Ebrahim Abbasi, Chief Executive Officer and PresidentEbrahim is the chief executive officer and president. Previously Ebrahim served at chief operating officer at Violin. Ebrahim is a veteran of Silicon Valley with an established track record in high growth as well as turnaround success stories. Prior to Violin, 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. Prior to that, Ebrahim was the executive responsible for access product operations and a member of the executive team that grew Ascend Communications into a $24B acquisition target by Lucent Technologies.
Jim Curley, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Curley is a proven CFO with over 20 years of experience. He was CFO at four publicly-traded companies, three of which he led through their IPO’s (LeapFrog Enterprises, Gymboree Corporation & Huffman Koos). Also, he was CEO for 8 years at Nano-Tex, Inc., a WL Ross & Co. majority-owned company, where he restructured the company, raised a second round of venture capital funding and sold the Company to Crypton, Inc. in 2014. Mr. Curley received his B.B.A. in Finance from Texas A&M University and was a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. He served 4 years as an officer (Captain) in the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
Susan Scheer Aoki, Senior Vice President, Customer Success Operations
Susan Scheer Aoki is Senior Vice President, Customer Success Operations. She leads Customer Experience with responsibility for Professional Services, Global Support, and Customer Listening, and she oversees Operations with responsibility for QA/Validation, Manufacturing Operations, and Solutions Engineering. Ms. Scheer Aoki joined the Company in April 2015 and brings a successful track record leading Major Account Services, Converged Infrastructure Solutions, Software Engineering, Product Management, and Marketing.
Prior to Violin, Ms Scheer Aoki served as NetApp’s Vice President, Personalized Enterprise Services focused on personalized customer engagement programs and services for strategic accounts. She also grew NetApp’s business for Solutions, including the FlexPod portfolio in partnership with Cisco Systems. Susan held multiple leadership positions at Cisco Systems including Vice President/General Manager for Management and Cloud Services, Vice President Network Services Engineering and Product Management, and Vice President of Collaboration Services Marketing.
A longtime advocate for women in technology, Cable World named Ms. Scheer Aoki to its “Powerful Women 2006: Top Women in Technology” list. She was also featured in the Mass High Tech Journal “2006 Top Women to Watch” list, and California Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women of California 2011.
Ms. Scheer Aoki holds dual B.A. degrees from the University of California, Davis and an M.B.A the University of California, Irvine.
Tim Stoakes, Chief Architect
As Chief Architect, Tim oversees the architecture team in formulating the vision and architecture for all Violin products and IP development, and directly participates in all phases of product development. Tim has spent over 15 years in the software industry, with the majority in enterprise storage, where he holds multiple US patents.
Before joining Violin in 2013 he served as Technical Director at Quantum (after acquiring deduplication pioneers Rocksoft) in the office of the CTO, responsible for the entire life cycle of the deduplication product lines. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Pat Balakrishnan, Vice President, Software Development
Pat Balakrishnan is the Vice President, Software Development at Violin. He has 25 years of leadership experience in software development for storage, server, and networking technologies. Pat has previously held management and senior technical positions at SeaMicro (acquired by AMD), Blade Network Technologies (acquired by IBM), Alcatel-Lucent, Riverstone Networks (acquired by Lucent) and Cabletron Systems.
Georgine Nordin, Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations
Georgine Nordin is Vice President, Field Operations, leading Violin’s Sales and Alliances strategy. Georgine brings more than 30 years of Sales and Executive Management experience to Violin. She previously was Vice President, Business Operations at Actelis with responsibility for Sales Operations, Marketing, Legal, and Information Systems. Georgine also held numerous leadership positions at Ericsson, Redback Networks and Network Equipment Technologies.