2016/2017 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.


Jim Pappas, Vice Chairman 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.


Thomas Rivera, Secretary and Executive Committee

Thomas Rivera has over 29 years of experience in the storage industry, specializing in file services and data protection, and is a Senior Technology Associate with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS). Thomas is also an active member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), participating as co-chair of the Data Protection & Capacity Optimization (DPCO) Committee, and is also a member of the Analytics & Big Data Committee, as well as the Storage Security Technical Working Group (TWG).

Prior to joining HDS, Thomas held various technical development, technical sales support, and management roles with various storage vendors, including Auspex, Intransa, MTI, Xyratex, Sanrad, Sepaton, and BlueArc.

Thomas earned his degree in Business Management and Publishing Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY.


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, Chairman Emeritus, Board Advisor and Executive Committee Advisor
Industry Consultant and Advisor

Wayne Adams has over 35 years of IT industry experience spanning business development, technical product/solution management, and partner ecosystems. Wayne has been involved in SNIA leadership roles since 2002. Wayne has served on the SNIA Board of Directors since 2003 including roles as Chairman, Chairman Emeritus, Treasurer in addition to a number of leadership roles for forums and initiatives, conferences, and strategic alliances. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events.

Over his career, Wayne M. Adams was a Senior Technologist and Director of Standards within the Office of the CTO at EMC, technical alliances partner manager, and a manager of product managers for its portfolio of SRM products. Prior to EMC, Wayne was responsible for product marketing and business development for several 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 has been involved in many industry associations including serving on the DMTF Board of Directors, serving as Advisory Committee member of W3C, contributing to the Industrial Internet Consortium for IoT/big data test-beds, leadership of the Fibre Alliance, and participating with various committees within INCITS, OASIS, Cloud Security Alliance, and TheGreenGrid.

Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.


Michael Oros, Board Advisor and Executive Committee Member
Executive Director
Storage Networking Industry Association

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, planning, development and execution in IT services and high-tech industry. He oversaw a variety of business development and strategic industry initiatives for Intel Corporation’s cloud, data center, storage and mobility efforts. Michael led the formation of the Open Data Center Alliance and with the Board of Directors established the organization’s presence and grew it across six continents, with over 300 world leading members accelerating cloud adoption and transformation of the IT landscape.

During his 14 years at Intel Corporation, Michael held roles including oversight of technology initiatives and collaboration on open standards for the company’s data center efforts, as well as the development and deployment of storage, backup and disaster recovery services for the organization. He led the storage and networking components vendors through the biggest I/O transitions of the past decade, while playing a key role in the introduction, adoption and ramp of PCI Express, InfiniBand, OpenFabrics, and storage/memory technologies in server, cloud, HPC and storage industries.

Michael has presented at various industry conferences and events, to C-level executives and Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and a Master of International Business Administration.

When not at work in high-tech industry, Michael spends his time as an author, photographer, winemaker, sommelier, diving, playing tennis and traveling the world in 60+ countries.

Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson, Board Advisor, Technical Council Co-Chairman
Principal Engineer, Industry Standards

Mark A. Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Toshiba, has more than 35 years of experience with Networking and Storage development and more than 18 years experience with Java technology. Mark was one of the authors of the CDMI Cloud Storage standard. He has spoken at numerous industry forums and events. He is the co-chair of the SNIA Cloud Storage and Object Drive technical working groups, and serves as chair on the SNIA Technical Council.

Bill Martin

Bill Martin, Board Advisor, Technical Council Co-Chairman
SSD I/O Standards
Samsung Electronics

Bill Martin is responsible for driving Solid State Storage forward within the industry for Samsung, currently representing Samsung SSD products in a variety of standards and marketing arenas. William has served as SNIA chair of the Data Integrity TWG, serves on the SNIA Standards Committee, and recently joined the Solid State Storage Initiative and several technical work groups in the Solid State Storage area.

Bill also is Vice Chair of the INCITS T10, SCSI Storage Interfaces Technical Committee, Secretary of the INCITS T13, AT Attachment Technical Committee, and editor of SCSI Block Commands – 4 (SBC-4). Previous positions within the storage community include Vice Chair of INCITS T11.3, Fibre Channel Interconnection Schemes, Secretary INCITS T11, Fibre Channel Interfaces Technical Committee, and various editor positions within the Fibre Channel Standards community. William has led Fibre Channel interoperability events for over 17 years, and participated in the SNIA interoperability lab in the early 2000’s.

Bill has received numerous industry recognitions for his contributions to the storage industry over the past decade including: INCITS Merit award 2013, FCIA Achievement award 2010, INCITS Outstanding Leadership Team award 2007, INCITS Technical Excellence award 2005, FCIA Lifetime Achievement award 2005, and SNIA Outstanding Theme lead for the interop lab 2004.

