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PernixData is passionate about building a world-class team and the culture essential to
becoming a dominant force at the nexus of virtualization and storage. Solving challenging
problems and building great products that make a difference is our mission.

Poojan Kumar

Co-Founder and CEO

Poojan Kumar is the CEO and co-founder of PernixData. He brings 12 years of management experience to the company, having led several high growth enterprise software companies. Most recently, Poojan was at VMware where he led all data products. Prior to VMware, Poojan co-founded Oracle Exadata and PixBlitz, a video server appliance company.

At Oracle, Poojan led the product development of Exadata from its inception and played a strategic role in Oracle's foray into the software/hardware integrated appliance business. Poojan received his Masters in CS from Stanford and a Bachelors in CS from IIT Bombay.

Silicon Valley 40 under 40 (12/3/2013)

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Satyam Vaghani

Co-Founder and CTO

Satyam Vaghani is CTO and co-founder of PernixData. Prior to this role he was Principal Engineer and Storage CTO at VMware, where he spent over a decade delivering fundamental storage innovations in vSphere. He is most known for creating the Virtual Machine File System (VMFS), which set a storage standard for server virtualization.

Satyam authored 50+ patents, led industry-wide changes in storage systems and standards via VAAI, and has been a regular speaker at VMworld and other industry and academic forums. Satyam received his Masters in CS from Stanford and a Bachelors in CS from BITS Pilani.

Silicon Valley 40 under 40 (12/3/2013)

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Mike Muñoz

Chief Revenue Officer

Mike Muñoz is a 25-year Silicon Valley veteran who has built and led sales teams for some of the most accomplished technology companies in the world.

Most recently, he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Nimble Storage where he built the sales team from the ground up attributing to a successful IPO. He has also worked as regional Vice President of Sales for Data Domain where he led the company's most prosperous sales division contributing to an IPO in 2008 as well as a $2 billion acquisition by EMC in 2009. His experience also includes sales leadership positions at Z-Force, BlueArc, and NetApp. Mike's success and leadership in building successful global sales from startup to IPO brings valuable insight, direction and expertise as Connected Data challenges the status quo by architecting private cloud storage solutions that deliver the performance, protection and privacy enterprises require – while minimizing compliance risk.

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Jeff Aaron

Vice President of Marketing

Jeff Aaron serves as PernixData’s Vice President of marketing, where he is responsible for global promotion of the company's storage acceleration software. Prior to PernixData he was VP of marketing at Silver Peak Systems, a leading provider of data acceleration software.

Jeff has over 19 years experience marketing in the high tech space, having worked at various software, networking and telecommunications companies including Airespace (acquired by Cisco), Turnstone Systems, and Newbridge Networks (acquired by Alcatel). He began his career as a senior consultant at Ernst and Young where he counseled Fortune 100 companies with IT design and planning. Jeff earned his BA from Duke University with majors in Computer Science and Economics.

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Frank Denneman

Chief Technologist

Frank serves as the Chief Technologist at PernixData where he gets to play with the latest and greatest toys and influence the future roadmap of the FVP software platform, and by extension the future of storage virtualization. He brings over 15 years of virtualization expertise to PernixData having worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies throughout his long consulting career and experience at VMware.

Frank is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX029) and the main author and owner of the VMware/Virtualization blog frankdenneman.nl, which has been voted a top 10 virtualization blog for the past 5 years by the virtualization community. Frank co-authored the clustering technical deepdive book series and regularly speaks at industry events like VMworld, VMware Partner Exchange and VMUG events. Follow Frank on Twitter @frankdenneman.

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Bala Narasimhan

Vice President of Products

Bala Narasimhan serves as Vice President, Products at PernixData where he is responsible for PernixData’s product strategy and roadmap. Prior to PernixData he was Director, Products at ParAccel, an enterprise software startup focused on data warehousing and analytics. Before ParAccel, he was a software engineer at Oracle and HP where he designed and developed key features in the Oracle RDBMS and the HP-UX operating system.

