Robert Fernander – Chief Executive Officer of Nexsan and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Imation – Bob has had a long career managing and growing both large and small businesses. Investors often ask Bob to help struggling divisions of a large corporations (Digital, Compaq, Imation) or assist in turning around small ones (Pivot3, StoredIQ, Surgient, Gnodal). Bob’s vast experience with vertical industries, service providers and enterprise storage customers has enabled him to help organizations grow their reach and top line. Often faced with limited resources, he is a leading expert at managing expenses, workforce reductions, and other restructuring activities. In addition, Bob currently advises a number of small emerging technology companies along with his executive duties at Imation.
Geoff Barrall – Chief Technology Officer – As a board member and former CEO of Connected Data, Geoff brings over 20 years of experience to Nexsan as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive with a dozen storage-related patents to his credit. He has founded five companies and currently serves on the boards of a number of startups in the storage space. Prior to Connected Data (now part of Nexsan), Geoff founded Data Robotics – the makers of Drobo. Geoff also founded BlueArc (sold to Hitachi Data Systems in 2011) and served in various roles there including SVP Marketing, VP Engineering, and CTO. Geoff has served on the boards and advisory boards of many companies including Data Domain (acquired by EMC), Tacit Networks (acquired by Packeteer), Nevex (acquired by Intel) and Nexsan (acquired by Imation). Geoff earned his Ph.D. in Cybernetics from the University of Reading.
Victoria Grey – Chief Marketing Officer – Victoria has over 20 years of experience in technology sales and marketing, with a specialty in the infrastructure market. She joins Nexsan from Gridstore (now HyperGrid) where she was Chief Marketing Officer of Worldwide Marketing. While at Gridstore she lead the marketing efforts for the company’s launch into the hyperconverged infrastructure market, resulting in a year-over-year growth of 343%. Prior to Gridstore she was at Nexsan where she was Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and drove the complete rebranding of all aspects of the company, driving significant growth rates through a worldwide network of partners. Before Nexsan Victoria held a number of senior positions at market leading companies, including Quantum, EMC, and Legato. She was named a “Woman of the Channel” in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and “Channel Chief” in 2015 and 2016.
Tony Craythorne – Senior VP of Sales – Tony brings over 25 years of sales experience, leading sales teams in the USA, Europe and Asia. Most recently he was Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales at NexGen Storage, and led the company through a spin-out from SanDisk through to their recent acquisition by Pivot3. Prior to NexGen, he held senior management positions at a number of storage companies including Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, Bell Micro and Connected Data.
Mark Herbert – Senior Vice President of Engineering– Mark has over 20 years of experience covering a wealth of broad technology areas, with multiple start-up firms from stealth to profitability. Prior to joining Nexsan, Mark served as VP of Engineering at Gridstore and led the engineering team to create Scale-Out, HyperConverged systems purpose built for Microsoft Hyper-V. At Gridstore, Mark was also responsible for Operations and Customer Support. Before joining Gridstore, Mark served as the Senior Vice President of Engineering for Drobo where he led the software, firmware, hardware and quality teams responsible for successfully shipping over 400,000 systems to the consumer and SMB markets. Prior to Drobo, Mark held the positions of Vice President of Systems Engineering at Cradle Technologies and Director of HW at Redback Networks. Mark holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MS in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
Doug O’Shaughnessy – Vice President of Customer Service – Doug brings over 20 years of Customer Service experience to the Nexsan (formally Connected Data) leadership team. Having held leadership positions at Amdahl Corporation, Legato Systems, EMC, as well as smaller companies such as Verari Systems, Doug has broad experience in leading and scaling global service organizations. His extensive experience in developing and implementing ASP programs, outsourcing aspects of service delivery, implementing Knowledge Management solutions, and keeping a close watch of over Customer Satisfaction makes him ideal for his role at Nexsan.
Stewart Gallacher – VP of Global Operations – Stewart brings over 20 years of Operations and storage industry experience to Nexsan’s leadership team. Since joining Nexsan in 2001 Stewart lead the EMEA Operations organization for more than 12 years before becoming VP of Global Operations. Using his extensive experience in all aspects of global supply chain and materials management, purchasing, manufacturing, quality, new product introduction and logistics, Stewart has greatly strengthened and streamlined operational efficiency at Nexsan. Prior to joining Nexsan Stewart held senior roles within Quality and Operations Management at Trimm Technologies before it was acquired by JMR, a legacy storage company headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. There Stewart was responsible for Quality, Technical Support, strategic account management, purchasing, logistics and RMA.