He has been involved in the storage industry for 30 years, starting in 1983 with the development of a proprietary optical storage interface for HP, architecting the HP Tachyon interface chip for Fibre Channel, serving on industry consortiums and standards bodies for storage including SNIA, INCITS T11, INCITS T10, INCITS T13, SATA-IO, and NVMe for HP, Gadzoox Networks, Brocade, Sierra Logic, Emulex, and Samsung. William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.


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, 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 1 patent granted, 9 patents filed (pending) and 14 invention disclosures for storage products at Hewlett-Packard. 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.


Rob Peglar, Member
Senior Vice President and CTO
Symbolic IO

Rob Peglar is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Symbolic IO. Rob is a seasoned technology executive with 39 years of data storage, network and compute-related experience, is a published author and is active on many industry boards, providing insight and guidance. He brings a vast knowledge of strategy and industry trends to Symbolic IO. Rob is also on the Board of Directors for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and an advisor for the Flash Memory Summit. His role at Symbolic IO will include working with the management team to help drive the future product portfolio, executive-level forecasting and customer/partner interaction from early-stage negotiations through implementation and deployment.

Prior to joining Symbolic IO, Rob was the Vice President, Advanced Storage at Micron Technology, where he led next-generation technology and architecture enablement efforts of Micron's Storage Business Unit, driving storage solution development with strategic customers and partners. Previously he was the CTO, Americas for EMC where he led the entire CTO functions for the Americas. Prior to EMC, Rob was the Treasurer and Director for SNIA, as well as the Director and Treasurer for the High Performance Cluster File Systems Software Foundation. He has also held senior level positions at Xiotech Corporation, StorageTek and ETA Systems.

Rob’s extensive experience in data management, analytics, high-performance computing, non-volatile memory, distributed cluster architectures, filesystems, I/O performance optimization, cloud storage and replication and archiving, networking, virtualization makes him a sought after industry expert and board member. He was named an EMC Elect in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was one of 25 senior executives worldwide selected for the CRN ‘Storage Superstars’ Award in 2010.

Rob holds the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis Missouri, and performed graduate work at Washington University’s Sever Institute of Engineering. His research background includes memory optimization, distributed systems, I/O performance analysis, queuing theory, parallel systems architecture and OS design, file systems & storage

Michelle Tidwell

Michelle Tidwell, Member
Business Line Manager, Software Defined Storage
IBM Systems, Storage Systems

Michelle Tidwell is Business Line Manager, IBM Spectrum Virtualize, Software Defined Storage, where she is responsible for driving product delivery, sales and strategy around IBM’s Virtualization and Block Storage delivered as Software. In this role, Michelle leverages her 8 years in IBM Storage ISV Alliances and Solution Engineering Management to bring the right application focus in the development of Software Defined Storage solutions.

Michelle was previously responsible for IBM Storage ISV Strategy, and her role included working with Strategic ISVs globally to develop new solutions and business alliances in the area of Storage across a number of vertical segments and cross-industry. Solutions included storage deployed in Clouds, Enterprise Data Centers, as well as MSPs/CSPs. Responsibilities included driving ISV technology investments and integration within the Storage portfolio and taking those solutions to market.

Michelle is a native of San Jose, CA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University.

Jim Williams

Jim Williams, Member
Product Manager, Automatic Storage Management
Oracle Corporation

Jim Williams is Senior Principle Product Manager for Oracle Corporation. A 37-year industry veteran focusing on management software for large-scale data and storage systems. In the summer of 2000, Jim was one of the founding development team members for Automatic Storage Management, bringing the vision of ASM to fruition. He is currently the ASM Product Manager and his storage industry background helps make this product the preferred storage management for Oracle databases worldwide. Specific areas of contribution include methods of storage access optimization, achieving end-to-end data integrity, and strategies for integrating Oracle’s storage management stack in customer’s environments.

Jim was an early SNIA member and believer in the value and opportunity that SNIA brings to SNIA members and the storage industry as a whole. He has served on SNIA’s Technical Council, presented at their Storage Developers Conferences, led hands-on lab workshops, founder and chair of the Data Integrity Working Group. As a board member, he would bring both experience and excitement for assisting SNIA’s membership as the industry embraces fundamental changes including sold-state storage in the Enterprise, Software Defined Storage, and Cloud Computing.

Prior experiences include the role of product architecture in Amdahl’s storage product group. His most recent responsibly at Amdahl was directing and advising on the intersection between storage management and enterprise-class storage array products. Jim’s career at Amdahl spanned 17 years beginning in the early 80’s and included working in their mainframe development.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Arizona State University and had worked towards a Masters of Electrical Engineering at both Arizona State and Santa Clara University.


SW Worth, Board Advisor

SW Worth is a former 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.