Our Valuable Team Members

Shane Buckley
Shane BuckleyChief 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
Dirk GatesExecutive 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
Sam BassVice 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.
Ian Bayly
Ian BaylyVice President, EMEA Sales
Ian Bayly brings more than 17 years of management experience in wireless channel resellers across international markets to Xirrus. Most recently, Ian was Global Vice President of OEMs and Strategic Alliances at Cambium Networks where he led global SI and OEM included leading RAN vendors and companies throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Prior to that role, Ian was Cambium Networks’ founding EMEA Vice President of Sales and Marketing and led the transition of 700 channel partners into Cambium’s newly formed connected partner program. Before Cambium Networks, Ian was a member of a small executive team at Motorola that led the acquisition strategy of Motorola’s wireless broadband division to PE company Vector Capital, which created Cambium Networks in 2011. Ian was also European Sales Director for Wireless Network Solutions at Motorola where he grew wireless LAN business between 2010 and 2015. He holds a degree from West London University.
Steve DeGennaro
Steve DeGennaroChief 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).
George Frie
George FrieChief 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.
Jillian Mansolf
Jillian MansolfChief 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
Patrick ParkerChief 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.
Peter Schwartz
Peter SchwartzVice President, Americas Field Sales
Peter brings more than 22 years of sales management experience in the network infrastructure industry to his role at Xirrus. Prior to Xirrus, Peter was Operations Director at Aruba Networks growing revenue by double digits year over year. Prior to that role, he led the Western U.S. and Canada sales operations for Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions group which grew into a 300 million dollar network security business unit under his direction, ultimately leading to acquisition by CheckPoint Software. Earlier in his career, Peter held management roles building high performance sales teams at Bay Networks, Anixter and Enterprise Networking Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.