Executive Chairman, CEO
He most recently served as Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Services, developers of a revolutionary cloud software storage platform for replace traditional arrays. He previously worked in various executive capacities at EMC, where he was instrumental in helping transform the business from a single-product hardware company to a leading IT solutions provider. Before EMC, Mark was Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett-Packard/Compaq/Digital’s $2.5 billion Enterprise Storage Group, which was the largest storage organization in the world at the time, and served in various storage-related business, engineering and product development roles at Digital Equipment Corporation.
He is currently a board member at Ciber Corporation, a leading provider of IT services. Mark has been granted more than 10 U.S. patents for hardware and software technology. He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1984 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer
Todd Oseth is the chief operating officer for Violin Systems LLC. He oversees product development, software and hardware architecture, product validation, deployment engineering, solutions engineering, professional services and technical support.
Prior to Violin, Todd held a number of leadership positions including Managing Director at SPADEC LLC, President & CEO at Intermap Technologies, CEO & President Neterion, and COO at McData (acquired by Brocade).
Todd is an accomplished executive with outstanding success in establishing new products and technologies in domestic and international markets through both acquisition and organic growth. He has had full P&L responsibility for $700M+ businesses. Todd has a deep understanding of complex technologies along with unique skills required to match customer needs to specifications to determine the best route to market. He has successfully led startups and Fortune 100 companies; possesses international experience for global business across the semiconductor, computing, networking, storage, and Software as a Service (SaaS) environments. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Minnesota, as well as an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Kotz School of Management.
Chief Marketing Officer
Gary Lyng is a senior executive with extensive experience and success in trailblazing business growth and leadership in enterprise storage and software markets. He joins Violin at a pivotal time, with the company beginning to implement its most aggressive and innovative product roadmap ever. He leads all marketing functions including product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing teams while ensuring that the customer-voice and net-impact are central in the cycle from first concepts to solution delivery.
Lyng has spent more than 20 years driving innovative, award-winning products, teams and programs. He is known in the industry as a veteran of flash memory pioneer SanDisk (acquired by Western Digital), EMC, NetApp, Hewlett Packard, and Veritas Software. His extensive impactful experience includes enterprise software and systems, enterprise applications, and close collaboration with enterprise customers, OEM partners, and major cloud hyper-scale players.
Lyng has worked with both large and early-stage organizations developing business strategy, product directions and executing go-to-market strategies, he is also well known for his speaking, and motivation as a Visioneer. He is a computer science graduate from Milton Keynes College, in the United Kingdom next door to Bletchley Park, known to many as the birthplace of modern computing.
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations
Rick is a Sales Leader with significant experience in Storage, Virtualization, Security, and e-Discovery. Rick has been instrumental in growing sales under significant challenges contributing to successful exit in a number of technology companies. With more than 30 years of experience growing companies to be market leaders, Rick is a great match for Violin’s growth moving forward. Rick comes to Violin from Kaminario, where he was vice president of North America channel sales business, significantly growing the business by signing hundreds of partners and industry-leading OEMs. A doctoral candidate for physiology at Columbia University, Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Colorado.
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.
Richie has been in the computer industry for over 40 years. He began his career as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), building operating systems and compilers for the PDP-8 and PDP-11 computers. In 1975, he served as a member of the core team that defined the VAX computer architecture, and later the implementation team for the first VAX computer. After joining DEC’s Storage Business Unit in 1978, Richie was a key architect of the Digital Storage Architecture and a key implementer of several of the hardware and firmware components of the associated product family. He became DEC’s Storage Architect in 1990, Storage Technical Director in 1994, and Compaq Computer Corporation’s Storage Technical Director in 1998, where he was responsible for technical oversight of the entire corporate storage architecture and product line. Prior to joining X-IO, he had been an independent consultant in the storage industry and a technical advisor to several emerging storage companies since 2000.
Richie holds 32 patents for his work in processor and storage system architecture and design and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Server I/O Conference in January 2000. He also frequently speaks at industry events. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
Vice President, Platform 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.
Vice President, Product Management
Bob has more than 25 years experience designing, developing, and deploying systems and solutions across a broad array of industries and technologies.
Most recently, Bob was Vice President Product Development & Professional Services at Intermap Technologies transforming the business focus to products, solutions, and services, and apply his past experience to help drive the success of the company. Previously, he was Senior Director of Product Strategy and Planning for ISG at EMC Corp. He has served in executive roles at several start-ups providing marketing and business guidance that successfully drove these companies into the marketplace.
Bob has held senior positions at a broad range of software startups, with technologies in secure communications, content management, and language translation. He also has an extensive background in computer systems manufacturing, satellite communications, GPS, and is a former USAF Search & Rescue/Special Operations helicopter pilot.
He holds a BSCE from the United States Air Force Academy and an MA from Golden Gate University.
Vice President, Software Development
Vice President, Channels
Tim has over 25 years of experience in Operations & Sales Leadership – most recently with Grant Dental Technology as VP, Operations. Tim leads the Global Sales Operations efforts for X-IO. Additionally Tim has held Operations and Sales positions with Cyalume Technologies, Combat Training Solutions Inc., Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance, and Eli Lilly. Tim began his career as a Pilot, Aviation Safety & Operations Officer in the US Navy. He holds a BA in Finance from Villanova University and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.
Vice President, Customer Success
Clay is a customer centric Technical Support and Services leader who has distinguished himself as a champion for delighting customers and exceeding their expectations. He ensures every touchpoint is frictionless and brings value to Violin customers. Developing enterprise class services and support methodologies to ensure rapid and reliable customer success allows Violin technologies to accelerate our customer’s IT performance, growth and profitability. Clay inspires his teams to be the voice of the customer for product, tools and process improvements. Clay has broad experience in enterprise storage hardware, software and solutions with leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies IBM and EMC to multiple startups like Legato Software and Violin Systems. Clay has an MBA from Wake Forest University.