Panzura was co-founded and funded by a team of engineers and venture capitalists with over ten years of working experience and success together. Before Panzura, they developed the core security and performance technology at wireless networking leader Aruba Networks, and the application delivery technology in Alteon WebSystem’s Layer 4-7 switching products. Today, Aruba is a public company (NASDAQ: ARUN) and Alteon was acquired by Nortel for $7.8B.
Randy Chou, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Randy’s experience spans 15 years of technical and management leadership in the security, networking, and application acceleration fields. Prior to co-founding Panzura, Randy was a member of the founding software team at Aruba Networks, where he managed the architecture and development of the company’s security software. The combination of his technical expertise and business acumen helped Aruba become the leader in the enterprise Wi-Fi security market. Prior to Aruba Networks, Randy led the development of SSL security and load balancing software at Alteon WebSystems. Randy holds a degree in computer science from UC Berkeley.
John Taylor, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer
John built his career in software development and engineering management in the computer and networking security industries. His work is the foundation behind leading ATM switching, web acceleration, and Wi-Fi products. John has a reputation for growing start-ups into publicly traded companies. Before co-founding Panzura, John was a member of the founding software team at Aruba Networks, where he served as Director of Engineering. Prior to Aruba Networks, John was a lead software architect and engineer at Alteon WebSystems, playing an instrumental role in the creation of the load-balancing market. At FORE Systems, John was a software engineer before the company began trading publicly in 1994. John completed his master’s degree in computer science at the University of Virginia.
Michael Morgan, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Morgan has more than 20 years of experience in managing all aspects of finance and administration for private and publicly held technology companies, building companies from start up through IPO and leading M&A transactions on both the buy and the sell side. Prior to Panzura, he served as CFO at Model N, where he built out a worldwide finance and administration team and helped guide the company to profitability during a period of significant growth in both revenue and employees. Prior to Model N, he served as CFO at Skybox Security, where he raised several rounds of venture financing and scaled the company’s financial systems and corporate infrastructure as they rapidly grew. Before Skybox, Michael was CFO at BackWeb Technologies (Nasdaq: BWEB), a publicly traded provider of technologies and solutions for massively scalable Web synchronization technologies. Michael was also CFO at Talarian Corp., where he orchestrated their successful IPO and led their acquisition by Tibco (Nasdaq: TIBX). Prior to Talarian, Michael was CFO and board member at Enlighten Software Solutions, where as one of the two original executives he managed their successful IPO and secondary offering. Michael spent the first six years of his career gaining financial and operations consulting experience as a manager with KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP. He is a CPA and holds a BS from San Jose State University.
Rich Weber, Chief Strategy Officer
With over 20 years of experience in the enterprise software, networking and storage industries, Rich is a hands-on manager of product management, IT and operations teams. Rich has also previously held Director and VP-level roles in product management and operations. Before joining Panzura, Rich was VP of Operations at Opvista and prior to that ran operations at Wi-Fi infrastructure provider Trapeze Networks, which was acquired by Belden in 2008.
Barry Phillips, Chief Marketing Officer
Barry Phillips is responsible for Marketing and Product Management at Panzura. Barry was most recently the CMO of Egnyte. Prior to Egnyte, Barry was the CMO of Wanova (acquired by VMware) where he led Marketing, Sales, and Business Development. Barry came to Wanova from Citrix Systems, where he was the Group Vice President and GM of the Delivery Center Product Group. Barry has held executive roles at Net6, Nortel Networks, Everypath, and Cranite Systems. He began his career in United States Naval Aviation where he logged over 1,000 hours in a P-3C Orion. Barry holds a Bachelors of Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters of Computer Science from UCLA.
Flavio Santoni, Chief Revenue Officer
Flavio Santoni is Panzura’s Chief Revenue Officer and brings over 25 years of executive management experience in the technology space. Flavio leads all revenue generating functions of the company including sales, alliances and strategic partnerships. Prior to Panzura, Flavio was CEO of Syncsort, a data integration and data protection company. During his tenure at Syncsort, Flavio led the spin out of the data protection business forming Catalogic Software. Prior to Syncsort, his career included an eight-year tenure at LSI as Executive Vice President and Co-General Manager of the Engenio Storage Group as well as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support for its storage systems division. Before joining LSI, Flavio was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Sutmyn Storage Corporation, a company that pioneered Virtual Tape technology in the Mainframe space, and held various senior management positions with Memorex Telex in the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. Flavio earned a degree in Electronics from IX Istituto Tecnico in Milan, Italy. He also has completed the Stanford University AeA/Stanford Executive Institute program for the management of high technology companies.
Shyam Desirazu, VP of Engineering
Shyam has over 20 years’ software development and management experience across a broad spectrum of the computer industry including caching, storage, networking and social media. He was most recently at Zynga, where as a Senior Director of Engineering he played key roles in the Zynga Platform team and in the Hidden Chronicles and Poker Game Studios. Prior to that, he was a Senior Director at Bytemobile, a wireless optimization startup that was acquired by Citrix in 2012. Before Bytemobile, he served in various management positions at NetApp where he was responsible for the development of data storage and caching products. While at NetApp, he also spent a year in India starting up and growing NetApp India Engineering, a strategic initiative for the company’s global software development effort. His early career has included key development roles at Akamai, SGI and Sun Microsystems. Shyam holds a B.Tech in Engineering from IIT Madras and an MS in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo.
Jeff Herr, VP of Sales, North America
Jeff has over 30 years of enterprise storage sales experience and has run highly successful sales teams. Early on, he was one of NetApp’s first Area Sales Directors and helped grow the company from its infancy. More recently, Jeff served as Director of Cloud Alliances at Riverbed Technology, overseeing the growth of their cloud strategy. Jeff has also held various sales executive positions at Scalent, Index Engines, and NuView. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.
Diptish Datta, VP, Strategy, Enterprise Applications
Diptish brings over 25 years of technical leadership experience in the computer networking and storage industry. Prior to Panzura, Diptish led customer operations at Gridiron Systems where he built and managed all customer-facing functions and led the strategy and implementation of back-end data mining and alerting tools. Before that, Diptish served as VP of services engineering at NetApp where he was the pioneer and executive champion for the development of the remote support technology and infrastructure. Diptish holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor’s degree from IIT in India.
Al Sadler, VP of Operations
Specializing in the building and managing of high-growth organizations, Al Sadler brings 35 years of experience with Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups to Panzura as VP of Operations. Formerly VP of Operations at CloudShield Technologies and OpVista, Sadler has also served in executive positions at multiple public and private companies across the enterprise technology landscape, including COO at Trapeze Networks and Alidian Networks.