Board of Directors

Leadership | Board of Directors | Investors

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 is a general partner at U.S. Venture Partners with over 30 years of venture capital experience. He has led numerous investments which included 18 IPOs and several acquisitions. He currently serves on the boards of Active-Semi, Appthority, Box (NYSE: BOX), Cato Networks, Electric Cloud, Exablox, Inside Sales (observer), Kaiam, Megapath, Prevoty, Quantifind, Quixey, Smartling, Xirrus and ZEFR. Steve is the former executive board member and Treasurer of the National Venture Capital Association. He also serves on the boards of the WAVC, the World Affairs Council, the Stanford GSB Venture Fund and DAPER Investment Fund. Steve 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 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, Pivot3 and Xirrus.  His prior investments include Virsto Software which was acquired by VMWare in early 2013 and NexPlanar which was acquired by Cabot Microelectronics in September 2015.  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.

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.