Management Team

Kevin DeNuccio, President and CEO

Kevin A. DeNuccio is Violin’s President and Chief Executive Officer and has served as a member of the board of directors since February 2014.

Previously, Mr. DeNuccio served as Chief Executive Officer of Metaswitch Networks Ltd., a telecommunications hardware and software company, from February 2010 until June 2012. He remained a member of the Metaswitch Networks’ board of directors until joining Violin. Mr. DeNuccio served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Redback Networks Inc., a provider of edge routers, from August 2001 until its acquisition by Ericsson in January 2007 after emerging from bankruptcy in 2004. From 1995 to 2001, he held a number of executive positions at Cisco Systems, including Senior Vice President of worldwide service provider operations. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. DeNuccio was President and CEO of Bell Atlantic Network Integration, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications). He has also held senior management positions at both Unisys Corporation and Wang Laboratories network integration and worldwide channel partner business.

Mr. DeNuccio previously served on numerous public and private boards of directors including Redback Networks, JDS Uniphase Corporation, KPMG consulting (BearingPoint), Netpliance (TippingPoint), Salesnet and SanDisk. He currently serves on the board of directors of Calix, GrndCntrl, SevOne, and Northeastern University.

He earned a Master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northeastern University.

Jon Bennett, CTO

Jon Bennett is a Violin co-founder and CTO of hardware and technology, as well as the inventor of the Violin Switched Memory (VXM) technology.

Jon has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree (with Research Honors) from Carnegie Mellon and a Master’s Degree from Harvard University. In his 20-year career he has held Senior Architect positions at Fore Systems, BBN Technologies, Xylan, and Motorola. Jon was Chief Engineer at RiverDelta Networks (1999-2001), a company that developed an industry-leading cable head-end platform (CMTS) and was acquired by Motorola.

Jon holds over 25 issued US patents and many more are in process as a result of his work at Violin.

Steve Dalton, SVP Engineering

Steve joined Violin in 2013, as vice president, software from Intel where he was the GM of Intel’s datacenter flash software organization, responsible for flash development for enterprise datacenters. Steve was promoted to Violin’s senior vice president, engineering position in April, 2014.

Steve is a storage industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the storage and networking markets and brings extensive knowledge in compute, storage and flash infrastructures. Prior to Intel, he served as the GM of the File Storage Division at FalconStor Software, where he managed a product portfolio that enabled storage virtualization and business continuity. Prior to FalconStor, Steve was GM/SVP of engineering at Quantum where he built a Tiered Storage System Division into a profitable business centered on the software de-duplication platform (DXi). Earlier in his career, Steve was VP of engineering, then CEO at Gadzoox Networks which was successfully sold to Broadcom Corporation. Steve was also one of the original developers to implement the storage architecture for high-speed, 3D graphics I/O at Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Steve holds multiple patents, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Engineering technology from Cal Poly, and a Master’s degree in Executive Management from St. Mary’s College of California.

Ebrahim Abbasi, SVP Operations

Ebrahim is the senior vice president of operations at Violin. He joined the Company in March, 2014.

Ebrahim is a veteran of Silicon Valley with an established track record in high growth as well as turnaround success stories.

Most recently, Ebrahim served as president for Roamware (now Mobileum) where he was responsible for restructuring and refocusing the company on a growth path. Prior to Roamware, Ebrahim held the position of president and COO at Force10 Networks Inc. where he transformed the company into a major cloud computing powerhouse and led its acquisition by Dell in 2011.

Before joining Force10, Ebrahim held the position of senior vice president and COO/CIO for Redback Networks, Inc. where he directly contributed to the turnaround of the company’s corporate operations functions that led to a $2.1B acquisition by Ericsson in 2006. Ebrahim was also a member of the executive team that grew Ascend Communications into a $24B acquisition target by Lucent Technologies.

Tom Mitchell, SVP Global Field Operations

Tom Mitchell oversees Violin’s global sales engagement with its customers and leads our Sales, Systems Engineering and Channel teams. He joined the Company in February, 2014.

Tom brings more than 25 years of executive experience leading sales, marketing and channel organizations for some of the world’s best known technology companies. Most recently, he was the Senior Vice President, Global Sales for Avaya Inc., where he led the Avaya worldwide sales and channel organizations. For more than nine years, Tom was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channel Operations at Cisco Systems, Inc., where he designed and implemented one of the first high-touch channel models in the industry. Tom’s career experience also includes nine years at Motorola in roles of increasing responsibility within the sales and marketing organization.

Tom holds a B.A. degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado.

Cory Sindelar, CFO

Cory has an extensive 20-year background as a senior financial executive working for software and semiconductor companies. Most recently, he served as CFO of Kilopass Technology, a leader in embedded non-volatile memory.

Cory also served as CFO at Ikanos Communications, a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products.

Cory was vice president, corporate controller, and principal accounting officer at Legato Systems from 2000 to 2003 when it was acquired by EMC Corporation. Cory, a certified public accountant in California, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Georgetown University.

Eric Herzog, Chief Marketing Officer and SVP Alliances

Eric Herzog is the chief marketing officer and senior vice president of alliances at Violin Memory. He joined the Company in March, 2014.

Eric brings to Violin more than 29 years of marketing and business development experience in the storage solutions, storage hardware and storage software markets managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales and business development in both start-up and Fortune 500 environments. Most recently, Eric served as senior vice president of marketing for EMC’s Enterprise and Mid-range Systems Division where he was responsible for the VNX, VMAX, and VNXe family of storage solutions. Prior to EMC, Eric held positions as the vice president of business line management and vice president of marketing for IBM’s Storage Technology Division, where he had P&L responsibility for its more than $300 million OEM RAID and storage subsystems business.

During his career, Eric has also held executive positions in marketing, sales and business development with startup companies including Tarmin Technologies, Maxtor, Asempra, ArioData Networks, Topio, Zambeel, and Streamlogic. Eric holds a B.A. degree in History from the University of California, Davis.

Gary Lloyd, General Counsel

Gary brings more than 25 years of experience and an extensive background in commercial agreements, corporate governance, complex litigation and risk management.

Previously, Gary has served as General Counsel for several public technology companies including Informix Corporation, and has represented public companies and their officers, directors and employees while in private practice with Farella, Braun + Martel LLP. In addition, Gary gained valuable compliance experience as Assistant Director for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, in Washington, D.C.

Gary holds a JD degree from Case Western Reserve University and is a member of the California Bar Association.

Said Ouissal, SVP Product Management and Strategy

Said Ouissal is the senior vice-president, product management and strategy at Violin. He joined the Company in March, 2014.

Said has an established track record in both hardware and software product management for well-known, global technology companies.

Most recently, he served as vice president, product management for Juniper Networks where he drove the product management efforts supporting Junos, Juniper’s operating system. Prior to Juniper, Said held the position of vice president, strategy and customer engagement at Ericsson where he was responsible for portfolio strategy, field enablement and sales support for Ericsson’s IP and Broadband products.

Before joining Ericsson, Said held the position of director and vice president, systems engineering for Redback Networks, Inc. from 2001 to 2009, where he lead a global team of technical pre-sales staff that helped the company triple its revenue.

Said holds a Bachelor’s of Computer Science degree from the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. He also invented two IP networking technologies and speaks five languages.