Kevin DeNuccio, President and CEO
Kevin DeNuccio is the president and chief executive officer of Violin Memory and a member of the Violin Memory Board of Directors. He joined the Company in February, 2014.
Mr. DeNuccio brings to Violin more than 25 years of executive and board experience building, managing and growing leading technology businesses. Most recently, he managed Wild West Capital LLC, an angel investing, management and technology consulting firm he co-founded in 2012. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the chief executive of Metaswitch Networks, a London-based, privately held provider of IP and telecommunications software, where he led the company’s global expansion, refreshed its product portfolio and oversaw two acquisitions.
Prior to Metaswitch, Mr. DeNuccio served as President and CEO of Redback Networks, a publicly-traded provider of edge routers that was acquired by Ericsson for $2.1 billion. During his tenure, he led a financial restructuring and major turnaround that took the company from significant losses in 2001 to achieving profitability and expanding its market capitalization nearly fourfold. Additionally, he has held executive positions with Bell Atlantic Network Integration, Cisco Systems, Wang Laboratories and Unisys Corporation.
In addition to Violin Memory, Mr. DeNuccio currently serves on the boards of SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), Calix, Inc. (NYSE:CALX), Metaswitch Networks 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.
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 Business Development
Eric Herzog is the chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development of 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.