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Mark Cree

CEO and Founder

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, strategic advisor and senior executive in the high-performance storage and networking industries. Before co-founding InfiniteIO in 2014, Mark was founding CEO of StorSpeed, where he was granted several patents related to storage caching.

Previously, he was general manager of Cisco’s Storage Router business unit. Mark joined Cisco in 2000 through its acquisition of iSCSI storage pioneer NuSpeed, which Mark founded and served as CEO and chairman. He began his career in product engineering and marketing executive roles at industry leaders such as StorageTek and Control Data.

Mark holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Minnesota.

Jay Rolette

Vice President of Engineering and Founder
Jay leads all software and hardware development at InfiniteIO, including the company’s patent-pending metadata analytics engine.

A network packet processing and security veteran, he was most recently the chief technologist of HP TippingPoint, a network security company acquired by HP in 2010. During his 12-year career at TippingPoint, he helped develop the industry’s first inline, high-speed network intrusion prevention system (IPS). Prior to this he held various senior technologist, professional services and product development roles at Emerald Technologies and IBM.

Jay studied electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. He is an inventor on a number of patents in the areas of networking, network security and high-speed packet processing systems.

David Sommers

Vice President of Operations and Founder
David is responsible for all sales operations, finance and business systems at InfiniteIO. Before co-founding InfiniteIO he served in engineering leadership roles for fast-growth and market-leading companies such as Intel, NetEffect, Vitesse, Adaptec, and Atari.

Recently, he was the vice president of systems and software at NetEffect, developer of low-latency memory-based networking technology, which was acquired by Intel in 2008. Notably, David spent 19 years with Adaptec, most recently as the vice president of engineering, leading 300 engineers across the U.S., Singapore and India. Early in his career, David was a design engineer at Atari, working with Noland Bushnell and Steve Jobs. Prior to this, he served for six years in the U.S. Navy.

David studied engineering at Chabot College.

Kris Meier

Vice President of Product Management

Kris defines and delivers InfiniteIO’s hybrid cloud storage solutions and products. He has more than 20 years of product management and development experience in a variety of technical and marketing positions delivering networking and storage solutions.

Before joining InfiniteIO in 2018, Kris was with Data Dynamics where he led the vision for integrating big data analytics and archiving solution. Prior to this, Kris was director of product management at CacheIQ from 2010 through its 2012 acquisition by NetApp, where he was responsible for integrating CacheIQ caching products and managing NetApp’s private cloud storage solutions. Previously, Kris held a variety of product roles at Storspeed, Verari Systems, NetEffect (now Intel), Dell, and HP.

Kris received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas.

Liem Nguyen

Vice President of Marketing

Liem leads all aspects of marketing including brand, communications, demand generation, digital and events. He joined InfiniteIO in January 2019 with 20 years of award-winning corporate and product marketing experience in cybersecurity, cloud infrastructure and software industries including leadership roles at Forcepoint, Commvault, Compellent and Dell.

Most recently, as communications director he served on Forcepoint’s marketing leadership team responsible for bringing its behavior-based security brand to life. At Compellent, he helped grow the company’s revenues from $24 million in 2007 through its public offering as the second-largest IPO in 2010 and acquisition by Dell for $960 million in 2011.

Liem holds a BA in English literature and BS in economics from Grand Valley State University. In 2011, he was named GVSU Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence in English Language and Literature.

Gurdip Kalley

Vice President of Sales, EMEA

Gurdip is responsible for strategic planning, sales operations and management of InfiniteIO across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He works closely with our customers and partners to help address the challenges associated with hybrid cloud adoption, data storage efficiency and application performance.

Gurdip has been a data management and storage professional for 18 years. Prior to InfiniteIO and most notably, he had set up Cleversafe in EMEA where he helped achieve early customer adoption for geo-dispersed object storage at petabyte scale across multiple industries. Cleversafe was later acquired by IBM for $1.3 billion, where Gurdip played a pivotal role in leading the EMEA transition and integration over two years. He has also held senior leadership roles at E8 Storage and S3 (acquired by Capita). He started his IT career in 2001 after being selected to join British Telecom’s graduate program.

Gurdip holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in law and history from the University of East Anglia, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the London School of Economics and a post-graduate diploma in management studies from the University of Hull.

Board of Directors

Chris Galvin

Chairman

Chris Galvin is chairman of InfiniteiO’s board of directors.

He previously served in a variety of executive leadership roles, including as the chairman of Cleversafe, which was acquired by IBM. 