Bala has authored 2 patents for memory management in relational databases. He holds a bachelors degree and a masters degree in Computer Science and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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Kristin Carnes

Vice President, Channels

Kristin brings over 18 years of storage and channel experience to the team at PernixData. Prior to joining PernixData, Kristin was Vice President of Global Channel Sales at Nimble Storage where she worked with the worldwide sales organization to develop a global network of distribution partners supporting more than 1000 resellers worldwide.

While at Nimble Storage, Kristin was recognized as Channel Chief and Women of the Channel for 2013, 2014, and 2015. She was also recognized by CRN as one of the Power 100 in 2014 and 2015. Kristin was the Director of Strategic Partners for the BRS division of EMC, as a result of the acquisition of Data Domain in 2009.  While at Data Domain, she was responsible for the development and expansion of the distribution channel. She also held channel positions at McData and VERITAS. Kristin holds a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Leadership Theory from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of Puget Sound.

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Jason Lloyd

Senior Director of Finance

Jason Lloyd serves as PernixData's Senior Director of Finance where he is responsible for all finance and accounting operations. He held prior finance leadership roles at companies such Apple Computer, Yahoo! and Data Domain, acquired by EMC.
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Andy Hethcote

Director of Worldwide Customer Support

Andy is the Director of Worldwide Customer Support and brings 25 years of Mission Critical support leadership to PernixData. Andy has extensive international business experience building and growing teams in the United States, EMEA and APAC. His leadership experience comes from Microsoft, NetApp and Rackspace.
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Mark Leslie

Managing Director, Leslie Ventures

Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Sales Organization.

Mark Leslie was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure as CEO the company went from 12 employees to 6,000 employees deployed globally, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year. In 2000 Veritas was the tenth largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company.

From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high- tech start up companies. Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer. Mark Leslie designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969.

Mark currently serves on the boards of a number of privately held high-technology corporations, including Librato, Liquid Robotics, Model N Software, PureStorage, SeaMicro Systems, Skybox Imaging, Sugar CRM, Wall Street Systems and Xsigo Corporation. In addition he serves on the board of Overseers for the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as Chairman of the NYU Science Advisory Board, and as a member of the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund.

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in 1980.

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Bipul Sinha

Partner, Lightspeed Ventures

Bipul Sinha is a Co-Founder & CEO of Rubrik. Rubrik eliminates backup software by integrating data protection, instant recovery, offsite replication and DevOps infrastructure into a single, scale-out fabric.

Bipul is a Venture Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners and his current board memberships include Nutanix, PernixData, Numerify and Peel. His past investments include Pulse (LinkedIn) and LiveProfile (RIM).

Previously, Bipul worked at Blumberg Capital where he led investments in data center software infrastructure and Internet sectors. His selected investments include Nutanix and Hootsuite. Prior to venture capital, Bipul was with Banc of America Technology Investment Banking Group where he worked on M&A and equity financing transactions. Prior to banking, Bipul was Director of database and middleware products with Oracle Corporation. Bipul also held sales and engineering positions at American Megatrends and IBM.

Bipul received his B.Tech. (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and holds an MBA from The Wharton School where he was a Palmer Scholar. Bipul also holds several patents in distributed computing.

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Matt Murphy

Managing Director, Menlo Ventures

Matt focuses on multi-stage investments across enterprise infrastructure and mobile-first applications.

Matt Murphy joined Menlo Ventures in 2015 as a Managing Director. Matt is either a director or works closely with the management teams of AppDynamics, Drawbridge, Egnyte, Insidesales.com, InstartLogic, PernixData, Puppet Labs, SessionM, Shazam, and Simplivity.

Previously, Matt was a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for over 15 years  In addition to investing in the companies above, he was an observer at Google (from initial investment to IPO), launched the iFund in ’08 (a collaborative initiative with Apple to build the defining applications on the iOS platform), and led KPCB’s investments in AutoNavi (Nasdaq: AMAP, 2010) and Aerohive Networks (Nasdaq: HIVE, 2014). He also served as a director at Shopkick (acquired by SK Planet 2014), Ocarina Networks (acquired by Dell in 2010), and Peakstream (acquired by Google in 2008).

