2013/2014 Board of Directors

The SNIA Board of Directors maintains the legal and fiduciary responsibility for the Association. It consists of 10 seats elected by the SNIA Members and 3 seats that may be appointed by the Board. The individuals you see listed below have agreed to give their time and talent to the SNIA for 1 or 2-year terms. The SNIA Board meets face to face at least 4 times per year, and addresses organizational issues such as strategic planning, membership development, marketing and public relations, technical output, operational planning, and more. The SNIA Board is charged with oversight of the organization's vision and mission, and ensures that tangible value accrues to member companies.

David Dale, Chairman and Executive Committee
Director Industry & Standards

David Dale is Director Industry Standards at NetApp, where he is responsible for identifying the standards activities that are important to NetApp and its customers, driving NetApp’s standards participation, and representing NetApp in industry associations and at industry events.

With extensive experience in the computer industry, he is a knowledgeable and valuable technology resource for customers, peers, and the media. He is a highly regarded presenter and technology evangelist. Besides serving on the SNIA Board of Directors, he represents NetApp on the governing Board of the DMTF and on the governing Board of the Open Virtualization Alliance – a Collaborative Project in the Linux Foundation.

He received a bachelor of science degree in Applied Physics from University College London.

Molly Rector

Molly Rector, Vice Chairman and Executive Committee
Chief Marketing Officer
Data Direct Networks

With 15 years of experience working in the HPC, Media and Entertainment, and Enterprise IT industries running global marketing programs, Molly Rector serves as DDN’s Chief Marketing Officer responsible for product management and worldwide marketing. Rector’s role includes providing customer and market input into the company’s product roadmap, raising the Corporate brand visibility outside traditional markets, expanding the partner ecosystem and driving the end-to-end customer experience from definition to delivery. Rector is a founding member and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Active Archive Alliance. She is also the Storage Networking Industry Association’s (SNIA) Vice Chairman of the Board and the Analytics and Big Data committee Vice Chairman. Prior to joining DDN, Rector was responsible for product management and worldwide marketing as CMO at Spectra Logic. During her tenure at Spectra Logic, the company grew revenues consistently by double digits year-over-year, while also maintaining profitability. Rector holds certifications as CommVault Certified System Administrator; Veritas Certified Data Protection Administrator; and Oracle Certified Enterprise DBA: Backup and Recovery. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology and chemistry.

Jim Pappas

Jim Pappas, Secretary and Executive Committee
Director of Technology Initiatives, Data Center Group
Intel Corporation

Jim Pappas is the Director of Technology Initiatives in Intel’s Data Center Group. In this role, Jim is responsible to establish broad industry ecosystems that comply with new technologies in the areas of Enterprise I/O, Energy Efficient Computing, and Solid State Storage. Jim has founded, or served on several organizations in these areas including: PCI Special Interest Group, InfiniBand Trade Association, Open Fabrics Alliance, The Green Grid, and several emerging initiatives in his newest focus area of Solid State Storage.

Jim has previously been the Director of Technology Initiatives in Intel’s Desktop Products Group, and successfully led technologies such as AGP Graphics, DVD, IEEE 1394, Instantly Available PC, PCI, USB, and other advanced technologies for the Desktop PC.

Jim has 30 years of experience in the computer industry. He has been granted eight U.S. patents in the areas of computer graphics and microprocessor technologies. He has spoken at major industry events including the Intel Developer’s Forum (IDF), WinHEC, Storage Networking World, PC Strategy, Microprocessor Forum, Consumer Electronics Show, Server I/O and the Applied Computing Conference. He holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Allan Zmyslowski, Treasurer and Executive Committee
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Fujitsu America

Allan's responsibilities include engineering support for enterprise servers, storage, mobile and BPM products sold by Fujitsu America. In addition, Allan directs engineering pre-sales support, conducts interoperability and performance testing, and manages proof of concept work at the Fujitsu North American TRIOLE Integration Center.

Allan has 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He began his career at Amdahl Corporation in 1979 where he worked on CPU design and development. Allan held various technical and management positions at Amdahl before being named Vice President of the Integration and Solution Center at Fujitsu Technology Solutions in 2000. With the merger of Fujitsu Technology Solutions and Fujitsu PC in 2004, he became SVP of Engineering of Fujitsu Computer Systems. Allan took on his present position in April 2009 when Fujitsu America was formed.

