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John C. Shoemaker

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Shoemaker brings four 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 and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019, Informatics, Computing and Engineering School Dean’s 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. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Indiana University. 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 was a member of the Board of Directors of Altera Inc. from 2007-2015, 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., and is an advisor to NYRIAD, Inc. and GoodSocial, Inc.