Before joining KPCB, Matt worked at semiconductor startup Netboost (acquired by Intel) where he led product management, and prior to that at Sun Microsystems, where he led business development for the Network Systems Group and was a product line manager for networking platforms. Matt also worked in strategic and technical consulting for a number of years at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture.

Matt holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He serves as Vice Chairman of the Stanford University Engineering Venture Fund, is on the Board of Advisors for the Tufts University Electrical Engineering School.

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Mark A. Siegel

Managing Director at Menlo Ventures

Mark joined Menlo Ventures in 1996 and focuses on investments in data storage, cloud computing, big data, and digital advertising. Mark’s active investments and board seats include Dropcam, Dstillery, eXelate, Getaround, Invidi, Pluribus Networks, Tintri and Voltage Security.

Some of his previous board seats include 3PAR (acquired by HP), Pliant Technology (acquired by SanDisk), RNA Networks (acquired by Dell), BlueGill Technologies (acquired by Checkfree), and Rubric (acquired by Broadbase).

Mark is a graduate of MIT (B.S. in Physics with Electrical Engineering) and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. At MIT, Mark did computer modeling of dark matter and galaxy formation which eventually landed him as a product manager for Oracle’s Massively Parallel Processing Group. In this role, he was part of the original team that developed and deployed one of the first true massively parallel and multi-threaded commercial software offerings – the Oracle Parallel Server. Mark then started and managed a consulting group at Oracle dedicated to serving early customers of this product. In business school, Mark got the startup bug and went on to work in business development for Netscape from the first year of its inception through its IPO in 1996.

Mark is still actively involved with both Stanford and MIT, serving on MIT’s Corporation Development Committee and Stanford’s Engineering School and Business School venture investment boards. Mark is also a board member of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and has been a member of the Dean’s advisory committee to MIT’s School of Science.

Mark grew up in Chicago and now lives in Portola Valley, CA with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys music, mountain biking, and skiing, and fantasizes about going to cooking school some day.

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Poojan Kumar

Co-Founder and CEO

Poojan Kumar is the CEO and co-founder of PernixData. He brings 12 years of management experience to the company, having led several high growth enterprise software companies. Most recently, Poojan was at VMware where he led all data products. Prior to VMware, Poojan co-founded Oracle Exadata and PixBlitz, a video server appliance company.

At Oracle, Poojan led the product development of Exadata from its inception and played a strategic role in Oracle's foray into the software/hardware integrated appliance business. Poojan received his Masters in CS from Stanford and a Bachelors in CS from IIT Bombay.

Silicon Valley 40 under 40 (12/3/2013)

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Satyam Vaghani

Co-Founder and CTO

Satyam Vaghani is CTO and co-founder of PernixData. Prior to this role he was Principal Engineer and Storage CTO at VMware, where he spent over a decade delivering fundamental storage innovations in vSphere. He is most known for creating the Virtual Machine File System (VMFS), which set a storage standard for server virtualization.

Satyam authored 50+ patents, led industry-wide changes in storage systems and standards via VAAI, and has been a regular speaker at VMworld and other industry and academic forums. Satyam received his Masters in CS from Stanford and a Bachelors in CS from BITS Pilani.

Silicon Valley 40 under 40 (12/3/2013)

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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed Venture Partners combines extensive venture capital and operating experience to assist entrepreneurs in creating industry-leading technology companies. Lightspeed manages over $2 billion of committed capital and focuses on early stage investments in the US, Asia and Israel.

The firm's partners have invested in more than 150 technology companies over the past two decades and have contributed to the success of market leaders Including Blue Nile, Brocade, Ciena, Doubleclick, eHealth, Galileo Technology, Growth Networks, Informatica, Kiva Software, LightLogic, Maker Communications, Metasolv, Phone.com, Quantum Effect Devices, Riverbed, Sirocco, Transmeta, Virsa and Waveset. For more information, please visit www.lightspeedvp.com.

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Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Since its founding in 1972, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has backed entrepreneurs in over 600 ventures, including Amazon, Amyris, Bloom Energy, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Google, Intuit, Netscape, Sun, Symantec, and Zynga. KPCB portfolio companies employ more than 250,000 people.

More than 150 of the firm's portfolio companies have gone public. Many other ventures have achieved success through mergers and acquisitions.

