Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO
Tarkan Maner joined Nexenta as Chairman and CEO in September of 2013. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive leader, investor, advisor and philanthropist, Maner brings over 20 years of experience working with disruptive and revolutionary technology solutions that lead to better living in a better world.
Maner brings to Nexenta an impressive resume of experience with leading technology companies, as a global executive operator as well as an investor and advisor. His operational and investment areas of focus include infrastructure software, social media, mobility, virtualization, converged infrastructures, contextual intelligence and cloud computing. He had leading executive roles at Dell, Wyse, CA, IBM, Quest, and Sterling Software. He is the founding chairman of TechAmerica’s cloud computing commission. He has been serving on the boards of the Bay Area Council, World Economic Forum's Cyber-Security Alliance, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a coalition of senior executives to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the region and the world through its advocacy around public and private policy issues, from the mecca of innovation and progress; Silicon Valley. He is involved in leading, advising and fund-raising for several global not-for-profit organizations and programs around economic development, poverty elimination, entrepreneurship, education and social justice including: Ernst &Young Entrepreneurship, Strategic Growth and Innovation Programs, Americas Society/Council of Americas (AS/COA), MIT’s Collaborative Infrastructure Initiatives, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Project Skolkovo (Russia), and eLearning Africa.
Maner has been an advisor to several IT start-up companies and boards. He is the winner of the 2012 and the lead judge of the 2013 Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Programs in California and a frequent speaker, commentator and author on current business, economic and social issues in the media and academic circles. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey with a B.S. degree in Engineering Management. He received an MBA degree at Midwestern State University in Texas.
Phil Underwood, COO
Phil Underwood joined Nexenta as its Chief Operating Officer in late 2013. Phil brings nearly 30 years of experience in the IT industry around improving operations, growing market share and strategic business development with a strong financial and operational management background. Phil also led several strategic programs around customer, partner and M&A transactions.
Alex Aizman, CTO, Founder
Alex, along with Nexenta co-founder Dmitry Yusupov, created the iSCSI stack that was accepted into the Linux kernel in mid-2005. (see http://www.open-iscsi.org). They also built the innovative hybrid operating system, Nexenta Core Platform, with an OpenSolaris kernel and a GNU (Ubuntu/Debian) user space (www.nexenta.org).
Prior to founding Nexenta Systems, Alex was Director, Software Architecture at Neterion, Inc., and Director of Software Engineering at Silverback Systems, Inc. (acquired by Brocade). Alex co-invented Large Receive Offload (LRO), the broadly adopted method to improve TCP and UDP performance, with and without assistance in the hardware. He has patents pending in the area of protocol offload and high-speed networking.
Dmitry Yusupov, Chief Systems Architect, Founder
Dmitry, with Nexenta Systems co-founder Alex Aizman, is co-creator of the iSCSI stack that was accepted into the Linux kernel. This same Open-iSCSI project forms the basis of most iSCSI solutions used today. Their experiences attempting to build enterprise-class storage with the Linux kernel encouraged both to create the innovative hybrid operating system, Nexenta Core Platform (www.nexenta.org).
Prior to founding Nexenta Systems, Dmitry was at Neterion, Inc., where he led the development of high performance 10G networking driver architectures for Linux and Solaris operating systems. Prior to Neterion, Dmitry was at Silverback Systems where, with Alex Aizman, he was working on iSCSI and TCP/IP offload driver architecture for Linux and embedded operating systems.
Rick Martig, Chief Financial Officer
Rick Martig joined Nexenta in October 2012 as CFO. Rick brings twenty-six years of senior leadership, finance and accounting experience in public and private companies. Most recently, he was Vice President of File & Content with Hitachi Data Systems after the HDS acquisition of BlueArc in September 2011. Martig served as BlueArc’s Chief Financial Officer from July 2008 until September 2011, and was responsible for Finance, Human Resources and IT. During his tenure, BlueArc registered with the SEC for an IPO prior to the sale to HDS.
