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Leadership

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.

Ian Bayly |  Vice 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 relationship strategy and management which 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. In that role, he also revitalized and doubled the channel sales teams and implemented a channel expansion program across 7 verticals resulting in year-over-year double digit growth between 2011 and 2013. 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 incrementally quarter-over-quarter for five consecutive years between 2010 and 2015. He holds a degree from West London University.

Steve 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).

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.

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.

Peter Schwartz |  Vice 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.

Board of Directors

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.

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.

Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards formerly served as the executive chairman of Powerwave Technologies, Inc., a leading supplier of antenna systems, base station subsystems and coverage solutions to the wireless communications industry. He served as Powerwave's CEO from 1996 until 2005, and on the board of directors from 1996 through 2007. Before joining Powerwave, Mr. Edwards served eleven years at AST Research, Inc, as the company’s executive vice president, CFO and director. He has also served in senior financial positions with AMDAX Corporation, a manufacturer of RF modems, and with Arthur Andersen and Co. He holds a B.S. in Commerce from Rider University and a Masters in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Edwards is currently a member of the board of directors of Semtech Corporation, Emulex Corporation and Lantronix, Inc.

Steve Krausz

Steve Krausz has over 25 years of venture capital experience, having joined US Venture Partners in 1985. Mr. Krausz plays a leadership role in both USVP and the venture capital community. He served for four years on the National Venture Capital Association board of directors, was treasurer and on the executive committee. Prior to joining USVP, Mr. Krausz had eight years of operating experience with NASA Ames, BTI Computers, Direct Inc. and Daisy Systems, where he built the strong network and experience base that he brings to his portfolio companies. He served on the boards of directors of EPIC Design Technologies, Elantec, Microlinear, Checkpoint Software, Verity, Harmonic Lightwaves, Photon Dynamics; all USVP investments that became successful public companies. Currently he is on the Boards of multiple USVP investments including, Force10 Networks, Guidewire, Imperva, Occam Networks (OCNW), Threatmetrix, Trusteer and Xirrus. Mr. Krausz holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.

David Marquardt

Mr. Marquardt is a co-founder of August Capital and his commitment to entrepreneurs and their market vision is reflected by his long-standing board relationships. Mr. Marquardt has served on more than 25 boards of directors during his 20-year venture capital career including Microsoft, Sun, Seagate, Adaptec and Grand Junction Networks (acquired by Cisco). Prior to August Capital, Mr. Marquardt was a co-founder of Technology Venture Investors (TVI) in 1980, where he was involved in four highly successful funds that invested in more than 100 start-up and emerging growth companies. Among these early investments was Microsoft, where TVI was the sole investor and where Mr. Marquardt has been on the board of directors since 1981. Mr. Marquardt received a BSME from Columbia University and an MBA from Stanford University. He also completed coursework for an MSEE at Stanford University.

Khaled Nasr

Khaled joined InterWest's IT team in 2005 and focuses on investments in mobile, cloud and data center infrastructure, including systems, software and semiconductors. Khaled is a board member of Aryaka, DataRPM, InVisage Technologies, NexPlanar, Pivot3, Quantance and Xirrus. Prior to joining InterWest, Khaled invested in IT companies for Alta Partners where his investments included Synad (acquired by ST Microelectronics), Netli (acquired by Akamai), Celetronix (acquired by Jabil) and Occam Networks (OCNW; acquired by Calix). Prior to that, he spent 16 years in sales, marketing and general management positions with a succession of successful networking and telecommunications startups. He was president and chief executive officer of FlowWise Networks and general manager and vice president, International at Ipsilon. Before that, Khaled served as chief operating officer at Advanced Computer Communications (ACC), and as vice president of marketing and services with Premisys Communications. From 1987 to 1992, Khaled served as vice president of network services with Newbridge Networks. Khaled received his B.A. and M.A. in mathematics and social and political sciences from Cambridge University.

