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Board of Directors
Faysal A. Sohail, Chairman - AirTight Networks, and Managing Director - Presidio Partners
Faysal Sohail joined Presidio Partners in 2002 as a Managing Director. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Applied Wave Research, Catalytic, Inovys Corporation, Pyxis Technology, Symwave and Telsima; and Faysal previously served on the board of Alien Technology. Mr. Sohail brings with him more than a decade of senior executive experience in engineering, marketing and business development. He was CEO of Cadabra Design Automation and managed its acquisition by Numerical Technologies (NMTC) where he served as Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations.
Prior to Numerical Technologies, Faysal was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Synopsys Inc. (SNPS). In 1990, he co-founded Silicon Architects, which was acquired by Synopsys in 1995. Earlier in his career, Faysal spent several years in IC design engineering and marketing positions with Actel Corporation (ACTL) and LSI Logic Corporation (LSI).
Mr. Sohail holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where he also served on the College of Engineering Advisory Board (CEAB) and is Chairman of the Board of the San Jose Education Foundation.
Pravin Bhagwat, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, AirTight Networks
Pravin Bhagwat is a wireless networking pioneer and an accomplished researcher. He brings 20+ years of leading edge research and development experience in wireless, security and networking and leads product innovation, technical strategy and technical marketing at AirTight Networks.
Prior to founding AirTight Networks, Pravin spent 1.5 years as a visiting faculty member at Computer Science department, IIT Kanpur. He received 2005 Global Indus Technovator Award for successfully engineering the world’s first, very large scale outdoor WLAN network connecting two cities in North India.
Pravin started his research career at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and AT&T Research where he was a lead member of MobileIP, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth research teams. Pravin has research papers (with 1000+ citations) and 16 patents to his credit.
For the past few years, Pravin has also been active in several community level green initiatives and social entrepreneurship projects. Pravin has a B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India and an MS/PhD in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.
David King, Business Development, AirTight Networks
David King joined AirTight Networks as Chairman and CEO in 2004 and led the company through three successful rounds of funding with top Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Under David’s management, from 2004 to 2015, AirTight became the global leader in wireless security and compliance solutions with over 1,000 major enterprise customers globally and top ranking in all of Gartner’s wireless security market measurements. David currently oversees key business development initiatives and serves on the company’s Board of Directors.
Prior to AirTight, David was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proxim, the pioneering leader in wireless local area networking. David joined Proxim in 1992 as Vice President of Marketing, became President and CEO in 1993 and took the compnay public on NASDAQ in December 1993, making Proxim the world’s first publically traded WLAN company. He grew Proxim from $4 million to over $100 million in annual revenues.
Before Proxim, David was Vice President of Marketing and Customer Services at Vitalink Communications, a pioneer in wide area neworking, and served in various executive capacities from 1990 to 1992. From 1983 to 1990, he was a senior manager at McKinsey’s San Francisco office, where he played a leadership role in the firm’s high technology and health care practices.
David holds an A.B. in Economics, as well as J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, all from Harvard University.
Eric Zimits, Managing Director, Granite Ventures
After spending a long career in finance and investments with a focus on the communications sector, Eric Zimits joined Granite Ventures in 2000 to focus on investing in early-stage communications and components companies.
Prior to Granite, Eric was Managing Director and head of the Communications Research Group at Hambrecht & Quist (later Chase H&Q), where he sponsored several venture capital investments, including: Amber Networks, acquired by Nokia; InterNAP (NASDAQ: INAP); Paragon Software, acquired by Openwave; WavTrace, acquired by Harris Corporation; and VocalData, acquired by Tekelec.
Prior to H&Q, Eric launched a research effort in the telecommunications and wireless industries as a General Partner at Volpe, Welty & Company. He also held analyst positions at Rauscher Pierce Refsnes and Morgan Keegan & Company.
Eric’s years of experience tracking the communications industry teamed with his financial savvy enables him to guide portfolio companies in making sound business decisions based on a deep understanding of the marketplace. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for AirTight Networks and Quantance.
Eric received a B.S.E. from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business.
J. Alberto Yépez. Trident Capital
Alberto Yépez is a Managing Director of Trident Capital. He joined the Airtight board in January of 2009.
Alberto has more than 25 years of experience in growing innovative, industry-leading technology companies. He is an experienced investor and serial entrepreneur, actively investing in IT Security, Enterprise Software and Mobility.
Alberto is Chairman of the Board of AlienVault, Mocana Corporation and Neohapsis, serves on the boards of BlueCat and HyTrust and was an observer on the Qualys (QLYS) Board of Directors. In addition to his board work on behalf of Trident, Alberto is on the Board of Coveo, the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco and is Chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC).
Alberto's past Directorships include Solera Networks (acquired by Blue Coat Systems), enCommerce (acquired by Entrust), Entrust (ENTU - acquired by Thoma Bravo), Third Brigade (acquired by Trend Micro), Thor Technologies (acquired by Oracle) and Vitria (VITR - taken private).
Prior to Trident, Alberto was a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record in building global businesses and leading them to successful exits. He was founder, Chairman & CEO of enCommerce, co-CEO & President of Entrust (ENTU) and Chairman & CEO of Thor Technologies, and held senior management positions at Oracle and Apple. He is an angel investor in Apigee and Securent (acquired by Cisco).
In addition, Alberto worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Warburg Pincus, served as Executive Chairman of a Bain Capital portfolio company, and was a consultant to the US Department of Defense as part of the DeVenCI Initiative. He is a member of the World Economic Forum.
Born and raised in Perú, Alberto earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Electronic Physics from the University of San Francisco; attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima, Perú.
Andrew Kau, Walden International
At Walden International, Andrew focuses on clean technology and semiconductors. He joined Walden International in 1994. Prior to WI, he was President of Chemical Technologies Ventures. He was also a management consultant at Strategic Planning Associates and Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Earlier in his career, he was a research scientist at Systems Planning Corporation and a VLSI semiconductor engineer at IBM.
Andrew holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.