Allan is the inventor of 12 U.S. patents. He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Wayne M. Adams

Wayne M. Adams, Chairman Emeritus, Member and Executive Committee Advisor
Senior Technologist, Office of the CTO
EMC Corporation

Wayne M. Adams is a Senior Technologist and Director of Standards within the Office of the CTO at EMC and is responsible for expanding and managing EMC technology initiatives with the industry standards bodies. Wayne has proudly served on the SNIA Board of Directors since 2003 including roles as Treasurer in addition to Chairman during these terms. He has served in a number of leadership roles for conferences, forums and initiatives, and strategic alliances.

Wayne also is a Board Member for the DMTF technology association and serves as the Senior VP of the Board. Within EMC, previous managing positions include partner management and software product management, where responsibilities included API licensing and product lifecycle management for Storage Resource Management, SAN Management, and I/O pathing product lines. Prior to EMC, Wayne was responsible for product marketing and business development of various strategic software and hardware products at Digital Equipment Corporation.

He started his high-tech career at Eastman Kodak as a system designer of real-time control systems. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Leo Leger

Leo Leger, Non-voting Officer and Executive Committee
Executive Director
Storage Networking Industry Association

A career Information Technology professional, Leo Leger has served in virtually all capacities of sales, business development, marketing, customer service, and education, in technology-related positions.

As Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, for Computerworld’s Strategic Programs and Events team, Leo drove sales and sponsorship programs for this key Computerworld line of business since 1999. He joined International Data Group (IDG) in 1996 and served as Vice President of Business Development for the successful launch of IDG’s Internet Commerce Expo (ICE) event business. He served on the Board of Directors of Storage Networking World (SNW) from 2001 until his SNIA appointment in 2007.

Leo began his career as a technology and operations advisor to the U.S. Treasury Department on a foreign service assignment in Montreal, Canada from 1974 to 1977. He worked for Honeywell Information Systems, Canada (later Bull Worldwide Information Systems) from 1977 to 1992, in positions including Director of Marketing, Regional Director and other senior management assignments.

Originally from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Leo returned to the Boston area in 1993 where he founded the Institute for Computer Studies in Burlington, and served as its President until 1995. During this time, he was also an Instructor in Northeastern University’s State-of-the-Art Program. Leo achieved a Diploma from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 1971, received a BA with honors from Providence College in 1972 and earned an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in 1973. He has participated in executive development programs at Harvard, MIT, and INSEAD in Paris, France.

Don Deel

Don Deel, Non-voting Officer, Chairman of the Technical Council
Senior Technologist

Don has over 30 years of industry experience working with the storage, networking, server, and management technologies used in distributed computing environments. He has been active in storage-related standards development activities for many years and has pioneering experience with the HIPPI, Fibre Channel, and SMI-S standards.

Within the SNIA, Don has been active in a number of different positions since the early days of the association, and has been recognized for his contributions several times. He is currently serving as the SNIA Technical Council Chair and as a Storage Management Initiative Governing Board member.

Ron Emerick

Ron Emerick, Member
Principal Hardware Engineer
Oracle Corporation

Ron Emerick's career has been focused on connecting servers/systems to customers and storage. His IO experience spans direct PCIe attached devices (SAS, SATA, NVMe and older protocols), and other types of network storage (FC, NAS, iSCSI and IB attached). If it plugs into a slot in a host to connect to the outside world, Ron cares about it and has probably been involved in making it work.

Ron is a Principal Hardware Engineer in Oracle Corporation Systems Group. He is a IO Architect working on IO Infrastructure and Architecture for Oracle systems. He is an active member of the PCI SIG and has been involved in IO architectures for many years. Prior to joining Oracle, Ron was an IO Architect at Sun Mircosystems and a Storage Area Network Specialist at StorageTek, designing and implementing SANs throughout the country (Ron implemented the first 112 node FC SAN - mixture of Arbitrated Loop and switches).

With over 33 years of industry experience, Ron's expertise is in IO, Storage and Application and OS Development (writing HEX code, Assembly Language, C, C++).

Ron enjoys his family, hiking, travel, golf, and taking long walks at the beach (or anywhere else) with his wife. He grew up in Southern Minnesota on the family farm. Driven by hard work, he is the first family member to have achieved a college degree.

Dave Gimpl

Dave Gimpl, Member
STSM and Senior Product Manager, Flash Optimized Storage

Dave Gimpl is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Senior Product Manager over the FlashSystem product line. He achieved STSM designation several years ago for his leadership in defining the architecture for the storage cloud implementations, and for his role in delivering Power CloudBurst, VMControl, Storage Control, and Smart Cloud Entry to market. 