Marc Randall

Marc Randall is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive who brings decades of networking and business collaboration experience to Xirrus. Marc is Senior Vice President & General Manager, Avaya Networking. Avaya is a global provider of business collaboration, communications and networking solutions. In this role, Marc oversees the foundation for the data networking business with a focus on growing the networking business into a world class innovative market leader. Marc joined Avaya from Cisco Systems, where he was vice president & general manager of the Scalable Network Business Unit. Previously, Marc held senior positions including president and CEO of Force10 Networks and senior vice president at Brocade Communications. Marc has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from DeVry University Phoenix.

Bill Schroeder

Mr. Schroeder is a highly regarded Silicon Valley CEO, and brings to Xirrus more than two decades of experience driving operational excellence at companies of all sizes, as well as being a respected and seasoned technologist. As the former CEO of Diamond Multimedia Systems (makers of the Rio MP3 player) and president and vice-chairman of Conner Peripherals, Inc., Mr. Schroeder has taken several companies from start-up through IPO and also led large, successful public companies. At Conner Peripherals, he was a key member of the team credited with growing the company from zero revenue to in excess of $2 billion, and orchestrating a highly successful IPO. Mr. Schroeder holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, as well as an MSEE and BSEE from Marquette University.

Eric Young

Since co-founding Canaan in 1987, Eric Young has helped launch a multitude of market-leading companies from inception to IPO or acquisition. He was an early investor in Copper Mountain Networks (CMTN), whose technology led the 1990's DSL wave in North America; ONI Systems, the leader in the revolutionary merging of the metro area voice and data communication that is the basis of Ciena's current offerings (acquired by Ciena); and Kalpana, which introduced the concept of a multi-port Ethernet switch (acquired by Cisco Systems). Eric also generated numerous positive outcomes from his investments in high-performance companies such as Argon Networks, Capstone Turbine, Diffusion Software, Frame Technology, International Network Services, International Packaging Assembly, Spectrian and Visigenic Software. Eric earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a MBA from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1995, August Capital is a leading venture capital firm that invests in innovative technology companies. With more than 100 years of combined venture, industry and operational experience, August Capital focuses on helping outstanding entrepreneurs build large sustainable companies. August Capital has $1.3 billion under management, and has invested in more than 60 companies including Atheros, Cobalt Networks, Iridigm, Seagate, Shopping.com, Silicon Image and Tickle. To learn more, visit www.augustcap.com.

Canaan Partners is a global venture capital firm that invests in people who turn visionary ideas into valuable and significant technology & healthcare companies. We were early investors in some of the world's leading technology companies, including Acme Packet, CommerceOne, DoubleClick, Match.com and Xirrus, as well as healthcare giants Cerexa, Dexcom, Northstar Neuroscience and Peninsula Pharmaceuticals. To learn more, visit www.canaan.com.

InterWest Partners invests in some of the world’s most promising early stage IT and healthcare businesses. For over 30 years InterWest Partners has partnered with entrepreneurs to build winning companies. With more than 200 years of operating and investing experience, InterWest has raised $2.8 billion, completed 80 IPOs, and participated in 81 upside acquisitions. To learn more, visit www.interwest.com

Questmark Partners, L.P. is an active late-stage private equity fund with $455 million under management. QuestMark invests in emerging growth companies with exceptional management teams and proven products and services, addressing Internet technology, communications, healthcare and consumer markets. QuestMark's principals have relevant industry knowledge, investment banking experience and a history of investing in both public and private companies. To learn more, visit www.questmarkpartners.com.

U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) is a leading Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build world-class companies that are leaders in their industry. USVP focuses on early stage opportunities in sectors where the Partners have the domain expertise, operating experience and a network of relationships to provide meaningful contribution to the success of the enterprise. These sectors include digital communications and networking systems, Internet and eCommerce infrastructure, semiconductors and optical components, enterprise and technical software, and medical devices and biopharmaceuticals. Since its inception in 1981, USVP has raised more than $2.5 billion in eight funds. To learn more, visit www.usvp.com.