Mark Lewis, Executive Chairman
Mark Lewis has extensive experience in driving storage and software solutions adopted by some of the largest enterprises in the world. 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.
Ebrahim Abbasi, Chief Executive Officer and PresidentEbrahim is the chief executive officer and president. Previously Ebrahim served as chief operating officer at Violin. Ebrahim is a veteran of Silicon Valley with an established track record in high growth as well as turnaround success stories. Prior to Violin, 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. Prior to that, Ebrahim was the executive responsible for access product operations and a member of the executive team that grew Ascend Communications into a $24B acquisition target by Lucent Technologies.
Todd Oseth, 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. Full P&L responsibility for $700M+ businesses. Deep understanding of complex technologies with unique skills required to match customer needs into specifications and to determine the best route to market. He has successfully lead startups and Fortune 100 companies; possess international experience for global business across the semiconductor, computing, networking, storage, and Software as a Service (SaaS) environments. Mr. Oseth 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.
Jim Curley, 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.
Rick Ruskin, 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.
Gary Lyng, Vice President, Product Management & Marketing
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 as Vice President 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 is 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, United Kingdom next door to Bletchley Park, known to many as the birth place of modern computing.
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.
Georgine Nordin, VP International Alliances
Georgine has spent nearly three decades in executive roles at technology companies, holding VP-level titles with responsibility for sales, service operations, strategic partnerships, financial and strategic planning. She has served Violin since 2014, first as vice president, worldwide sales operations and support, then as vice president, worldwide field operations, following positions at Ericsson, Actelis Networks, Network Equipment Technologies, and Redback Networks. As a specialist in international business, she has a wealth of experience in global channel relationships, international trade laws, multi-county compensation, contract negotiations, and partnerships, in EMEA, APAC, and Latin America. She is a graduate of San Jose State University.
Pat Balakrishnan, Vice President, Software 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.