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 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 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.
Shari BrantleyVice President, Human Resources
Shari brings more than 20 years of human resources and corporate administration experience in the hi-tech, aviation and manufacturing industries to Xirrus. Prior to Xirrus, Shari led global HR teams for over 10 years at companies such as Maguire Aviation, Moore Industries International, and USA Petroleum where she implemented plan and benefit restructures that reduced human resources budgets by 50%. Shari has also synchronized existing systems with corporate policies and procedures for multiple domestic and international acquisitions. Shari serves on the board of the National HR Association, Los Angeles chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge.
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).
Jillian MansolfChief Commercial 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.
Colin O'NeillVice President, Services
Colin brings more than 20 years of software development life cycle experience in the defense, transportation, telecommunications and insurance industries to his role at Xirrus. Prior to joining Xirrus, Colin was Director of Support Services at Aon Corp. overseeing support for Risk Management and Claims Management software solutions worldwide. Prior to that role, Colin held management roles at BAE systems and Mott McDonald. Earlier in his career, Colin designed, implemented and oversaw technical and customer service groups in various roles. Colin holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of the West of Scotland.
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.