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DB Networks Company Management

Brett Helm — CEO & Board Chairman
Brett Helm is the leader of DB Networks for both the Board of Directors and the company’s direction. Brett brings over 25 years of executive management experience in Information Technology to DB Networks. Previously, as Coradiant's CEO and Chairman, he oversaw the development of technology to optimize web applications performance management. In 2011, Coradiant was acquired by BMC Software. As President and CEO of IPivot, he helped create the industry's first SSL acceleration appliances and Layer 7-aware traffic management equipment. IPivot was acquired by Intel. Prior to that Brett served as General Manager at @Work and held sales positions at US West. He was an Air Force Officer and a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Brett earned a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah.

Steven D. Hunt — President & COO
Steve is responsible for leading the operations of the company. Prior to DB Networks Steve was SVP, Engineering and Operations at Coradiant and later was a member of their Technical Advisory Board before it was acquired by BMC Software. Steve was an early employee and VP Engineering at Netsift (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2005). He was also an early employee at Copper Mountain (IPO in 1999), holding several positions starting as VP Engineering and later GM & SVP Engineering. Steve spent many years at Bell Labs, including heading their Internetworking Department. Steve earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Ali Hedayati — SVP of Corporate Strategy & Marketing
Ali is responsible for growth planning and aligning DB Networks AI innovations to the strategy. Previously he was SVP and General Manager of Network Visibility Products, at Emulex. His product responsibility included the Endace Technology packet-capture and network recording technology supporting cybersecurity in some of the world's largest networks. Prior to Emulex, Mr. Hedayati served as VP and GM at BMC, where he was responsible for leading the application management business unit, including Application Performance Management (APM), DevOps and strategy, product direction and sales. Mr. Hedayati joined BMC Software, Inc. after its acquisition of Coradiant where he served as president and COO. Prior to that, Hedayati held a number of entrepreneurial positions as well as senior engineering and general management positions at Intel. Ali earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from National University in California.

David Rosenberg — CTO of Products
Dave is DB Networks CTO of Products responsible for leading the advanced technical research and patent development. Prior to joining the company, Dave served as VP of Engineering at WireCache, where he and his team developed the industry’s first general purpose, Oracle database accelerator appliance. DB Networks acquired this important technology in 2009 which brought Dave and WireCache team into DB Networks. Dave brings more than 30 years of technology development experience, including ten years at VP level for Oracle Corporation’s server technology. Dave earned his B.A. in Mechanical Engineering/Fluid Mechanics from UC Berkeley, and served in the Air Force for six years, where he earned his M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.(yes, he is a rocket scientist!).

Michael Sabo — Vice President of Marketing
Michael leads the market research, positioning, communications, and promotions for DB Networks. Michael’s extensive background in marketing, strategic planning, and product engineering was gained from his tenure at Intel Corporation, US West (now CenturyLink), and Contel (now Verizon) as well as start-ups AirFiber and Rhythms NetConnections. In 1995 while at US West, he developed and launched !NTERACT Internet Security as an earliest example of a cloud-based Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) offering. Michael earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Wright State University and his Masters degree from the University of Denver.

Eric Varsanyi — CTO, Architecture
Eric Varsanyi is a technical visionary. He lays the foundation for what products DB Networks builds and the platform they are built on. Eric was a principal engineer with WireCache since its inception and was responsible for the product's overall architecture. Prior to WireCache, Eric was principal architect in Intel's Network Division, Advanced Development Lab, where he designed a loosely coupled distributed L2 through L7 network switching system. He designed and implemented a transparent SSL accelerator appliance for IPivot (acquired by Intel for $500M). Other notable projects include multithreading the BSD kernel at Berkeley Software Design and launching Cray-3/Cray-4 prototype hardware along with porting SVR4 Unix, while at the Cray Computer Corporation.

Francine Panza — Vice President of Worldwide Sales
Francine Panza is responsible for DB Networks sales strategy and execution worldwide. Prior to joining DB Networks, Ms. Panza was Vice President Financial Services Sales at Fortinet, Global Sales Director at Juniper Network, and was Sales Operations Director at Cisco Systems. Ms. Panza holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Manhattan College.

Adrian Tudor — Senior Vice President of Development
Adrian is responsible for DB Networks database security platform development and also oversees all facets of product design. Previously as VP of Engineering at VMware, Adrian created and led the VROPS Cloud Operations team. He also built a suite of products that established VMware as a premier cloud management vendor. Prior to VMware Mr. Tudor served as VP of Engineering for Integrien. Adrian also held leadership roles at technology companies such as Quest Software, Phoenix Technologies and Smart Utility Systems. He also serves as technology advisor to executive boards of various startup companies. Adrian graduated from the University of Southern California and The University of Phoenix and holds degrees in Software Engineering and Business Administration.