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Menlo Ventures

Menlo Ventures
Menlo Ventures provides capital for seed through growth technology companies in the consumer and enterprise sectors. For decades, the firm’s market-driven research analysis has led to the identification of and successful exits in innovative technology markets.

Notable research areas of investment include Mobile (Siri, Uber, TeleNav), Enterprise Storage (3PAR, Spinnaker Networks, Coraid), Communications (Acme Packet, Cavium Networks), and Consumer (Fab, Tumblr, Carbonite, Roku). Founded in 1976, Menlo’s portfolio includes 70 public companies and more than 100 mergers and acquisitions. Throughout the firm's history, Menlo’s deep network of portfolio entrepreneurs, angels and advisors are a key resource made available to all of our family of investments. Menlo Ventures has $4 billion under management and is currently investing Menlo Ventures XI, a $400 million fund with $20 million allocated to our Menlo Talent Fund for fast seed funding. For more information, visit www.menlovc.com

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Mark Leslie

Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Sales Organization.

Mark Leslie was the founding Chairman and CEO of Veritas Software. During his tenure as CEO the company went from 12 employees to 6,000 employees deployed globally, and from a revenue base of $95,000 per year to $1,500,000,000 per year. In 2000 Veritas was the tenth largest independent software company by revenue, third largest by market capitalization, and achieved the distinction of becoming a Fortune 1000 company.

From 1980 until 1990 he served as president and chief executive officer of two Silicon Valley high- tech start up companies. Prior experience included sales management, sales executive, systems engineer, and software engineer. Mark Leslie designed and developed the first software hypervisor while employed at IBM in 1969.

Mark currently serves on the boards of a number of privately held high-technology corporations, including Librato, Liquid Robotics, Model N Software, PureStorage, SeaMicro Systems, Skybox Imaging, Sugar CRM, Wall Street Systems and Xsigo Corporation. In addition he serves on the board of Overseers for the NYU Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as Chairman of the NYU Science Advisory Board, and as a member of the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund.

Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and mathematics from New York University in 1966 and completed Harvard Business School's program for management development in 1980.

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John W. Thompson

John was named CEO of Virtual Instruments in April of 2010. He has been a member of the Virtual Instruments Board of Directors since 2009. John brings proven leadership, tremendous industry experience and deep understanding of the needs of enterprise customers to Virtual Instruments.

Prior to joining Virtual Instruments, John was chairman of the board and CEO of Symantec Corporation, the leader in internet security, from April 1999 to April 2009. He continued to serve as chairman of the board until October 2011. John also served in a number of senior leadership roles at IBM Corporation, including general manager of IBM Americas, prior to assuming the CEO role at Symantec. During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec, Thompson transformed the company into a leader in security, storage and systems management solutions, delivering world class products to a global customer base, from individual consumers to many of the world's largest enterprises. He helped grow revenues from $600M to over $6B in ten years. 

Beyond his role at Symantec, Thompson has served on the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee (NIAC), making recommendations regarding the security of nation's critical infrastructure, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the cause of the 2008 financial collapse and to make recommendations to Congress on steps to avoid or mitigate the impact of a reoccurrence. He is an active investor in early-stage companies and currently serves on the board of directors of Liquid Robotics, the world's first wave-powered autonomous platform, and DOMO, an emerging platform for business intelligence. John also serves on the board of UPS, the global leader in logistics, and Microsoft, the world's largest software company.

John W. Thompson completed his undergraduate studies at Florida A&M and holds a Master's degree in Management from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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Marc Benioff

Marc Benioff is chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. He founded the company in 1999 with a vision to create an on-demand information management service that would replace traditional enterprise software technology.

Benioff is now regarded as one of the pioneers of cloud computing and has been instrumental in driving businesses to transform into companies by embracing social and mobile cloud technologies to connect with customers, partners, employees and even products in new ways. Under Benioff's direction, salesforce.com has grown from a groundbreaking idea into a publicly- traded company that is the leader in enterprise cloud computing. For its revolutionary approach, salesforce.com has been recognized by Fortune as one of the Fastest-Growing Companies, the World’s Most-Admired Computer Software Company for two consecutive years and one of the Best Places to Work. In addition, the company was selected by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Company for three years in a row.