Dave’s history of architecting systems integration and automation solutions goes back as far as his early career at IBM.  He architected and created the Client Access file sharing protocol, providing integrated access from PCs to shared folders and files via the AS/400’s file server.  This led to the innovative Remote File System architecture and implementation allowing integrated server to server file sharing, as well as the diskless Network Station network boot and operational NAS protocols.

As Dave progressed in his career, he adhered to the philosophy of leading by example, and he continues to be hands on with every product he architects, designs, and develops, and all hardware that it involves. He is a technical resource in his company for his knowledge of server storage and networking technologies.

Dave holds a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Mathematics from Saint Cloud State. He also holds 14 patents, his most recent ones, Zoning in the User Context, and methodology for self-aware storage systems, have been focused at simplifying storage management.

Skip Jones

Skip Jones, Member
Individual Member

Skip Jones has extensive background leading industry associations at the board level, bringing to market successful storage industry initiatives and technical standards. Skip currently serves on the elected Board of Directors for the Storage Networking Industry Association. Skip also chaired the Fibre Channel Industry Association which defines and drives the industry roadmap and standards requirements with the American National Standards Institute, ANSI NCITS T11, for Fibre Channel and FCoE technology. Skip has also served on the elected board of directors of STA (SCSI Trade Association), IBTA (InfiniBand Trade Association), OFA (Open Fabrics Alliance), and BSA (Blade Server Alliance).

At the forefront in numerous capacities of some of the most successful storage interfaces and controlling mechanisms, Jones has greatly advanced storage IO and storage networking infrastructure. From engineer and manager (Texas Instruments, Priam Disk Drive Corporation, ARDAT/Archive corporations, Maxtor Disk Drive Corporation), sales and marketing management (Maxtor and QLogic Corporation) , to corporate planner and technologist at QLogic, Jones’ experience ranges from pinning early SCSI standards and managing the firmware group behind the first embedded SCSI disk drive, to evangelizing and defining early SAN topology and technology now shipping 10G, 40G Ethernet and 16G Fibre Channel storage while recently leading the industry marketing and standards requirements for GEN 6 32G and 128G Fibre Channel infrastructure coming to market in 2016.

J Michel Metz

J Michel Metz, Member
Sr. Product Manager
Cisco Systems

J Metz is a Sr. Product Manager for Cisco, focusing on Storage strategy and products for the Data Center Group. The primary focus of his work is involved in the development of converged networking products and technology in the Data Center. He has particular interest in the broad range of possibilities for storage as Data Center technologies continue to improve and push the boundaries of what’s possible. J is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA).

J received his PhD in Mass Communication Technology from the University of Georgia and has worked as a university professor, entrepreneur, systems engineer and solutions architect before arriving at Cisco.

Rupin Mohan

Rupin Mohan, Member
Senior Manager Strategy and Product Planning

Rupin Mohan is Sr. Manager Strategy & Product Planning at Hewlett-Packard responsible for development of Storage Networking products, business & marketing strategy, and product plans in HP Storage. Rupin has nineteen years proven track record delivering outstanding technology products & business results. In his current role at Hewlett-Packard, he leads strategic initiatives, business analysis, cross-functional lifecycle management of a large portfolio of products and drives execution of large scale global R&D projects.

Rupin has filed for 3 patents and 8 invention disclosures for storage products at HP. In 2013, he won the Silver Innovation Award for patent filing on protocol agnostic storage access in a Software Defined Network (SDN) topology.

He is a prolific speaker speaking at industry conferences. In 2010, he won Best Speaker Award at HP Storage Ambassadors conference. Rupin is also a Board Member and Marketing Chairman of Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA).

Rupin completed his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from MIT Sloan School of Management where he was accepted as a Sloan Fellow. He also holds a Master’s of Science (MS) in Engineering from Tufts University and Bachelors of Engineering (BE) in Computer Engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology.


SW Worth, Member
Senior Standards Program Manager

SW Worth is a Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, and an elected member of the SNIA Board of Directors. From 2002 through 2006 he was the worldwide lead for the SNIA Tutorials. Before joining Microsoft in late 2003, SW was Technical Marketing Manager at Crossroads Systems. From 1991-1999 he was an internal IT consultant with a large integrated electric and gas utility in the northeastern United States. He has a background in environmental engineering, and worked in paper mills in several U.S. states and in France.

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