Kevin DeNuccio, President and CEOKevin 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.
Ebrahim Abbasi, Chief Operating OfficerEbrahim is the chief operating officer and oversees Office of the CTO, product management, business development, product marketing, product development and validation, sales & field operations, information technology, customer support, professional services and manufacturing 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.
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.
Susan Scheer Aoki, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations
Susan Scheer Aoki is Senior Vice President, Customer 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.
Gary Lloyd, General CounselGary 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.
Amy Love, Chief Marketing OfficerAmy oversees Violin’s worldwide marketing strategy and activities. She is chartered with connecting market awareness and customer needs with Violin’s best-in-class all flash solutions that deliver performance, feature and capacity leadership for the IT and flash storage market. Amy joined Violin in April 2015 and brings more than 20 years of marketing and strategy experience, including communications, branding, and demand generation from her efforts in Fortune 500 and industry-leading, privately-held and start-up technology companies.
Before joining Violin Memory, Amy served as a partner for BizEthos, a consulting firm for Silicon Valley start-ups. Previously, Amy served as vice president of Global Brand and Demand Generation, acting CMO and vice president of Brand and Communications at NetApp, Inc., where she dramatically accelerated brand familiarity and sentiment. Amy holds dual BBA degrees from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.