Dave Kresse, Chief Executive Officer
Dave Kresse is a seasoned executive with more than fifteen years of executive experience in the technology industry, most recently as CEO of application performance and security vendor Mu Dynamics, which was acquired by Spirent. Dave also holds a board seat as an independent director at Embrane, the software-defined network services company.
Prior to Mu Dynamics, Dave served as Vice President and General Manager of the NetApp storage management and application integration business, where he drove rapid revenue growth and led the first solution integration effort between NetApp and VMware. Before joining NetApp, Dave held positions at Leapfrog Enterprises, PowerSchool, Inc. (acquired by Apple Computer), and Bain & Company. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in human biology from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration degree with distinction from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Stewart Grierson, Chief Financial Officer
Stewart Grierson is Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for shaping Coraid’s financial model and operations for maximum leverage as the company continues its worldwide expansion. Prior to joining Coraid, Stewart served as CFO of leading security firm ArcSight Inc., where he helped lead them to a successful IPO, and ultimately a $1.5 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard. Prior to ArcSight, he served as Vice President and Corporate Controller at ONI Systems Corp., where he was a key member of the IPO team.
Earlier in his career, Stewart served as a Senior Manager in the audit practice of KPMG LLP. He currently serves on the board of Ruckus Wireless, and was named CFO of the Year in the Public Company category in 2009 by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
Brantley Coile, Chief Scientist & Founder
Brantley Coile brings more than 30 years of technical and managerial experience with a range of technology companies and research institutions including Network Translation, Cisco Systems, Adaptive, Digital Transmission Systems, AT&T Bell Laboratories and the University of Georgia. He has an extensive background in designing communications protocols and operating systems for telephony applications and Internet infrastructure technologies.
In 1994, Brantley co-founded Network Translation, Inc. where he created the PIX Firewall appliance that created a new class of data communication firewalls utilizing stateful packet inspection. Cisco Systems acquired Network Translation and the Cisco PIX Firewall, generating multi-billion dollar sales since its launch, became the industry standard appliance firewall. Within a year of the release of the PIX, Brantley and his team designed, developed and introduced the industry's first Server Load Balancer, the Cisco LocalDirector, spawning a multi-vendor industry that continues to thrive.
Brantley left Cisco and in 2000 he founded Coraid to design and develop innovative network storage devices. At Coraid, he created the ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) open lightweight network storage protocol that is the basis of the EtherDrive family of SAN products. He is an alumnus of the Computer Science Department at the University of Georgia and a Commercial Pilot.
Nakul Saraiya, Chief Technology Officer & Acting Vice President of Engineering
Nakul brings more than 25 years of experience in data center solutions, including servers, orchestration, virtualization, networking, and storage products. Previously the CEO of Yunteq (a cloud orchestration company acquired by Coraid in 2011), Nakul has provided strategic leadership and engineering management in the development of many advanced technologies. He is listed as co-inventor on 23 issued patents. Earlier, he co-founded Fabric7 Systems, which developed the world's first hardware-partitionable x64 servers with virtualized fabric-based I/O and integrated L4-7 services. Nakul holds an M.S. in Computer Science (AI) from Stanford University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.
Keith Carpenter, Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Keith Carpenter is a seasoned sales executive with more than 20 years of sales leadership experience in the information technology market, primarily focused on enterprise storage and application delivery. Most recently, Keith was vice president of sales, Americas for Virident Systems recently acquired by HGST, a Western Digital Company. Before that, Keith co-founded and served as vice president of sales at Cache IQ, an early stage start-up developing flash based technologies with sophisticated software for accelerating I/O demanding applications. Cache IQ was acquired by NetApp in November 2012. Prior to Cache IQ, he was the vice president of sales for Storspeed, a private start-up based in Austin, Texas. Before that, Keith had been with NetApp since 2001, most recently as a sales director in the Central United States where he grew the operations from $80M to a $220M business. He has also held sales and leadership positions with Auspex Systems and EMC Corporation.
Brandt Mackey, Vice President of Technical Support
Brandt Mackey leads Coraid's technical support organization. Brandt has been delivering or supporting various sectors of enterprise technology for 20 years. Prior to joining Coraid, he sold and deployed application virtualization technology for InstallFree, which was acquired by WatchDox. Before joining InstallFree, Brandt assisted Kidaro (acquired by Microsoft) to establish an early market position in the desktop virtualization sector. Prior to that, he deployed security technology for both Mu Dynamics (acquired by Spirent) and Securify (acquired by Secure Computing). Brandt also previously managed Tier-1 customer support for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Network and Security Operations Center in Quantico, VA.
Gail Boddy, Vice President of Human Resources
Gail Boddy brings more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources to Coraid. Gail comes from AlienVault and before that HP ArcSight, having joined HP in October 2010 as part of the acquisition of ArcSight. As VP of Human Resources at ArcSight, Gail was a key member of the executive team during eight years of rapid growth and expansion. Under Gail’s leadership, ArcSight was named one of the Bay Area’s “50 Best Places to Work” in its category by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. ArcSight was the highest-ranking compliance and security software company on the list and ranked number 13 in the category of companies with 101-500 employees.
Prior to ArcSight, Gail was Director of Human Resources at Ingrian Networks, another enterprise data protection solutions company. Before Ingrian, she was the Director of HR at Brokat Technologies/Blaze Software and Aspec, providing HR leadership to these software companies as they grew and transitioned from private to public companies. Prior to that, Gail held HR roles at Akashic Memories and Paradigm Technology. Gail holds a Bachelors degree in English Literature from California State University, Chico.