Management

Dave Wright, Founder and CEO

Dave Wright _SF_portraits -16Dave Wright left Stanford in 1998 to help start GameSpy Industries, a leader in online videogame media, technology, and software. While at GameSpy, Dave led the team that created a backend infrastructure powering thousands of games and millions of gamers. GameSpy merged with IGN Entertainment in 2004 to create one of the largest Internet gaming & entertainment media companies.  Dave served as Chief Architect for IGN and led technology integration with FIM / MySpace after IGN was acquired by NewsCorp in 2005.

In 2007 Dave founded Jungle Disk, a pioneer and early leader in cloud-based storage and backup solutions for consumers and businesses.  Jungle Disk was acquired by leading cloud provider Rackspace in 2008 and Dave worked closely with the Rackspace Cloud division to build a cloud platform supporting tens of thousands of customers. In December 2009 Dave left Rackspace to start SolidFire.


RJ Weigel, President

RJWeigel _SF_portraits -11As President of SolidFire, RJ Weigel leads customer-facing operations, including enterprise and cloud service provider sales, customer success and retention, and global go-to-market strategies. With over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, RJ’s deep understanding of the storage market enables cloud service provider and enterprise customers alike to take advantage of the scalability, automation and guaranteed performance control native to SolidFire’s all-flash array.

Prior to joining SolidFire, RJ served as Vice President for Global Accounts, Americas, for Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Storage Organization. At HP, he provided strategic support to help customers intelligently scale storage while meeting increasingly complex compliance requirements. He came to this role through HP’s acquisition of 3PAR, where he served as Worldwide Vice President of Sales and Field Operations. At 3PAR, he helped successfully build and execute integrated service provider and enterprise go-to-market models to drive bottom-line revenue.

Prior to joining 3PAR, RJ served as Vice President for the Central United States for NTAP and led an aggressive and successful growth strategy in enterprise and channel markets. RJ also spent a number of years with Cisco Systems in various leadership positions. He holds a BA from the University of Iowa.


John Hillyard, CFO

John Hillyard _SF_portraits -29 John Hillyard is the CFO at SolidFire, bringing significant domestic and international experience at both public and venture backed companies. John has held a broad range of financial and operations leadership positions and has a wealth of experience leading securities offerings, raising venture funding, and managing M&A transactions. He most recently served as CFO of Datalogix, a digital media marketing company. Prior to that, he was the CFO of LeftHand Networks (a storage company that was acquired by HP for $360M). He also served as CFO of FrontRange Solutions. He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a CPA.


Daniel Berg, Chief Product Officer

Dan Berg _SF_portraits -5Daniel is responsible for the engineering, development, and quality of all products at SolidFire.  He is focused on expanding SolidFire's core and sustaining engineering teams while driving excellence in execution, innovation, and technical strategy.

Daniel joins SolidFire from Avaya where he served as Vice President of Research and Development. Prior to Avaya he served as Chief Technology Officer and head of Research and Development at Skype where he was responsible with developing Skype's full range of technologies and products. During Daniel's time at Skype he was based in Europe and recently returned home to Colorado with his wife and son.  Prior to Skype, Daniel spent 15 years at Sun Microsystems in a variety of engineering and management roles including being named a Distinguished Engineer at Sun.  Prior to his career at Sun, Daniel held positions at IBM and Honeywell as well as a few technology related startups.  Daniel has also authored a number of books and papers detailing Java technologies, concurrent programming and development methodologies and architecture.


James Whitemore, Chief Marketing Officer

Solidfire _James _WhitemoreJames Whitemore is the Chief Marketing Officer responsible for all corporate, product and field marketing functions at Solidfire. His focus is on building teams, programs and solutions that are organized around the customer, understanding and meeting the needs of an ever more diverse and global customer base.

A veteran of the cloud computing and storage industry, James has more than 25 years experience leading, developing and executing successful global sales, product management and marketing strategies. He most recently served as SVP of Sales and Marketing at West IP Communications, a leading provider of technology-driven communications services, where he led the company’s Unified Communications-as-a-Services (UCaaS) business. Prior to his tenure at West IP Communications, James was EVP of Sales and Marketing at Smoothstone IP Communications.

Prior to Smoothstone, James was the Chief Marketing Officer at Savvis and he has held a variety of sales and marketing positions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with Sun Microsystems, IBM, StorageTek and Standard Telephones and Cables (STC).  James holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Northumbria University.


Jay Prassl, VP of Marketing

Jayprassl SF Portraits 23Jay Prassl is responsible for SolidFire's brand and marketing efforts. Prior to SolidFire, Prassl was employee number five at LeftHand Networks, where he spent the last 10 years breaking new ground in the storage market with the company's distributed SAN solution. He led multiple parts of the LeftHand business through its acquisition by HP, and was most recently responsible for the management of the full HP/LeftHand product line in Canada, U.S., and Latin America. Prassl earned a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University.


Brian McCloskey, VP of Americas Sales

Brian Mc Closkey _SF_portraits -35Brian McCloskey is the Vice President of Americas Sales at SolidFire.  With more than 20 years of enterprise storage sales and sales management experience, Brian has a proven track record of growing organizations in highly competitive market segments.  Prior to SolidFire, Brian served as Senior Director of Enterprise East and Canada for the Isilon Storage Division at EMC.  Brian started with Isilon in 2007, and led teams that delivered a significant percentage of Isilon's revenue and growth through both direct and indirect sales channels prior to acquisition by EMC.  Prior to Isilon, Brian held various management, sales, and systems engineering roles at EMC and Data General.  Brian holds MBAs in Corporate Finance and International Marketing from New York University.


Tim Pitcher, VP of International

Tim Pitcher _SF_portraits -33 Tim Pitcher is the Vice President, International, at SolidFire, where he is responsible for expanding SolidFire's presence globally. Tim has significant international experience, most recently serving as Senior Director of Global Account Storage at Hewlett Packard after its acquisition of 3PAR. While at HP, his primary responsibilities included customer retention and leading HP global storage growth. Prior to HP, Tim was Vice President of 3PAR where he focused on the rapid growth of customers, channel partners and strategic service providers. Prior to 3Par, Tim served for eight years at NetApp as VP of global accounts and VP of Northern Europe.


Adam Carter, VP of Product Management

Solidfire Adam Carter 02 Adam Carter is an expert in storage virtualization and 10 year veteran of scale-out IP storage systems.  Adam has led product management at LeftHand Networks, HP, and VMware, bringing revolutionary products to market.  Adam pioneered the industry's first Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) at LeftHand Networks and helped establish VMware's VSA certification category.  Adam brings deep product knowledge and broad experience in the storage ecosystem to SolidFire and heads up all aspects of product development.


Dave Cahill, VP of Corporate Development & Strategy

Dave Cahill _SF_portraits -27 Dave is responsible for driving the planning, prioritization and execution of SolidFire’s strategic growth initiatives, partnerships and industry leading solution integrations. He has more than 12 years of experience in the enterprise storage industry. Prior to SolidFire, Dave was the founder of Diligence Technology Advisors, a strategy consulting practice focused on emerging enterprise technologies. Starting his career at EMC, he was an early member of the Centera business unit. After EMC, Dave spent 6 years on Wall Street in analyst and investor capacities. While at RBC Capital Markets, he was a key contributor on one of Wall Street's top equity research teams in storage.