Board Members

You can tell a lot about a company by the quality of its board members, and Plexxi boasts some of the most skilled minds in the industry. With a mix of venture backers and industry professionals, Plexxi’s Board of Directors have been behind Brocade, Ciena, Starent, Aruba, PureSpeech and Pirus Networks. Great success breeds great promise, and the Plexxi Board’s track record certainly fuels those expectations.

Senior Vice President, HANA Cloud Computing at SAP Labs
Senior Vice President of HANA Cloud Computing at SAP, Clark Masters reports to the CTO and is responsible for strategy and advanced architectures relating to in-memory database operation in public and private clouds.  With more than 30 years of technology and industry leadership with organizations such as SAP, Sun Microsystems and Cray Research, Masters brings to Plexxi’s board a wealth of high-technology vision, knowledge and execution.
Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners
Jeff McCarthy, Partner, has a successful entrepreneurial track record in communications. As an investor he focuses mainly on materials. Prior to joining North Bridge Venture Partners in 1998, he held leadership roles at two early, successful companies within the North Bridge portfolio Cadia Networks, New Oak Communications and Wellfleet Communications, an investment of the North Bridge founder. Jeff is a graduate of Northeastern University, School of Management (magna cum laude), and serves as an advisor to the University. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Northeastern MBA classes as well as several other colleges and universities. Jeff received his MBA (magna cum laude) from Bentley College.
Tim Barrows
General Partner, Matrix Partners
Tim Barrows is a managing partner at Matrix, where he has invested in technology start-ups for twenty-five years. Under his stewardship, Matrix Partners has delivered some of the highest performing funds of all time in the U.S. venture capital industry, investing in companies such as Starent Networks (IPO, acquired by Cisco), Netezza (IPO, acquired by IBM), Sycamore Networks, Tivoli Systems (IPO, acquired by IBM), Silverstream Software (IPO, acquired by Novell) and Aruba Networks (IPO). Tim also leads the firm’s international efforts, which have included establishing operations in Mumbai, India and Beijing, China. Tim holds degrees from Williams College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chris Schaepe
Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Chris is a managing director of Lightspeed, with over 20 years of venture capital experience and a focus on investments in networking, storage, cloud and other IT solutions as well as mobile technologies and applications. He has been named to the Forbes Midas List of top VC investors nine times and has backed over 10 first-time CEOs who led their startups through successful IPOs. Selected investments include Aerohive, Brocade, Ciena, Fusion-io and Riverbed. Prior to entering the venture capital business, Chris served in corporate finance and capital markets roles at Goldman Sachs and was a software engineer at IBM. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT and an MBA from Stanford University.
CEO
Successfully leading a technology company requires a strong sense of what the market needs and an uncanny ability to build it. Plexxi CEO Rich Napolitano combines the vision required to disrupt with the experience necessary to succeed. Rich has spent more than 30 years in the IT industry, most recently as the head of EMC’s Unified Storage Division, where he was responsible for more than $4 billion in annual revenue and 2,000 employees. Prior to EMC, Rich has led both sales and engineering, and acted as both founder and venture capitalist across companies like Sun Microsystems, Pirus Networks, and Alchemy Angels. Rich holds a BS degree in Computer Science from the State University, Stony Brook, NY, and owns two U.S. patents.
Founder, CTO and EVP Products & Technology
Invention is part discovery and part experience, and Plexxi founder and EVP Dave Husak is equal parts of each. With more than 25 years of experience as an engineer, architect, CTO and CEO, Dave is a technologist at heart with the spirit of a serial entrepreneur. Having worked at 3Com, Synernetics and Apollo, Dave then founded C-Port Corporation, Reva Systems and now Plexxi. He has contributed extensively to industry standardization efforts, including ANSI FDDI, IEEE 802, the IETF and the ATM Forum, and has been granted sixteen patents, and has several more pending. Dave holds a SBEE in Bioelectrical Engineering and has completed graduate work in communications systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Plexxi’s Advisors

Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners
Jamie is a partner at North Bridge Venture Partners investing in data center infrastructure, wired and wireless communications technologies and advanced materials. Prior to joining North Bridge in 1998, he co-founded and served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PureSpeech, a venture-backed speech recognition software and applications company. Before that, Jamie was an early employee with Symmetrix, a provider of manufacturing execution software. He is a graduate of MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, President of the Board of the New England Venture Capital Association and Chairman of the MATCH School, a Boston-area charter school.
Technology Advisor
Disruptive breakthrough and innovation is at the foundation of most great companies. Plexxi technology advisor Rick Barry has served at the very core of innovation in optical communication and networking, where he has worked in industry, research, and academia. Rick was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Sycamore Networks where he focused on product architecture, development, and technology as well customer development, product strategy, and intellectual property.  Prior to Sycamore, he was a member of the technical staff in the Advanced Networks Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he focused on network architecture and performance of all-optical and electro-optical ground and spaced based networks. Rick has served as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at The George Washington University. Rick received his PhD ’93, MS ’89, and BS ‘89 in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds many patents in the area of optical communications, networking, protection, switching, architecture and coding and is the author of over 45 technical publications.
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