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Leadership Team

Robert Fernander
Robert FernanderInterim Chief Executive Officer

Bob has had a long career managing and growing businesses large and small.  Investors often ask Bob to help a struggling division of a large corporation (Digital, Compaq, Imation) or assist in turning around a small one (Pivot3, StoredIQ, Surgient, Gnodal). Experience serving vertical industries, Service Providers and Enterprise Storage customers has enabled him to help organizations grow their top line. Often working with limited resources, and therefore managing expenses, workforce reductions and other restructuring activities is something Bob is experienced in leading.  In addition, Bob currently advises a number of small emerging technology companies to his duties at Imation.

Geoff Barrall
Geoff BarrallChief Technology Officer

As a board member and former CEO of Connected Data, Geoff brings to Nexsan over 20 years of experience 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, CTO & VP Engineering. 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.

Doug O’Shaughnessy
Doug O’ShaughnessyVice 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 in 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.

Mark Herbert
Mark HerbertSenior Vice President of Engineering

Mark has over 20 years 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, Hyper-Converged 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 400K 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.

Stewart Gallacher
Stewart GallacherVP 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 logisticsStewart 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.

TOny Craythorne
Tony CraythorneSenior 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.