Board of Advisors
The Panzura Council Board of Advisors is composed of experts and representatives of the high tech industry. This group is chartered to ensure that the team has a well rounded vision for the ongoing development and growth of Panzura and all Panzura products. The Board of Advisors possess expertise in fields covering the full range of the companies activities and verticals and they provide guidance on particular projects and larger strategic initiatives.
Carl Bass, President and CEO, Autodesk Corporation
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Previously he held several executive positions at Autodesk, including CTO and COO. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. He serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk, E2open, the Art Center College of Design, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and the UC Berkeley School of Information. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cornell University.
Aruna Ravichandran, Vice President, Global Product and Solutions Marketing, CA Technologies
Aruna is a global marketing leader with her 20+ years of experience in Marketing and management. She specializes in SaaS and digital marketing leading with data driven omni-channel marketing that contributes to the company’s revenue and profitability. She is currently the VP/CMO of Cisco’s Webex Collaboration business. Before coming to Cisco, she has held leadership roles at several other companies – VP of Marketing for CA Technologies $1.5B DevOps business (acquired by Broadcom for $19B), VP of Marketing and Strategy for Software Defined Networking (SDN) at Juniper Networks. She started her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard. She has also authored two technology books on DevOps and is an independent blogger for Forbes and other industry forums. Aruna was named the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley 2016 by the San Jose Business Journal, received the National Diversity Council’s 2016 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award, and Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the year 2018. She holds a degree in Computer Engineering and an MBA, both from Santa Clara University, and a graduate of Kellogg Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) program in 2019.
Mike Gustafson, Executive Chairman and Independent Board Director, Druva
Mike Gustafson has successfully led multiple technology companies and teams over 25+ years including public and private companies, as well as high growth businesses from pre-revenue to multi-billion-dollar revenues. Mike was previously CEO and Chairman of Virident Systems, which was acquired by Western Digital Corporation and where he became SVP and GM of the Flash Systems Business Unit. He also served as CEO and Board Member of BlueArc Corporation, which was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems, where he later served as SVP and GM of the File and Content Business. Earlier in his career, Mike was SVP of Sales, Services, and Marketing at McDATA (MCDT), which went public in 2000. He has also held executive positions across sales, products, and channels at IBM. Mike also serves on the boards of Reltio, Matterport, Everspin (MRAM), and PDF Solutions (PDFS), and is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the MS Society. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis – John M. Olin School of Business.
Peter Danzig, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Virtuata Inc.
Peter Danzig advises and invests in early-stage companies. In 2010, he co-founded Virtuata. In 2008, he served as CEO of Wirama Inc. In past years, Peter has advised or invested in several successful networking companies, including Ironport Systems, Riverbed Technologies, Peribit Networks, and Arrowpoint Networks. Danzig was an adjunct associate professor in computer science at the University of Southern California and has taught regularly at Stanford University. His research on Internet object caches resulted in the reference implementation for Internet web caches and the basis of the most successful commercial Content Delivery Networks and products, such as Akamai, Squid, the Cisco cache engine, and Network Appliance’s NetCache. He served as Vice President of Technology of Akamai. Peter served as chief architect and CTO of Network Appliance’s NetCache division. Peter founded Internet Middleware Corporation to build the first industry-grade web caches, and sold the company to Network Appliance in 1997. Peter received his B.S. in Applied Physics from University of California Davis and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley.