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David King, Chairman and CEO, AirTight Networks
David joined AirTight Networks as Chairman and CEO in 2004 and led the company through three successful rounds of funding with top tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms. Under his management, AirTight became the global leader in wireless security and compliance solutions with over 1,000 major enterprise customers globally and top ranking in all four of Gartner's wireless security market assessments (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010). He has driven AirTight's efforts to forge close strategic technology and go-to-market partnerships with a significant number of leading security and networking companies, including HP, Juniper, McAfee, Verizon, Qualys, Rapid7, Enterasys, Meru, Trapeze and Aerohive.
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 December 1992 as Vice President of Marketing, became President and CEO in July 1993 and took the company public on NASDAQ in December 1993, making Proxim the world's first publicly 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 data networking, and served in various executive capacities from 1990 to 1992. From 1985 to 1990, he was a senior manager in 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
Pravin Bhagwat, Chief Technology Officer, AirTight Networks
Pravin 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 three 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.
Faysal A. Sohail, Managing Director, CMEA Capital
Faysal Sohail joined CMEA Ventures 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.
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
J. Alberto Yépez is a Managing Director in Fund VII at Trident Capital focusing on Enterprise Software and IT Security. Prior to Joining Trident, Yépez was Vice President of Identity Management and Security Strategy at Oracle after Oracle acquired Thor Technologies, Inc. At Thor, Yépez was Chairman, President and CEO leading it from the pre-revenue stage to rapid growth and global expansion. Yépez has had a more than 20 year career building successful global businesses in enterprise security and infrastructure software. Besides AirTight, he currently serves on the board of Trident following portfolio companies including HyTrust (a virtualization security and compliance company). In addition, he actively works with other companies in the portfolio as an advisor to management, including Arxan, TriCipher and Voltage.
Yépez holds a B.S. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electronic Physics from the University of San Francisco.
Dr. Maximilian Schroeck Managing Partner, Cipio Partners
Prior to joining Cipio Partners, Maximilian was Managing Director of Agilent Ventures, Palo Alto, CA, overseeing Agilent Technologies' global venture investments in communication and measurement technologies as well as biotech. While at Agilent, the world's leading high-tech test & measurement company, Maximilian was also in charge of the firm's corporate strategy group and new business development function, where he launched and managed efforts in nano-scale measurement and other emerging technology areas.
Before joining Agilent in early 2001, Maximilian was Vice President and Partner with A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. Based in Silicon Valley, he co-led the EDS/A.T.Kearney Venture Fund after a distinguished, decade-long consulting career in Europe and the U.S. advising many of the world's leading high technology companies on corporate strategy issues around growth, innovation and operational effectiveness. Maximilian holds MBA and Doctorate degrees in Strategic Management from Munich University, Germany.
Marius A. Haas, KKR & Co. LP
Marius joined KKR as an Industry Advisor to the Technology Group. Prior to KKR, Marius was a Senior Vice President and WW General Manager of the Hewlett-Packard Networking Division, where he was responsible for the group's ~$3.5Bn global business. Marius served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Global Head of M&A at HP, during which the company more than doubled its market value. Earlier in his career, Marius held a wide range of senior operations roles at Compaq and Intel Corporation. Marius has served as a member of the McKinsey & Co. CSO Council, The E&Y Corporate Development Leadership Network and a Board Member of the ASAP organization.
Mr. Haas has a B.S., B.A. from Georgetown University and his M.B.A. in International Management from the American Graduate School of Integration Management (Thunderbird) in Glendale, Arizona.
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.