Prior to BlueArc, Martig was CFO at Genesis Microchip, a $200 Million public company (acquired by ST Micro) and spent 14 years at Xilinx, with his last role as Sr. Director of Corporate Finance responsible for all SEC public filings, corporate finance and worldwide accounting organization, managing a global organization of 80+ in Asia, Europe and California.
Rick has a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, Moraga ‘00 and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce-Finance from Santa Clara University ‘84.
Jon Ash, VP of Sales
Jon has been involved in the Sales and Marketing of advanced storage technology for more than 20 years and has experience selling storage systems to enterprises across the globe. Recently, Jon has worked with several startups in the Storage Compression and Virtualization markets. He was VP Sales at Storwize and, prior to that, VP Sales at MaXXan, where he was responsible for building the Sales and Support teams to ensure customer success worldwide.
Jon started his career with Unisys, in the UK, selling to large Financial and Commercial customers. He moved to the United States in 1994 to head up marketing of a Unisys storage product line. He has a degree from the University of Warwick, England.
Rick Hayes, VP of Technical Operations
Rick brings more than two decades of industry experience to Nexenta. Previously, he was the principal consultant for the data center practice at GlassHouse Technologies. At Glasshouse, he developed and managed strategic IT projects focusing on data center consolidations and migrations for enterprises in energy, finance, insurance, and networking markets.
Prior to Glasshouse, Rick was director of global services at MaXXan, a leading innovator of intelligent storage network infrastructure products. Rick also has served as director of global field operations at StorageNetworks, and has held management and leadership positions at Dynegy, Sprint Paranet, Minnesota Department of Military Affairs, and the U.S. Army.
Brad Stone, General Manager, Nexenta Greater China
Brad is an experienced veteran of both startups and name-brand companies. Brad has more than 20 years of experience architecting, designing, and implementing enterprise software solutions for small and large companies.
Prior to joining Nexenta, he co-founded MenloWare, where he built a policy-based storage management platform for a large storage-as-a-service provider. He also built a self-healing agent infrastructure for the Air Force. Previously, Brad was CTO at Resonate, where he helped take the company public and transformed the company from Internet traffic management software to active service-level management. Brad also has designed system management products for Symbol and Hewlett-Packard.
Bill Fuller, VP of Engineering
Bill Fuller has been involved in storage industry for over 30 years. He was instrumental in early development of RAID and Fibre Channel. Previously, he has been VP of Engineering at Auspex and MonoSphere with stints at StorageWay (an early Storage Service Provider), Nishan (FC IP bridging and iSCSI), Mendocino (early CDP provider) and Quest (storage management for virtual environments). He has a BSEE degree from the University of Wisconsin, and an MSEE from Stanford University.
Jim Fitzgerald, VP of Business Development
Jim is an experienced technology veteran who brings a wealth of industry and business development knowledge to Nexenta. Prior to joining Nexenta, Jim had stints as VP of Sales and Marketing at System Fabric Works, specialists in InfiniBand storage solutions, and Global Bay Technologies. He was also the founder and CEO of SteelEye Technologies, a leader in data application protection technology on Linux. At Steeleye, he led strategic partnership and reseller agreements with the likes of IBM and HP.
Prior to founding SteelEye, Jim had a successful career at Sun Microsystems in a variety of sales and marketing positions ultimately serving as SunSoft’s Senior Director of Business Development where Jim and his team managed key strategic partnerships such as Fujitsu, IBM, NCR and Xerox, and negotiated and closed a wide variety of strategic partnerships, technology and corporate acquisitions and joint ventures. Jim holds a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Monica Walls, VP of Human Resources
Monica is a proven leader in Human Resources with 15 years of experience and serves as Vice President of Human Resources. She is responsible for development and implementation of people strategy and world class HR programs to attract and retain top talent in an environment that proactively addresses the professional and organizational needs of the company and its employees. Monica is responsible for all aspects of HR, driving global recruitment efforts, foreign subsidiary setup and company culture. Her knowledge of HR and organizational operations, ability to lead change, strategic thinking and global mindset has made Nexenta a great place to work.
A California native, Monica holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix