Donald Basile – Chief Executive Officer
As Violin’s CEO, Don leads the company’s operations and provides strategic direction. Don brings experience driving innovation, having managed the growth and sales of companies valued at more than $2B.
Prior to his role at Violin, Don was Chairman and CEO of Fusion-io and pioneered the use of PCIe flash cards for servers and workstations. In his first year as CEO the company achieved over $10M in sales, developed the infrastructure to support over 300 global enterprise customers, and earned a Red Herring Global 100 award.
Previously, Don served as Vice President of United Health Group, the nation’s largest healthcare company and member of the Fortune 50. United’s commercial software division, which sells software and related services to the entire healthcare industry, grew from $560M to $1.2B in revenue during his tenure.
As Vice President of Lenfest (acquired by Comcast for $5B), Don pioneered the use of Internet technologies in the cable ad market, as well as digital advertising insertion and VOD technologies.
Don worked for the CEOs of Internet pioneers Remarq (acquired for $300M) providing cloud services to Excite, Ebay, Lycos, Amazon, and other Internet brands and Netfish technologies (acquired for $272M), a pioneer of B2B Internet commerce. Don spent four years as Managing Director of Raza Foundries, a Silicon Valley venture investment company which invested in software, systems, and semiconductor companies.
Don holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.
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Dixon R. Doll, Jr. – Chief Operating Officer
Dixon Doll, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer at Violin and a member of the Board of Directors since September 2009.
Dixon was previously the Senior Vice President of Sales and Corporate Development at Fusion-io for one year, from March 2008 to February 2009. He built the field sales team from infancy and led Fusion-io to its first 300 enterprise customers and 30 business partners.
Previously, Dixon founded Longstreet Ventures, a consulting company that provided angel investment capital and assisted CEOs and Boards of Directors of startup companies in developing strategic options. He worked with the CEO of Trapeze Networks and Revolution Partners during its acquisition by Belden in 2008.
Dixon began in the technology industry as a Business Development Manager in 1994 at Oracle Corporation in the Business Alliances Division. He subsequently served as the Vice President of Corporate Development at New Era of Networks (NEON), a public company in the middleware space from 1998-2001 through its acquisition by Sybase. While at NEON he built the Channel Sales organization from infancy in 1998 to $50M in 2001 while participating in NEON’s M&A activities, including strategic partnerships and 12 acquisitions. He later served as the Vice President of Corporate Development at Recourse Technologies (2001), a leading security technology company sold to Symantec in 2002 for $135M.
He is a graduate of Georgetown University class of 1990 where he received his BA in Government and the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business class of 1994 where he received his MBA. He was a White House Intern in 1989.
Matt Barletta – Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Matt has more than 20 years of technology and marketing experience in both enterprise and service provider networking. Prior to joining Violin, Matt was the VP of Product Marketing at Fusion-io.
Matt was an early member of Airespace (2003). There he grew Wireless LAN sales from zero to $40M before the company was acquired by Cisco for $465M in 2005. Matt was a leader in the integration and subsequent wireless revenue ramp to $1.5+B and top market share position that continues to this day. He has also held Product and Technical Marketing management positions at Tahoe Networks, Cisco (1998-2001), Ipsilon Networks (acquired by Nokia), Cisco Systems (1993-1996), and AT&T Bell Laboratories.
He holds a Masters of Computer Engineering degree from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Technology degrees from Bradley University.
Jon Bennett – Founder & CTO, Hardware and Technology
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 Masters 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.
George Kaldani – Vice President, Engineering
George has more that 25 years of industry experience in leading telecomm/datacom systems and high performance computer system development.
He has held various executive and management roles in companies such as Spontanets, Cortina systems, Cisco Systems, and Silicon Graphics Inc. He was the founder of Spontanets, developing low latency match networks for smart grid. Before Spontanets he was VP of Engineering at Cortina Systems where he led the enterprise and access products development. He spent seven years at Cisco Systems developing high-end GSR12000 and CRS-1 (terabit) core routers. His team developed the first 10GB/s and 40Gb/s technology in the industry.
Previous to Cisco, George was the Director of Engineering at StratumOne Communications, developing converged IP and ATM packet processing technologies. He spent 10 years at Silicon Graphics developing high performance compute platforms. He was part of a team that developed the industry’s first and highest performance at the time 1024 processor parallel compute system. Prior to Silicon Graphics, George worked at Mips Computers developing micro-processors, the R4000 and R4200, and a 64 processor parallel computing system. Previous to Mips he spent six years at Daisy Systems developing the industry’s first parallel computers for a CAE application.
Narayan Venkat – Vice President, Product Management
Narayan brings 20 years of expertise in storage, data management, and virtualization platforms. Prior to Violin, Narayan was the VP of Cloud Infrastructure at VMware.
At VMWare, Narayan led the company’s storage initiatives for the vSphere virtualization platform. Prior to that, he was VP and business line director for the Engenio Storage Group at LSI Corporation, managing the $800M storage systems product suite. Before Onstor was acquired by LSI Corporation, Narayan was instrumental in driving the product and go-to-market strategies for the company’s enterprise NAS solution. He also led product strategy for Netapp’s NAS, SAN, and storage management solutions.
He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an MSEE from Utah State University and spent his early career working with Narus, Barclays Capital, and Intel.
Chris Brozek – Vice President, Operations
Chris Brozek joined Violin Memory in October, 2010, to lead Violin’s Manufacturing and Operations Team. From 2008 through 2010, Chris was Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations at Arch Rock Corporation. Chris led the transformation of Arch Rock’s wireless sensor technology through development of a hardware, software, and services portfolio. Arch Rock was acquired by Cisco Systems in the fall of 2010. Prior to Arch Rock, Chris was Director of Manufacturing Operations at Omneon during which time Omneon grew to $100M+ and registered for IPO. From 1999-2005, Chris held several positions at Cisco Systems, including account relationship management of Cisco’s Contract Manufacturers. He developed and implemented a standard pricing model applied to $4B in annualized turnkey product spending.
Chris began his career in the U.S. Navy, serving as Submarine Officer and Flag Officer Aide. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University.
Cory Sindelar – Chief Financial Officer
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. During his tenure at Ikanos, he led several strategic transactions, including the purchase of Conexant Systems’ broadband access product line and the technology behind its advanced vectoring solutions. Cory was vice president, corporate controller, and principal accounting officer at Legato Systems from 2000 to 2003 when it was acquired by EMC Corporation. He continued with EMC Corporation in a number of roles before joining Ikanos in 2006. Cory, a certified public accountant in California, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from Georgetown University.
Richard Dyke – Senior Vice President of Sales
Rich is responsible for new client acquisition strategies, including direct sales activities and new business development through industry partner channels. Rich joins us from Riverbed where he championed worldwide sales for their cloud storage BU, Whitewater. Rich brings over 20 years of experience in sales, sales management, marketing and business leadership.
Prior to joining Violin, Mr. Dyke spent 15 years in sales and sales management at EMC Corporation where he held the position of Western Regional Vice President driving over $500M in annual sales. Mr. Dyke then joined Storage Networks, Inc. as a Director of Sales. He later joined Stentor, Inc. as Vice President of Sales where he led all of sales and sales operations. Stentor was acquired by Philips Healthcare Informatics and Mr. Dyke was appointed Global Vice President of Sales Healthcare Informatics, where he was responsible for worldwide sales of the entire integrated product lines. Rich also held the position of SVP of Sales at Radiphere a company committed to deliver the highest standard of Radiology services through their unique technology platform.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Steve Dalton – VP of Software
Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the storage and networking industry, bringing extensive knowledge in compute, storage software and flash infrastructures. At Intel, he was responsible for the enterprise datacenter flash software where he restructured the entire development organization to run more like a ‘start-up’ delivering products at a very rapid pace with very high quality. He established the flash software portfolio by leveraging internal groups as well as key partners to execute very complex products on schedule and within TTM windows.
Lastly, he refocused the server-memory tier to focus more on the value-added software such as I/O acceleration, storage/memory virtualization, cache pooling, and distributed NVM environments that helped position Intel as the leader in datacenter SW. Prior to Intel, Steve served as the GM of FalconStor’s File Storage Division. He also held executive roles at Quantum Corp, Gadzoox Networks (acquired by Broadcom Corp) and Silicon Graphics. Steve has designed many storage architectures with multiple patents, published articles and co-authored a book on storage computing.
Herb Schneider – VP of Hardware
Herb has over 25 years of experience in hardware systems engineering. Prior to Violin, he was the co-founder of GridIron and Extreme Networks. At GridIron, Herb was responsible for hiring and managing the technical team that delivered hardware and software products to accelerate applications using consumer grade MLC flash.
Prior to GridIron, he co-founded Extreme Networks, where he oversaw the development of three generations of networking ASICS, two generations of Network Operations Systems and three generations of industry leading fixed and modular networking platforms that led to a successful public offering and over $2 Billion of products shipped.
John Higgs – Senior Vice President & GM, Asia Pacific
John has been in the Networking industry for 27 years exclusively in Asia where he has had postings in Japan and Singapore. He established Cray Communications in Japan in 1988, then Cabletron Systems in Asia in 1992. He joined Cisco Systems in 1994 to establish and build Cisco’s sales and operations in Asia. John remained with Cisco for 7 years in Sr. Executive roles across Asia Pacific.
In 2004 John joined Riverbed Technologies and was responsible for establishing, from scratch, and growing Riverbed’s revenues and operations across the Asia Pacific Region over 8.5 years, culminating in the position of Sr. Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan.
Mick Bradley – Vice President & GM EMEA
Mick has over three decades of Engineering and IT industry leadership experience spanning senior client positions, IT start-ups and large enterprise businesses. Mick has a proven track record of developing successful teams and profitable business, and most recently he served as VP Operations for Violin EMEA, Snr Director EMEA Storage Consulting at Hewlett Packard, COO at CopperEye and SVP Global Services at COPAN Systems.
Previously, Mick was VP Technology Services EMEA at Pillar Data Systems, held several senior management positions at both EMC Corporation and Electronic Data Systems.
John Kapitula – Senior Vice President, Operations
John brings more than 30 years experience in senior management positions in both public and private technology-based companies. Most recently he served as VP Finance at Vehix.com, COO at Aurant, and CFO/COO at Firstwave/Lambda Optical Systems.
Previously, John was an Area VP for Utah, Colorado, and Arizona at Sprint PCS , VP/GM of StarNet Development (a Lenfest Communications/ TCI company), and CFO/ COO of Standard Communications.
John also worked as a CPA in a Big Four accounting firm. He earned an AB from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Sue Habernigg – Vice President of Business Development and Channel Sales
Sue has over 25 years of experience leading Sales teams at public and privately held technology companies. Sue has a proven track record of developing strategic partnerships and delivering innovative solutions for enterprise customers.
A 10-year veteran of Oracle, Sue started her Sales career at Oracle under Tom Siebel in Oracle’s DMD organization and was part of the founding 10-person team to launch Oracle’s Business Alliance program in 1993. From 1993 to 1997, Sue helped grow the Business Alliances Sales team to over 200 people and ran half the US business. Sue was a quota club achiever every year, recruiting Oracle’s top application providers and growing revenue contribution from less than $1M to over $120M.
Prior to Violin, Sue also built successful channel programs and led Sales organizations at Full Circle CRM, as a private consultant Adobe, Vitria, Clarify (acquired by Nortel)
Sue is a graduate of the University of Southern California.