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Chairman of the Board, Solarflare Communications
Russell Stern has served as President and CEO at Solarflare Communications since 2004. He was formerly President and CEO at JNI Corporation in San Diego, California. Prior to JNI, Stern served as General Manager and COO at Quantum Corporation. For more than 13 years, he held a number of increasingly responsible positions in the disc drive industry including five years at Western Digital Corporation in Irvine, CA, where he held the positions of Sr. VP, R&D, VP, Worldwide Operations and as Co-Chief Operating Officer. Stern has also held executive engineering and marketing positions with Seagate Technology and Adaptec. He began his career at IBM, where he held various engineering and management positions in the development and manufacturing of the IBM PC / XT / AT and PS/2. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Stern is also a Foundation Board member of the Orange County High School of the Arts, a chartered public school in Santa Ana, CA.
Managing Partner, Oak Investment Partners
Bandel L.Carano joined Oak Investment Partners in 1985 and became a General Partner in 1987. He has invested in companies with emphasis on Wireless and Rich-Media communications (2Wire, Airspan, Avici, CommVerge, CoreTek, Endwave, FiberTower, General Bandwidth, Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, MobiTV, NeoPhotonics, Netopia, PictureTel, Plastic Logic, Polycom, Presidio, PulsePoint, Qtera, Sentient Networks, SmartDrive Systems, Tegic, Trapeze, and Wellfleet); Advanced Software Systems (Entropic, FirstRain, Good Technology, Illustra/Informix, Sybase, and Tele Atlas); Advanced Semiconductors (Actel, Airgo, CommQuest, Kenet, Level 5, NemeriX, Newport Media, nLight, Qpixel, Resonext, SMIC, Solarflare, Stretch, Synaptics and Virata); Design Automation (Centric Software, Interconnectix, Parametric, Synopsys and Tensilica) and Clean Energy Technologies (Aurora Algae, Boston-Power, eSolar, GreenVolts, NanoH2O, Nexant, Protean, ReliOn, and Sundrop Fuels). Prior to Oak, Carano joined Morgan Stanley's Venture Capital Group in 1983. He was responsible for advising Morgan Stanley on high-tech new business development, as well as sponsoring venture investments. Carano received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund.
Director, Cambridge Enterprise
Charles Cotton is an experienced director of public companies listed on Nasdaq, Euronext Amsterdam and the LSE and private companies in the USA and Europe. He is a Director of technology companies Solarflare and Veebeam in California, and XMOS and Cambridge Enterprise in the UK. Prior to its acquisition by TomTom, in 2008, Cotton was a Supervisory Board member of Euronext Amsterdam listed, Tele Atlas. Previously, he was Executive Chairman of GlobespanVirata and CEO of Santa Clara based Virata which he took public on NASDAQ, in 1999. Cotton was CEO of Shandwick Europe; President of Boston Mass. based Thermal Scientific Inc, and a Director of LSE listed Thermal Scientific. He got the technology bug working for Clive Sinclair as Sales and Marketing Director at Sinclair Research. Before that, Cotton held senior Operations, Finance, Marketing and Product Planning positions at British Leyland and Ford. He has a BA Hons in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Arts.