schroeder helped launch Vormetric, a data-security company aimed at protecting enterprise and cloud storage, serving as CEO. Prior to these positions, Schroeder was employed in technical and managerial positions with Memorex, McKinsey & Company, and Honeywell. He holds the MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School and the MSEE and BSEE from Marquette University. Schroeder currently serves on the boards of public company Con-way and private companies Xirrus and Vormetric.