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Rick Wilmer, Chief Executive Officer
Rick Wilmer's 25+ year career in Silicon Valley has been focused in storage and networking. As CEO, Rick is focused on propelling AirTight to the next phase of rapid growth and development.
Rick was most recently the CEO of Leyden Energy. Immediately prior to Leyden, he was an entrepreneur in residence at Lightspeed Ventures. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Rick was the CEO at Pliant Technology, which was acquired by Sandisk for $327M in May of 2011. He served as COO at Santur Corporation, and prior to that as the head of business operations at Aruba Networks as an early employee through their IPO. He has also held roles as Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Operations at 2Wire, Maxtor, and Seagate. Rick has extensive international experience, especially in Asia, where he resided for two years.
Rick received his BS in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a patent in data storage technology.
Pravin Bhagwat, Founder and Chief Technology Officer
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 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.
Michael Anthofer, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Anthofer brings 30 years of technology company financial expertise to his position as he works to expand AirTight's business footprint and help execute its long-term growth strategy.
Previously, Michael was Executive Vice President and CFO of Tessera Technologies, Inc., where he was responsible for the company's finance office, strategic planning and investor relations. Prior to Tessera, he served as Vice President and CFO of Kodiak Networks Inc.. Prior to Kodiak, he served as Senior Vice President and CFO of Smartpipes Inc. Before joining Smartpipes, Michael was Senior Vice President and CFO of Concentric Network Corp, which merged with Nextlink Communications to form XO Communications, where he was instrumental in taking the company public. During his tenure, the company grew from $2 million in annual revenue to a $250 million annual run-rate in five years.
Michael earned both his BS and MBA degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (Haas School of Business).
Kester Kyrie, Vice President Worldwide Sales
Kester Kyrie has more than 25 years of enterprise and channel sales experience in wireless, security, and networking. Prior to AirTight Networks, he served as Vice President of Sales for Cyphort, helping launch the company while building out the sales and channel organization. He spent 10 years at Aruba Networks, most recently serving as the Area Vice President of Sales for the West, taking the company from its first sales through its IPO in 2007 to more than $600 million in revenues. He was previously Director of Sales for the Western Region of Intruvert Networks, acquired by McAfee in 2002, ran the global hosting business for Alteon WebSystems, later acquired by Nortel, and was instrumental in launching sales at Shomiti Systems, acquired by Finisar. He began his career in the channel at Merisel and Telebit.
He holds a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.