VMTurbo Board Members
N. Louis Shipley: President and CEO, VMTurbo
Prior to joining VMTurbo, Lou was General Manager of Citrix Xen Products Group. Previously, he was President and CEO of Reflectent Software, an end user application performance monitoring company acquired by Citrix in 2006. Lou was General Manager of the Citrix Management Systems group, then took on the role as General Manager of Citrix XenServer when Citrix acquired XenSource in 2007. He joined Reflectent after working as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Highland Capital Partners. Prior to Highland, Lou served as Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for WebLine Communications, a customer contact center software company acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 for $325 million. Previously to WebLine, Lou served as Vice President of Americas and Pacific operations at Avid Technology. He joined Avid as a startup and oversaw growth to over $450 million in revenue. Lou also founded and served as President of Avid Japan, KK. Lou is a graduate of Trinity College and Harvard Business School, and is a Guest Lecturer at MIT Sloan School. He serves as a Trustee at Westminster School in Simsbury, CT and is on the Board of Directors at Xtranormal.com.
Shmuel Kliger: CTO and Founder, VMTurbo
Shmuel is currently focused on product and technology strategy, as well as strategic partnerships. Previously, he founded and served as President and CEO of VMTurbo. Prior to founding VMTurbo, Shmuel served as Vice President of Architecture and Applied Research in the EMC CTO Office. Prior to joining the CTO Office, Shmuel was the Chief Technology Officer of EMC’s Resource Management Software Group. Shmuel Kliger joined EMC with the acquisition of SMARTS. Shmuel Kliger was a Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of SMARTS. As CTO of SMARTS Shmuel Kliger was responsible for setting SMARTS vision and strategy, managing SMARTS R&D organization, as well as Professional Services, Technical Support and Technology Partner Development. Prior to joining SMARTS, Shmuel was a member of the Distributed Systems Software Technology department at IBM Research developing middleware technologies. Shmuel also served as a senior researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, and Manager of Technical Support Services for International Business Software in Israel. Shmuel holds a B.S. in mathematics from Bar Ilan University, an M.Sc.and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
J. Benjamin Nye: Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
Ben joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2004. Prior to joining Bain Capital Ventures, he was a SVP at Veritas Software. Prior to Veritas, Ben was COO and CFO of Precise Software Solutions, where he helped build Precise from a $10MM revenue private company to a $100MM revenue public company prior to its sale to Veritas for $600MM. Earlier in his career Ben was a Principal at Allied Capital, a public investment company, and he also worked in the U.S. Treasury Department for Treasury Secretaries Lloyd Bentsen and Robert Rubin, and as a consultant for Mercer Management Consulting. Ben attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with honors.
Peter Bell: General Partner, Highland Capital Partners
Peter is a General Partner at Highland Capital Partners specializing in technology investments across all stages of company growth. Before joining Highland, Peter was Managing Director and founder of Stowe Capital, LLC, which specialized in providing capital and management expertise to emerging growth companies. Prior to establishing Stowe Capital in 2002, Peter was the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of StorageNetworks, an information storage software and services company. Under his leadership, Peter took the company from pioneering concept to over $120 million in annual revenue in three years and closed six rounds of equity capital financing, totaling over $700 million, including a successful IPO in June 2000. Peter began his career at EMC Corporation. During his tenure he held positions in marketing, operations and sales and played a key role in building and managing the Open Storage Group at EMC, a major growth engine for the company.
Jack Sweeney: Executive Chairman, Apparent Networks
Jack is a board member of VMTurbo and several other technology companies, and Executive Chairman at Apparent Networks, previously serving as President & CEO of the company. Jack has a deep experience as a technology entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions at EMC. Prior to EMC, he was President and C.E.O. of Network Intelligence, Inc. where he led the organization to the successful acquisition by EMC in July 2006. Before this, Jack was General Partner at Prism Venture Partners, where he made significant investments in data security markets including GeoTrust, Ingrian Networks, and Silverback Technologies. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at EPiCON Inc., Stargus, and Bell Atlantic Network Integration. Jack also served as the Vice President of Sales at Bell Atlantic and was instrumental in building the division’s business initiative and development. He has also worked as the National Sales Manager at Wang Laboratories’ PC Systems Division and has held various marketing and management positions at Unisys.
Dennis Hoffman: Sr. Vice President, Service Providers, EMC Corporation
Dennis Hoffman is Senior Vice President, Service Provider at EMC. In this role, he is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s service provider strategy and related initiatives. Dennis is a 25-year veteran of the high-technology industry. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Vice President of VCE (the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel), and Vice President of Information Security, where he was instrumental in the acquisition of RSA Security and the formation of EMC’s security division. Dennis also served as CEO and Co-Founder of Storigen Systems, a pioneering developer of distributed storage networking software that was acquired by EMC in October 2003. In addition, Dennis spent six years at Avid Technology where he was responsible for the marketing and business development of its storage and networking products. Dennis graduated from Union College with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA from Harvard University.