Prior to this, Chris was also the chairman and CEO of Motorola and the chairman of NAVTEQ. Additionally, he served as a member of the U.S. Department of Defense Science and Manufacturing Boards, respectively, as well as a member of the Bechtel Corporation’s Board of Counselors, Rand Corporation, the Business Council (US), American Society of Corporate Executives, the US-China Business Council (Chairman 2003), and adviser to the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

He holds a Master’s degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

John Morris

Independent Director

John has been a director of InfiniteIO since 2018. He has been recognized throughout his career as a driver of business transformation and has held executive leadership positions at technology startups and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he was the vice president and general manager of IBM’s Object Storage Division.

He was the CEO of Cleversafe prior to its acquisition by IBM, significantly growing the company’s market-leading position during his tenure. Prior roles include serving as a member of the executive committee of Juniper Networks, as EVP of Worldwide Field Operations, where he helped add more than a billion dollars to Juniper’s top line. He also led Pay By Touch, a pioneering payments industry startup, in their implementation of its biometric solution in thousands of retail stores as its President and COO. He also served as chairman of the field council for Juniper, and as a member of the global marketing council and senior leadership group for IBM.

Mark Cree

CEO and Founder

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, strategic advisor and senior executive in the high-performance storage and networking industries. Before co-founding InfiniteIO in 2014, Mark was founding CEO of StorSpeed, where he was granted several patents related to storage caching.

Previously, he was general manager of Cisco’s Storage Router business unit. Mark joined Cisco in 2000 through its acquisition of iSCSI storage pioneer NuSpeed, which Mark founded and served as CEO and chairman. He began his career in product engineering and marketing executive roles at industry leaders such as StorageTek and Control Data.

Mark holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from the University of Minnesota.

Jay Rolette

Vice President of Engineering and Founder
Jay leads all software and hardware development at InfiniteIO, including the company’s patent-pending metadata analytics engine.

A network packet processing and security veteran, he was most recently the chief technologist of HP TippingPoint, a network security company acquired by HP in 2010. During his 12-year career at TippingPoint, he helped develop the industry’s first inline, high-speed network intrusion prevention system (IPS). Prior to this he held various senior technologist, professional services and product development roles at Emerald Technologies and IBM.

Jay studied electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. He is an inventor on a number of patents in the areas of networking, network security and high-speed packet processing systems.

Advisory Board

Dean Drako

Dean Drako founded Eagle Eye Networks in 2012, leading it to be the first cloud-based video surveillance company to provide both cloud and on-premise recording.

Dean was previously founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, where he created the industry’s first email security appliance in 2003 and subsequently grew the company to more than 140 products, 150,000 customers and approximately 1,000 employees. Dean was also the founder of Boldfish, a leading provider of enterprise messaging solutions that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2003. Dean was also founder, President and CEO of Design Acceleration, Inc (DAI), a maker of superior design analysis and verification tools, which was acquired by Cadence Design Systems in 1998. Dean received his BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and MSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steve Duplessie

Steve is the founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Systems Group and is an internationally recognized expert in IT infrastructure technologies and markets.

An acclaimed speaker and author, Steve’s insights have been featured in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Financial Times, USA Today, China Daily, The Moscow Times, and many other print and online publications. Steve is a valued strategic advisor to many of the largest technology providers in the world, including IBM, HP, Dell, EMC, NetApp, HDS, and other global IT organizations. A much sought-after speaker at conferences and industry events worldwide, Steve is known for his pull-no-punches, straight-shooting style. Steve’s presentations are renowned for being educational, opinionated, thought-provoking, and entertaining. They often draw standing-room-only capacity crowds. Prior to founding ESG, Steve was the founder and CEO of Invincible Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of fault-tolerant NAS systems. Before founding ITC, Steve started and ran a storage peripherals business unit at Clearpoint Research Corp., and he began his career at EMC. Steve holds a B.S. degree from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Asher Waldfogel

Asher is an entrepreneur, technology and business innovator, and creative disruptor. Currently advising companies from inception to publicly traded on innovation and business strategy.

Asher was a founding engineer at Wellfleet Communications (acquired by Bay Networks), a founder and CTO at Redback Networks (acquired by Ericsson), a founder and CTO at Tollbridge Technologies and a founder and CEO at Peakstream (acquired by Google). He has partnered with several venture capital firms that include Accel Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Matrix Partners, MDV and Sequoia Capital. Asher is active on for-profit and not-for-profit boards. Asher is a commercial multi-engine pilot flying a Beech Baron. Asher holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and an SM in Philosophy from MIT.