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Stephen J. Luczo

Stephen J. Luczo
Stephen J. Luczo serves as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Seagate. Mr. Luczo joined the company in October 1993 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. In September 1997, Mr. Luczo was promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Seagate Technology, Inc. and, in July 1998, he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Luczo resigned as Chief Executive Officer effective as of July 3, 2004, but retained his position as Chairman of the Board. In January 2009, Mr Luczo was appointed President and CEO. Prior to joining Seagate, Mr. Luczo was Senior Managing Director of the Global Technology Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., an investment banking firm, from February 1992 to October 1993.

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Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson is a Managing Partner and Managing Director of Silver Lake, which he co-founded in 1999. He currently serves as Chairman of the Managing Partners Committee of Silver Lake and on the Investment Committees of several Silver Lake funds.

Mr. Davidson has been an active advisor to and investor in the technology industries for more than 25 years. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Davidson was a Managing Director at Hambrecht & Quist, a technology-focused investment bank and venture capital firm (now part of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., "H&Q"). Mr. Davidson managed several businesses at H&Q, including the Technology Investment Banking business and the Mergers and Acquisitions business. Prior to H&Q, he was a corporate securities attorney for Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro. Mr. Davidson currently serves on the board of SMART Modular Technologies (WWH), and was previously a director of Avago Technologies, Flextronics International, Seagate Technology, and Skype, among other companies. Mr. Davidson is an active "angel investor" and advisor to several private technology companies. He also serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations including the University of California, Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science & Management, and the U.S. Olympic Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Davidson holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Lane Bess

Lane Bess has spent over 28 years as an operational executive. He has successfully launched start-ups and scaled medium sized businesses to large scale.

Most recently between 2008 and 2010, Lane was CEO of Palo Alto Networks where he led the fundraising and scaled the company from its early go-to-market to a revenue run rate of over $100 million and cash flow positive. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he served as the EVP of Worldwide Sales and General Manager of publicly traded Trend Micro Inc. (Nikkei) - growing worldwide revenues to over $1 billion annually.

With core strengths in Sales, Marketing and Product Management Mr. Bess has deep expertise in driving high growth for computing, network security, and software companies. His business experience includes providing critical technology solutions to Fortune 2000 companies, large enterprises, mid-size businesses, as well as consumer markets. Through continuous leverage of distribution channels, Lane has been consistently recognized as a leading "channel friendly" executive. During Lane's career he has also held senior Sales and Marketing roles at NCR Corporation and AT&T. During his time at NCR, he oversaw Multinational Corporation sales and managed large global sales divisions. At AT&T, Lane was responsible for the product launches of AT&T's Business and Consumer Internet services in the mid 90s.

Mr. Bess holds a B.S. Degree in Managerial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters Degree from University of Dayton.

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Paul Sallaberry

Paul Sallaberry is a software industry veteran with a career encompassing the build and operational management of Enterprise-class worldwide sales, marketing, technology and consultative services organizations.

As Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for VERITAS Software, Paul was responsible for defining strategy, managing operational activity driving revenue in excess of $1.5 billion. Paul joined VERITAS from OpenVision Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of client/server systems software. Upon acquisition of the company, Paul successfully led the integration of OpenVision’s customer-facing functions with those of VERITAS, and laid the field operations foundation which subsequently enabled VERITAS’ future worldwide distribution expansion. Prior to acquisition, Paul served in the capacity of Senior Vice President of Sales, where he led the organization’s product and professional services revenue growth through IPO, and its subsequent acquisition. Before OpenVision, Paul held a series of executive sales positions at Oracle Corporation where he defined Oracle’s vertical sales strategy, making it a major component of Oracle’s mainstream revenue.

Paul serves on the Board of Directors for Acquia, Calypso Technologies, Moovweb and an advisor to Liquid Robotics, PernixData, and PureStorage. He is a member of the U.C. Davis Foundation Board of Trustees; serves on the Deans Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Management., and is a member of the Sacred Heart Schools Board of Trustees. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis.

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