Dr. Richard Nottenburg, Chairman
Dr. Nottenburg is a business consultant and private investor working with early-stage and established technology companies in the semiconductor, software and wireless communications industries. Previously, Dr. Nottenburg served as the Chief Executive Officer of two public companies, Sonus Networks, Inc. and Multilink Technology Corporation. He also held various executive officer positions with Motorola, Inc., ultimately serving as its Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Nottenburg currently serves on the boards of Aeroflex Holding Corp. (NYSE:ARX), PMC-Sierra, Inc. (NASDAQ:PMCS) and Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:VRNT). Dr. Nottenburg holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University, and a Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Georges Antoun is Chief Operating Officer of First Solar, a global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems using advanced thin-film modules. Prior to joining First Solar, Georges managed the Next Gen Transport & IP networks product Line and strategy for Ericsson. Prior to Ericsson, he helped drive the turnaround of Redback Networks while leading product management and development efforts (later acquired by Ericsson). Prior to Redback Networks, Georges held various VP positions within the Cisco Systems service provider organization supporting carrier and optical sales as well as field engineering. Georges also worked for Newbridge Networks and Nynex Science and Technology (now Verizon). Mr Antoun also serves on the board of directors of Ruckus Wireless (NYSE:RKUS), a company pioneering wireless infrastructure for carriers and enterprises. Mr. Antoun holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an M.S. in Information Systems from NYU Poly and an Executive Management degree from the Ericsson program at Columbia University.
Cheemin Bo-Linn, Ed.D. is the President of Peritus Partners, an international consulting group focused on leading companies to the next level of growth and increasing business valuation. She also serves as an advisory board member for SpeedTrack, Inc. and WITI (Women in Technology International). Previously, Dr. Bo-Linn’s roles have ranged from Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Revenue Officer at growth companies to IBM Vice President and Storage Systems executive. Her experience includes cloud computing, big data analytics, and social mobile convergence. She has also held board positions at various companies and associations including the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG Silicon Valley) and the American Electronics Association. Dr. Bo-Linn is a graduate of the University of Houston Doctorate Program with expertise on “Computer-Based Management Information Systems and Organizational Change”.
William H. Kurtz
Mr. Kurtz has been a director of Violin since November of 2014 and chairs Violin’s Audit Committee. He is also on the board of directors of PMC Sierra, a position he has held since 2003, where he also chairs the Audit Committee. Mr. Kurtz joined Bloom Energy, a developer of fuel cell systems for on-site power generation, as Chief Financial Officer in March 2008. From September 2005 to March 2008, Mr. Kurtz served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Novellus Systems, Inc., a global semiconductor equipment company. From March 2004 until August 2005, Mr. Kurtz served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Engenio Information Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-performance modular enterprise storage systems. From July 2001 to February 2004, Mr. Kurtz served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of 3PARdata, Inc., a data storage company. From August 1998 to June 2001, Mr. Kurtz served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Scient Corporation, a provider of professional services. From July 1983 to August 1998, Mr. Kurtz served in various capacities at AT&T, including Vice President of Cost Management and Chief Financial Officer of AT&T’s Business Markets Division. Prior to joining AT&T, he worked at Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Mr. Kurtz is a certified public accountant (inactive).
Larry Lang is an independent, senior business leader with extensive management and product development experience in start-up, early stage, and Fortune 100 environments. He has served on the Violin board since 2010. Larry also serves on the board of Boomerang, and has previously held board positions at Infineta Systems, and BelAir Networks. Previously, Mr. Lang served as president and CEO of QuorumLabs, Inc. where he was influential in driving significant growth in their annual revenue, expanded the leadership team, and grew indirect channels. Prior to joining Quorum, Larry served as vice president and general manager of the mobile service provider business unit at Cisco. Prior to joining Cisco, Larry was Vice President of Product Management at start-up company Ipsilon Networks, later acquired by Nokia. He started his career at Bellcore. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from Stanford University.
Mr. Vivekanand Mahadevan, who is known as Vic, is Chief Executive Officer of Dev Solutions, Inc., a consulting firm that helps technology startups build next-generation market leaders in data analytics, security, storage and cloud markets. Previously, Mr. Mahadevan served as the Chief Strategy Officer of NetApp, where he led NetApp’s business strategy and identified new market and new product opportunities and supported NetApp’s strategic alliances and partnership activities/ Prior to joining NetApp Vic served as vice president of marketing at LSI Corporation where he drove all aspects of product management, marketing and business alliances. Prior to joining LSI, Vic served as President and CEO of Deeya Energy, Inc. a company that develops and manufacturers stationary electrical energy storage solutions.He also held various senior management positions with leading storage and systems management companies including BMC Software, Compaq, Ivita and MaXXan Systems. Mr. Mahadevan currently serves on the board of Overland Storage, Inc., formerly Overland Data, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVRL). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, and a Master of Science.in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Iowa.
David Walrod is an independent investor and entrepreneur with a focus on high growth companies in technology, healthcare and financial services. Previously, David was a general partner at Oak Investment Partners where he led and managed equity investments in a range of companies, including NextG Networks (CCI), Presidio Networked Solutions, Zayo Group, Wavestream (GILT) and CoreTek (NT). David has also worked with Vodafone Ventures and Bridgescale Partners as well as McKinsey & Company. Currently, David sits on the boards of Pier 88, SCRx, Gener8, Lumasense Technologies, TrustID and Violin Memory. He also has significant experience internationally, having worked and lived in countries as diverse as China, Indonesia, Brazil, and Vietnam. David received his B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Research Lab of Electronics and completed a J.D. at the Harvard Law School.