Chairman of the Board
Mr. Meyercord joined the Board in October 2009 and currently serves as our Chairman. Mr. Meyercord is the CEO and Co-founder of Critical Alert Systems, LLC, a provider of wireless communications and technology solutions in the healthcare industry and also serves on the Board of Tollgrade Communications, Inc. From December 2006 until January 2009, Mr. Meyercord served as CEO, President and Director of Cavalier Telephone & TV, a privately held voice, video and data services company with an extensive fiber network based in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to the sale to Cavalier in December 2006, Mr. Meyercord served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Talk America, Inc., a publicly traded company that provided phone and internet services to consumers and small businesses. Mr. Meyercord was recruited to join Talk America, Inc. in 1996 from the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers (now Citigroup) where he was a Vice President.
Mr. Austin joined our Board on April 2012 and serves on the Board’s Audit Committee. Mr. Austin has more than 30 years of executive management and finance experience, having held various executive positions in the high technology industry. Most recently, Mr. Austin served as the CFO of MIPS Technologies, Inc. (MIPS) until his retirement in 2011. Prior to that he served as CFO for leading Silicon Valley companies including Portal Software, Vicinity, Symmetricom, Southwall Technologies and Flashpoint. He also held executive management positions with Apple, having served as VP/GM of its Imaging Business. Mr. Austin received his MBA from Santa Clara University and his BS in Business Administration (Finance and Marketing) from the University of California at Berkeley.
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 H. Kispert
Mr. Kispert joined our Board in May 2009 and serves on the Board’s audit committee. Mr. Kispert has more than 15 years of executive management experience, having held various executive positions in the high technology industry. Kispert currently serves 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.
Charles “Chuck” Berger serves as President and CEO of Extreme Networks, providing strategic leadership for the company as it delivers high performance Ethernet network solutions and services to data center, cloud, carrier and enterprise customers. Mr. Berger is an established chief executive and director with 30 years of experience in technology including extensive P&L, general management, marketing and financing experience in high growth, large and mid-sized companies.
Prior to Extreme Networks, he served as chairman and CEO of ParAccel. Prior to ParAccel, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of DVDPlay Inc. Before that Mr. Berger was CEO of Nuance Communications, Vicinity Corporation, AdForce, Inc. and Radius Inc. He has also held executive positions in finance, marketing and sales at Apple Computer and Sun.
Chuck Berger currently serves on the Boards of Tier Technology (NASDAQ: TIER) and Bucknell University Board of Trustees. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University and an MBA, Cum Laude from the University of Santa Clara.
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.
Randi Paikoff Feigin
Mrs. Feigin joined our Board in February 2014 bringing 20 years of executive management experience, with specialities in investor relations and communications, business process re-engineering and technology alliances. Mrs. Feigin worked at Juniper Networks for 13 years, until late 2012, in a variety of operational and leadership roles including Vice President of Strategic Alliances; Vice President of Business Process Re-engineering; and vice president of investor relations. Prior to joining Juniper Networks in 1999, Mrs. Feigin held a leadership position in the investor relation’s organization at Cisco Systems where she was responsible for educating Wall Street on the company’s strategy, vision and financial performance. She joined Cisco as a result of the StrataCom acquisition in 1996 and was an integral part of the joint communication to the marketplace. In addition, Mrs. Feigin has served as a Board Member of the National Investor Relations Institute, including 4 years on the National Board of Directors and 7 years on the Silicon Valley Chapter Board of Directors. Mrs. Feigin graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.