Leadership

 


Decades of wireless experience

Xirrus’ leaders bring decades of wireless experience and a history of success. Combining business acumen with technical savvy, these executives guide the company to make the connected world a reality.


Shane Buckley

Chief Executive Officer

Shane Buckley brings more than 19 years of executive management experience to the Xirrus team, expanding business and markets worldwide. Most recently, Mr. Buckley was the General Manager and Senior Vice President at NETGEAR where he led the growth of NETGEAR’s commercial business unit to 50 percent revenue growth over 2 years, reaching $330 million in 2011 – and played a prime role in growing corporate revenues over 30 percent. Prior to that Mr. Buckley was President & CEO of Rohati Systems, a leader in Cloud-based access management solutions, Chief Operating Officer of Nevis Networks, a leader in secure switching and access control. He has also held the position of Vice President WW Enterprise at Juniper Networks, President International at Peribit Networks, a leader in WAN Optimization and EMEA vice president at 3Com Corp. Mr. Buckley is a graduate of engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland.

 

Dirk Gates

Executive Chairman and Founder

Dirk Gates brings more than 15 years of executive management experience to Xirrus, as well as a track record of success evolving a high-tech startup into a world class, publicly traded company. Having founded Xircom, Inc. in 1988 on the premise of delivering Ethernet connectivity to mobile computers, he attracted venture funding from Greylock, grew the company to 2,000 employees, achieved revenues of $500M and a market cap in excess of $2B. During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Gates led Xircom into the wireless arena through partnerships and acquisitions that positioned the company to deliver mobility solutions based on IEEE 802.11, GPRS and Bluetooth technologies. He subsequently negotiated the sale of Xircom to Intel Corporation in March of 2001.  Mr. Gates holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

 

Sam Bass

Vice President, Operations

Sam Bass brings to Xirrus over 30 years of experience in the storage/networking industry from leading technology companies. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of operations at Ixia where he was responsible for operations, customer support, IT and facilities worldwide. Sam has also served as co-general manager for the Mobile Communications Division of Intel and senior vice president, worldwide operations for Xircom, providing the vision and leadership for the build out of an international, world-class manufacturing and distribution environment. He has also held senior management/operations positions at Fibermux Corporation, as well as at several other technology-based companies. 

 

Steven DeGennaro

Chief Financial Officer and Founder

Prior to co-founding Xirrus in 2004, Steve DeGennaro held the position of vice president, finance and chief financial officer (CFO) at Calix Networks, Inc., a venture-backed telecom equipment company. At Calix he raised $100 million in venture capital funding and guided the company from the development stage through first customer ship and revenue recognition. Prior to Calix, Mr. DeGennaro was senior vice president and CFO at Xircom, Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of mobile networking products. In that role, he provided leadership, vision and strategic direction for the company during periods of significant growth and change. Additionally, he was responsible for all general and administrative functions of the company, including finance, legal, investor relations, information services, human resources, tax, treasury, and business development. He has also held other management positions at KPMG Peat Marwick. Mr. DeGennaro earned a BBA, Accounting from the University of San Diego and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

 

Duncan Fisken

Vice President, EMEA Sales
Duncan Fisken has spent the last forty years in the computer software and information technology industries,specialising in networking and information security. Duncan has held the role of Snr. Vice President & GM(EMEA/International) for RedSeal Networks since June 2013. Before joining RedSeal, Duncan was vice president EMEA for Fluke Networks, overseeing a period of restructuring the EMEA sales operations of the DCI Tools and Networks Systems Businesses. Before Fluke Networks, Duncan was vice president EMEA for Aruba Networks and oversaw a period of explosive growth in EMEA for the Sunnyvale, CA headquartered enterprise WLAN specialist, which included delivering 10 straight quarters of growth and 75% year on year growth in FY11/ FY10.
 

George Frie

Chief Revenue Officer
Frie previously held a number of leadership positions in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at NetScreen Technologies, a firewall and virtual private network (VPN) company. Following a successful $2 billion IPO, NetScreen Technologies was acquired by Juniper Networks for $4 billion. He later served as chief financial officer and vice president, Asia-Pacific, at Solid Information Technologies which was acquired by IBM. Frie holds degrees in economics and accounting from the University of Saint Thomas.
 

John Hudson

Vice President, Human Resources

John Hudson brings more than 30 years of both domestic and international Human Resources experience. John has held senior management positions in multiple industries including, senior vice president of human resources and chief administrative officer at Alliance Gaming, vice president of human resources at Xircom, executive director of human resources at Amgen, director of HR and human resource planning at Syntex Pharmaceuticals, managing director of international human resources at Applied materials, and director of organization and management development at Sun Oil Company. He has experience in all phases of organizational growth from start-ups to multi-national conglomerates. John has owned his own company, specializing in organization development consulting and coaching. He is also the author of a highly publicized book entitled "Choosing The Right Path".

 

Cary Kosher

Vice President, Americas Sales

Cary Kosher brings over 20 years of sales experience, creating and capitalizing on market opportunities in the wireless networking industry. Prior to joining Xirrus, he served as VP of Sales for Aerohive Networks, where he developed a go-to-market strategy that aligned sales, marketing and partner development. At Aerohive, Cary contributed to bookings growth from $1 million to $25 million per quarter and developed the Aerohive Partner Program.  Cary began his executive career at WatchGuard Technologies, where he doubled the number of customers and revenue per customer, resulting in a $3 billion valuation. Shortly after, at Cisco (Airespace), Cary was responsible for $128 million in sales, and 95 percent year-over-year growth. Besides his tenure at WatchGuard and Cisco, Cary has held senior-level positions at Atrato Networks, Napera Networks, and Polivec. Cary holds a BA in Communication from the University of Washington.

 

Jillian Mansolf

Chief Marketing Officer
Jillian brings more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience to her role as Chief Marketing Officer for Xirrus. Prior to this she served as CMO at Connected Data, a private cloud company. There, she was responsible for all aspects of marketing. She was also Executive Officer and SVP of Global Sales & Marketing at Overland Storage responsible for the worldwide sales organization, corporate marketing, investor & analyst relations and channel & product marketing. Mansolf was part of the founding management team at Snap Appliance helping negotiate the sale of the company to Adaptec for $100 million. She also served as Area Vice President of Sales at Dell Computer Corporation where she managed a $400M business.
 

Patrick Parker

Chief Development Officer and Founder

Patrick Parker brings more than 20 years’ executive level engineering management experience in technology-driven companies to his position at Xirrus. Before spearheading development of the WLAN Array, Mr. Parker served as chief executive officer (CEO) of Nomadix, Inc., a leading technology supplier to the Wi-Fi public-access market. During his tenure, Nomadix raised more than $16 million in venture funding, while striking key OEM relationships with Agere Systems, Proxim and Rockwell Collins. Prior to Nomadix, Mr. Parker held general manager positions at Zhone Technologies and Xircom, where he led a $400 million business unit.