As Senior Vice President of Operations, Jose Almandoz is responsible for company planning, operations, and the program management office.
With more than 25 years of technology industry experience, Jose brings extensive global operations and public company experience to SimpliVity. He joined from Intralinks, where he served as the Executive Vice President of Services, Operations, and CIO for the last three years. Prior to Intralinks, he held several executive positions at Novell, including CIO and Vice President of Global Field Operations. He also served as President of Novell for Latin America. Early in his career, Jose spent more than 12 years in the consulting business, leading Cambridge Technology Partners in Latin America and building his own consulting company in Venezuela, his native country.
Jose has a degree in Computer Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar and MBA studies from Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela.
As the Vice President of Product Management, Jon is responsible for the portfolio, roadmap, direction and detailed requirements planning of SimpliVity’s products.
Jon has over 30 years in Engineering, Product Management and Marketing. From his start at Bachman Information Systems, where was co-founder and VP of Products, through director / VP level assignments in product management and marketing at Electronic Book Technologies, PlaceLinks, Sonic Software, and Progress Software. Prior to joining SimpliVity Jon was a VP of Product Management at PTC in Needham, Mass.
Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
Karen brings over 25 years of experience working with high growth technology companies. As the Vice President of Finance and Administration at SimpliVity, Karen is responsible for finance, human resources, legal, and administration.
Karen was previously VP of Finance at Demantra, a leading provider of demand management applications. Demantra was sold to Oracle in 2006. Before Demantra she was Chief of Staff at ZEFER Corp, a web services firm, now Niteo partners of NEC.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from University of Rhode Island.
Peter Baglieri has had a successful sales track record in the technology industry for 25 years. He is a proven leader who has built a lengthy executive contact list in many industries, including financial services, media and entertainment, and consulting. Both Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller entrepreneurial companies profitably grew their business as a result of Peter’s sales expertise. He has consistently been effective at introducing disruptive technologies to Fortune 100 companies.
Peter has exceeded sales goals while holding leadership roles at the following companies: NetApp, Diligent, EMC, Giantloop Network, Metromedia Fiber Network, Abovenet, and MCI. He serves on the advisory board of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, Motion Picture Enterprises and The Historic Vehicle Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Marketing from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
As Vice President of Support, Services & Manufacturing, Randy is responsible for maintaining growth and relationships supporting SimpliVity’s global market.
Randy has over 20 years of experience leading & managing successful teams, including Customer Operations, Services, and Manufacturing. He began his career at General Electric Company where he held multiple leadership roles in three businesses: GE Appliances, GE Power Generation, and the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).
Prior to joining SimpliVity, Randy was employed by EMC Corporation, where he served as Senior Director, Unified Storage Division and Director of Customer Operations, Media Solutions Group.
Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Marianne is responsible for SimpliVity’s global marketing initiatives. Previously, Marianne was the CMO at Acme Packet Inc., where she drove the organization’s overall marketing strategy, integrated marketing initiatives and product line management organization, through the company’s acquisition by Oracle in 2013. Prior to Acme Packet, she served as senior vice president at CA Technologies. In addition, she has held a series of leadership positions within EMC Corporation, including vice president, global field marketing and programs, heading the EMC Marketing Operations and Strategic Planning Organization, and director of software product marketing.
Marianne holds an MBA from Boston University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Babson College.
As the Vice President of Global Channels, George is responsible for building a loyal, motivated and self-sufficient ecosystems of partners to increase Simplivity’s market reach.
George joined Simplivity from EMC, where he spent the last 17 years in a number of Sales and Channel Management roles. Most recently, he was the Sr. Director of Global Channels for EMC’s Isilon Division. Prior to that, he led the US Field Channel team for all product lines. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Before starting SimpliVity, Doron was the Founder and CEO of Diligent Technologies, a pioneer in Enterprise Data Deduplication. Diligent was acquired by IBM in April 2008. Prior to Diligent, Doron served as Vice President and General Manager at EMC. Prior to joining EMC, Doron was VP Sales & Marketing at Imedia Corporation, a pioneer in digital video distribution. Imedia was acquired by Terayon Communications Systems.
Doron holds Law and Philosophy degrees, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University.
Rich Kucharski has been in the technology industry for over 20 years. The last 11 years have been focused in the storage and data management space. He has demonstrated an ability to build successful teams and drive corporate initiatives. As the Vice President of Solutions Architecture at SimpliVity, he is responsible for customer facing engagement as well as product rollout.
Rich joined Simplivity after spending two years at JPMorgan where he was responsible for infrastructure services and engagement with the development teams across the business lines. Prior to JPMC, Rich led the XIV technical sales global team. In this capacity he was responsible for recruiting, hiring the global technical leaders, and working with the geography leads to build out the individual contributors. During his tenure the team has grew from around 10 global technical resources to over 120. Over this span, revenues grew from 3 million per quarter to over 100 million per quarter with a run rate of over 500 million for 2010. Prior to XIV, Rich led various teams at EMC delivering solutions a broad spectrum of customers including Goldman Sachs, CitiBank, Morgan Stanley, and JPMorgan.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from William Paterson University.
