Alfred ZollarDirector, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Alfred Zollar was a senior operating executive of IBM Corporation, with a 34-year career. Mr. Zollar most recently served as General Manager of IBM Tivoli Software, a multi-billion dollar provider of infrastructure management software. Mr. Zollar also held executive positions including General Manager of IBM iSeries (formerly AS/400) and General Manager of IBM Lotus Software. Previously within IBM, Mr. Zollar held several senior management positions in IBM’s enterprise software businesses, including information management, application development, networking, operating systems, and security. He is a Harvard Fellow from the 2011 cohort of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University and holds a U.S. patent covering “trust and identity in secure calendar sharing collaboration.” Mr. Zollar is a board member of The Chubb Corporation, Carnegie Speech Corporation, and PSEG Incorporated. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Sudhakar RamakrishnaDirector, CEO
Sudhakar Ramakrishna is CEO of Pulse Secure where he oversees all aspects of business strategy and execution. With nearly 25 years of experience across the cloud, mobility, networking, security and collaboration markets, Sudhakar joined Pulse Secure from Citrix. At Citrix, Sudhakar served as the senior vice president and general manager for the Enterprise and Service Provider Division, where he had profit and loss responsibility for approximately a $2.5 billion portfolio of virtualization, cloud networking, mobile platforms and cloud services solutions. Before Citrix, he was at Polycom and was president of products and services. Sudhakar has also held senior leadership roles at Motorola, 3COM and US Robotics and brings significant experience in strategic planning and execution, organization development, and incubating and scaling new businesses to Pulse Secure. Sudhakar earned his master’s degree in Computer Science from Kansas State, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Sudhakar is a member of the board of directors at Mitel Networks and Tely Labs.
Nawaf Bitar is CIO of Citadel Securities where he leads all technology-related initiatives for the firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Plum, Inc. and a Venture Partner at Allegis Capital. He also is a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Citadel Securities he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. Prior to joining VMware, Mr. Bitar served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Security Business Unit at Juniper Networks. Prior to Juniper, he served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations of Security Technology at Cisco Systems, having joined that company in 2007 through the acquisition of IronPort Systems, where he was Senior Vice President of Engineering. Before IronPort, he served as Vice President of File Systems and Services at Network Appliance, and previously held roles at Silicon Graphics, Apollo Computer and other firms. Mr. Bitar graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Mr. Merle Gilmore is a former senior executive of Motorola, Inc., spending 30 years there before his retirement in 2000. He has held numerous senior management positions at Motorola, including Executive Vice President and President of the Land Mobile Products Sector; Executive Vice President and President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa; and Executive Vice President and President of the Communications Enterprise. Mr. Gilmore served as an Industrial Partner of Ripplewood during the Principals’ tenure there. He is a director of Revenew Systems, LLC. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Proxim Corp., Japan Telecom, Inc., MedQuist (now MModal), and Mediabolic, Inc., as well as Chairman of the Board and a representative officer of D&M Holdings Inc. from March 2001 until July 2006. Mr. Gilmore is currently the Executive Chairman of Airvana and was previously the Executive Chairman of Tekelec.
Mr. Andrew Monshaw has spent over 30 years in the information technology industry and was a senior operating executive with IBM Corporation. For the first 19 years of his career, he led various financial organizations at IBM, including the CFO for the global Systems and Technology Group (IBM's Hardware business). For the last decade, he was the GM for IBM Storage, Chief Operating Officer for IBM Japan and a member of the board of directors, General Manager for IBM Global Mid-Market (Small and Medium business), and General Manager for IBM's converged Infrastructure platform - PureFlex. During his tenure he led several very successful M&A projects, most notably XIV and Diligent in the Storage business. Mr. Monshaw worked and lived in the US, Japan and Europe. Currently, he is on the board of several start-ups, and several community and not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Michael Seedman has more than 30 years of senior executive management, leadership and technological innovation, expertise and experience. From 1993 to 1997, he was Senior Vice President, and General Manager of the U.S. Robotic’s Personal Computer Division (acquired by 3Com Corporation). Prior to U.S. Robotics, Mr. Seedman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Practical Peripherals, which he founded in 1981 and later sold to Hayes Microcomputer, Inc. Mr. Seedman served as an Industrial Partner of Ripplewood during the Principals’ tenure there. Before his association with Ripplewood, Mr. Seedman was the founder and Chairman of Entrega Technologies (acquired by Xircom), a computer peripheral design and manufacturer. Mr. Seedman is a director of Revenew Systems, LLC, Cleversafe Inc. and LS Research, LLC. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Proxim Corp., D&M Holdings Inc., MedQuist (now MModal), Airvana and Applied Discovery, as well as other public and private boards.