Board of Directors

John H. Kispert

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Kispert joined our Board in May 2009 and serves on the Board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee as well as the Audit Committee. Mr. Kispert has more than 25 years of management experience, having held various executive positions in the high technology industry. Kispert served as the CEO of Spansion, a manufacturer of flash memory products. Prior to that he served as president and COO for KLA-Tencor and held various management positions with IBM. Mr. Kispert received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Grinnell College and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ed Meyercord

Executive Director of the Board

Mr. Meyercord serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Extreme. He joined our Board of Directors as an independent director in October 2009 and served as Chairman from March 2011 through August 2015. Prior to assuming an operating role at Extreme, Mr. Meyercord was Chief Executive Officer and Director at Critical Alert Systems, LLC, a software-driven, healthcare information technology company, that he co-founded in July of 2010. Previously,, Mr. Meyercord served as CEO, President and Director of both Cavalier Telephone & TV, a privately held voice, video and data services company with an extensive fiber network; and Talk America, Inc., a publicly traded company that provided phone and internet services to consumers and small businesses throughout the U.S. Mr. Meyercord was also a Vice President in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup). He previously served on the board of Tollgrade Communications, Inc.

Charles Carinalli

Mr. Carinalli has served on our Board since October 1996. Mr. Carinalli has held numerous executive roles in technology companies various positions for National Semiconductor, Inc., a publicly traded company, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, and as a Board member of the Board of Directors of Fairchild Semiconductor. Mr. Carinalli also has served on the Boards of Directors of private companies.


Edward H. Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy has served on our Board since April 2011. Currently, Mr. Kennedy is the Chairman, CEO and President of Tollgrade Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLGD), a leading supplier of telco network service assurance and Smartgrid products and solutions. Mr. Kennedy previously served as the CEO/President of Rivulet Communications, Inc., a leading edge medical video networking company. He also previously served as President of Tellabs North American Operations and Executive Vice President of Tellabs, and co-founded Ocular Networks, a provider of next generation optical networking technologies, until it was sold to Tellabs. He has also held various executive positions at leading telecom equipment companies, including Alcatel and Newbridge Networks Corporation. Mr. Kennedy was also a Venture Partner at Columbia Capital, a leading private equity investment firm, where he advised investments into new and existing portfolio companies. Mr. Kennedy also served on the Board of Directors for Visual Networks ((NASDAQ:VNWK) sold to Danaher), Hatteras Networks, an award-winning privately held equipment supplier and Imagine Communications, a leading broadband video processing equipment provider.

John C. Shoemaker

Mr. Shoemaker brings three decades of experience in high technology to Extreme Networks, where he has served on our Board since October, 2007. Prior to serving on our Board, Mr. Shoemaker held various executive management positions at Sun Microsystems from 1990 through 2004 including executive vice president, Worldwide Operations, and Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Computer Systems Division. Previously, Mr. Shoemaker served in a number of senior executive positions with Xerox Corporation including Senior Vice President, World Wide Marketing. Mr. Shoemaker holds a bachelor’s degree from Hanover College, where he is currently on the Board of Trustees. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University Kelley Business School where he is a member of the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, the IT Advisory Council, and the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship Board. He is also the Principal Director of the Indiana University Foundation. Mr. Shoemaker completed Ph.D. coursework at the Indiana University School of Government and has served on the boards of various private and not-for-profit entities. He also is very active in various philanthropic efforts including UCSF cancer research, El Camino Hospital’s behavioral health program, Stanford international graduate student assistance, Foothill College Entrepreneurship Center support, Monterey Bay Aquarium and others. Mr. Shoemaker is a member of the Board of Directors of Altera, Inc., and previously served as Chairman of the Board at SonicWall Inc. from 2004-2010. He has also served on a number of startup Boards such as Astute Technologies, Inc. and Conformative Systems, Inc.

Kathleen M. Holmgren

Ms. Holmgren is newly nominated to our Board of Directors.  Ms. Holmgren currently serves as the Chief Officer, Future Workforce at Automation Anywhere, a developer of robotic process automation and testing software, which she joined in 2013 as Chief Operating Officer.  Since 2008, Ms. Holmgren has also served as a Principal at Sage Advice Partners, a management consulting firm specializing in the high-tech and green-tech markets and is a Director with the Alliance of CEOs.   Ms. Holmgren previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mendocino Software and spent over 20 years at Sun Microsystems, in increasingly senior roles, finally as Senior Vice President/GM, Disk Systems Business. Ms. Holmgren is a member of the board and of the compensation committee of Group Delphi.  Ms. Holmgren holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and an M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ms. Holmgren has a history of executive leadership in the storage, computer systems, enterprise software and management consulting industries and brings operational expertise, strategic planning, as well as risk assessment and planning experience to our Board.

Raj Khanna

An accomplished industry leader with a successful track record in corporate finance, internal controls, and business strategy, Mr. Khanna joined our Board in December of 2014. He most recently served as vice president of corporate audit for Qualcomm, Inc. Mr. Khanna’s thirty plus years of experience spans leading high technology companies including Qualcomm, Sun Microsystems, and Xerox. Throughout his career, As chairman of the Audit Committee, Mr. Khanna has been instrumental in leading finance and internal audit teams, including the establishment of financial controls and processes, delivering financial investment and M&A guidance, and providing strategy and direction to business model changes.