Scott joined SimpliVity from NetApp, following 10 years successfully leading sustained year-over-year revenue and partner growth across ANZ and SE ASIA. Delivering results through driving extensive partner ecosystem development and alignment, with a track record of Industry alliance partnering and internal team development. Scott brings extensive experience in driving high performance/high growth as well as in-depth knowledge of Direct, Channel, and Distribution Sales Models.
Prior to SimpliVity, with over 24 years IT Industry experience, Scott has held sales leadership roles in NetApp, Dell, Compaq, and Silicon Graphics, specializing in business development through front line execution of both Direct and Channel led go-to-market selling models.
Scott holds a Bachelor Degree in Information and Computer Science from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Randi Nichols, Vice President of Global Human Resources at SimpliVity, brings more than 30 years of experience steering U.S. and international high-growth and technology companies through transformational changes.
Randi was previously VP of human resources at Masonic Health Systems and The Overlook Life Care Community where she provided leadership and oversight toward change management efforts. Prior to Masonic Health Systems, Randi served for more than 10 years as the chief human resources officer and executive vice president of operations support services at Fallon Clinic/Reliant Medical Group. There, she guided the organization through leadership and structural changes, and also led strategic initiatives aimed at improving patient service and promoting staff engagement, learning and development.
Randi spent the previous 20 years in HR leadership positions with technology companies, including executive vice president for Wildfire Communications, an international voice recognition software company, and SystemSoft Corporation, a firmware-based application developer. She began her career leading the training and development function for Intel Corp.
She holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in human resources management from the Eisenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
As Vice President Global Business Development, Erik is responsible for developing and implementing SimpliVity’s strategic growth initiatives and alliance eco-systems.
Prior to joining SimpliVity, Erik was Vice President Business & Corporate Development at Violin Memory, a leader in the flash storage market. At Symantec | Veritas, Erik led Business Development and Alliance Sales teams responsible for partner-led revenue and global market expansion. As an entrepreneur, Erik was a founding team member and advisor to Composite Software, which was acquired by Cisco Systems. Erik also led Business Development at BEA Systems, where he was responsible for identifying and developing partner eco-systems supporting the launch of new products. Erik started his career in the technology industry at Gemini Consulting and then at KPMG Consulting, where he developed growth strategies for leading Silicon Valley technology clients.
Erik earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor degree from Baylor University.
As the Vice President of the Americas, Marty is responsible for overseeing all sales and go-to-market activities in both North and South America.
Prior to SimpliVity, Marty was the Vice President at EMC where major responsibilities included managing North American sales and support, maintaining executive relationships with EMC’s largest global accounts, and delivering exceptional customer loyalty skills. He was also the CEO for both Chet Holmes International and Going Green Solar where he led the organizations to impressive revenue growth.
Marty holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University.
Klaus brings 25 years of experience in technical sales and business development for the high tech industry. As SimpliVity’s Vice President of EMEA Sales, he is responsible for the team that builds and supports the partner network, and drives customer sales with partners throughout Europe.
Klaus has held leadership roles at many prominent and successful high tech firms during his career. Prior to SimpliVity, Klaus served as the Sales Director of Central and Eastern Europe for Palo Alto Networks, where he doubled the size of the Central and Eastern European sales organization. Prior to Palo Alto, he spent 10 years at NetApp, where he developed key sales positions for the Central European region. In his five years at Riverbed, he expanded the sales organization from 2 to 17 sales teams and established functioning partnerships and partner programs.
Klaus received his Masters in Computer Science from Technical University in Munich.
Jesse St Laurent
Jesse brings almost 20 years of IT infrastructure experience to SimpliVity. As the Vice President of Product Strategy, he is intimately engaged with customers, channel partners, and SimpliVity’s Engineering organization as well as helps shape the product direction and strategy.
Prior to SimpliVity, Jesse served as the CTO at Corporate Technology Inc (CTI), a Systems Integration company worth 100 million+, where he focused on evaluation emerging technologies such as NetApp, 3PAR, Acopia, Riverbed, and F5. Jesse frequently speaks at industry events both in the US and internationally.
Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Brown University.
Christian van den Branden
Christian brings over 17 years of engineering leadership experience. As SimpliVity’s Vice President of Engineering, he is responsible for the development and delivery of the company’s products.
Prior to joining SimpliVity, Christian was Vice President of Engineering at DynamicOps, Inc., a leading provider of cloud orchestration and provisioning products, which was acquired by VMware in Q3 2012. Following the acquisition, Christian stayed on to lead the development of VMware’s orchestration and cloud provisioning offering. Before joining DynamicOps, Christian was also a Senior Director of Engineering at RSA, the security division of EMC. Christian held several engineering and operational roles within EMC’s storage business prior to RSA. Before EMC, he was an engineering manager at Lucent Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ and a senior member of the technical staff at Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA.
Christian holds a Masters of Science and Ph.D. from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland and an MBA from Boston University. He is a member of the IEEE and of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.