2021/2022 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.

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J Michel Metz, Chair and Executive Committee
Technical Director 
AMD

J is Technical Director for AMD where he works to coordinate and lead strategy on various industry initiatives related to systems architecture. Recognized as a leading storage networking expert, J is an evangelist for all storage-related technology and has a unique ability to dissect and explain complex concepts and strategies. He is passionate about the innerworkings and application of emerging technologies.

J has previously held roles in both startup and Fortune 100 companies as a Field CTO,  R&D Engineer, Solutions Architect, and Systems Engineer. He has been a leader in several key industry standards groups, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe). A popular blogger and active on Twitter, his areas of expertise include NVMe, SANs, Fibre Channel, and computational storage.

J is an entertaining presenter and prolific writer. He has won multiple awards as a speaker and author, writing over 300 articles and giving presentations and webinars attended by over 10,000 people. He earned his PhD from the University of Georgia.

Richelle Ahlvers, Vice Chair and Executive Committee
Storage Technology Enablement Architect
Intel

Richelle Ahlvers is a Storage Technology Enablement Architect at Intel, where she promotes and drives enablement of new technologies and standards strategies.
 
Richelle has spent over 25 years in Enterprise Storage R&D teams in a variety of technical roles, leading the architecture, design and development of storage array software, storage management software user experience projects including mobility, developing new storage industry categories including SAN management, storage grid and cloud, and storage technology portfolio solutions.  
 
Richelle has been engaged with industry standards initiatives with SNIA and DMTF for many years. She served as the SNIA Technical Council Chair and has been engaged across a breadth of technologies ranging from storage management, to solid state storage, cloud, and green storage. She is Co-Chair of the Storage Management Initiative and leads the SSM Technical Work Group developing the Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API.

Chris Lionetti, Secretary and Executive Committee
Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Chris Lionetti is a veteran of the storage industry who has been building complex systems and SANs for over 25 years. Chris has long been actively involved with the Storage Network Industry Association, SNIA. He is currently a reference architect on the HPE Nimble Storage team. Earlier in his career, he worked as an engineer for HP, Dell, Microsoft, and NetApp. Chris holds 9 patents on topics related to data centers, networking, and storage.

Sue Amarin, Board Advisor, Treasurer and Executive Committee
Senior Director, Global Sales Engineering

An industry veteran with about 25 years in the semiconductor industry, Sue’s previous focus has been on Storage and Flash Technologies, DRAM technologies and semiconductor microcontrollers. Sue was an active member of JEDEC for over a decade, advancing DRAM technology and enabling its adoption in the marketplace. Currently, Sue leads a team of Customer Support and Sales Engineers at Blaize, an AI HW & SW company.

Sue Amarin holds a BSEE degree from San Jose State University and an MBA/Finance from Tulane University.

Scott Shadley, Member and Executive Committee
VP Marketing
NGD Systems

Scott Shadley has spent over 25 years in the semiconductor and storage space. He has time in Production, Engineering, R&D, Customer focused roles including Marketing and Strategy. His current focus is in efforts to drive adoption of new storage technology as a VP of Marketing at NGD Systems where he leads drives customers, markets and standards around the company’s industry-leading computational storage drives. He has been a key figure in promoting SNIA as a second term Board member and leading the computational storage efforts as a co-chair of the SNIA Technical Working Group. He participates in several industry efforts like Open Compute, NVM Express and is seen as a subject matter expert in SSD technology and semiconductor design. He has and still speaks on the subject at events like the Open Compute Summit, Flash Memory Summit, SDC, and many other events, press interviews, blogs, and webinars. Before joining NGD Systems, Scott managed the Product Marketing team at Micron, was the Business Line Manager for the SATA SSD portfolio, and was the Principal Technologist for the SSD and emerging memory portfolio. He launched four successful innovative SSDs for Micron and two for STEC, all of which were billion dollar programs. Scott earned a BSEE in Device Physics from Boise State University and an MBA in marketing from University of Phoenix.

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Wayne M. Adams, Chair Emeritus, Board Advisor and Executive Committee
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 Chair, Chair 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.

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

Michael Oros is Executive Director at Storage Networking Industry Association, where he oversees the group, industry collaboration and standards work of the organization. Michael brings 20 years of strategy, planning and development experience in IT services and high-tech industry to SNIA. Before joining the organization, Michael held roles at Intel including oversight of technology initiatives and collaboration on open standards, as well as the 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 various storage/memory technologies in server, cloud, HPC and storage industries. Michael holds an MBA in strategic management, marketing and international business from USIU.

Peter Corbett

Peter Corbett, Member
Senior Distinguished Engineer
Dell Technologies

Peter Corbett is a Senior Distinguished Engineer at Dell Technologies. Peter has spent over 30 years in the IT Industry, including Senior storage system architect roles with HPE, SimpliVity, NetApp, Lotus Development, and IBM Research. Peter’s recent roles have been at the strategic technology decision making level, driving the product architecture for several major storage systems, while working closely with peers in all aspects of the storage business: engineering, marketing, support, strategy, business development, and product planning.  He is a technical innovator, with numerous patents and publications.

John Geldman

John Geldman, Member
Director, SSD Industry Standards
KIOXIA

John Geldman is a Director of SSD Industry Standards at KIOXIA. John is also a Member of the Board of Directors of NVM Express. John is currently an active contributor to NVM Express, INCITS T10, INCITS T13, JEDEC, OCP, PCI-SIG, SATA IO, SNIA, and IEEE SISWG.  John has had corporate leadership responsibility for standards for multi-billion dollar storage vendors since 2011. He has been involved in storage standards since 1992, with an early introduction to standards that included the transition from X3T9 to T13 (ATA) and T10 (SCSI), as well as the transition from PCMCIA to CardBus. John has been an active FMS CAB member for at least 10 years.

 
Roger Hawthorn

Roger G. Hathorn, Member
Senior Technical Staff Member
IBM

Roger Hathorn is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM corporation. With a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he joined IBM in 1988 and began his long career in IBM Systems Storage.  He is an enterprise storage development leader with expertise in mainframe I/O protocol architecture (FICON/FC-SB) and other Fibre Channel standards. Roger’s current roles at IBM include I/O architecture and development of host attachment interfaces for the DS8000 family of enterprise storage arrays and TS7700 virtual tape controllers.  He chairs a Block Storage Technology/Services invention development team and has contributed hundreds of IBM patents.

Roger is the principal member for IBM at INCITS T11 Fibre Channel technical committees and has been contributing there since 2006 . He is the vice-chair of the T11.3 Fibre Channel Interconnection Schemes Task Group and chairman or secretary of several of its ad hoc working groups.  Roger was awarded the INCTS Technical Excellence award in 2016 and the INCITS Team award in 2019. 
Cody Hosterman

Cody Hosterman, Member
Technical Director of VMware Solutions
Pure Storage

Cody Hosterman is the Technical Director of VMware Solution Engineering at Pure Storage and is charge of the technical VMware strategy for the FlashArray and Cloud Block Store product lines. This includes best practices, VMware product integration, co-engineering projects, and VMware/Pure ecosystem architectures. Cody has been a VMware vExpert since 2013, his blog was voted a #7 vBlog in 2019, and was named a VMworld Distinguished Speaker in 2020.

Dave Landsman, Member
Director of Industry Standards
Western Digital

Dave Landsman is Director of Industry Standards at Western Digital, where he manages storage standards across Western Digital’s businesses.   Dave has been an active technical member in storage standards since 2008, representing SanDisk and, post-merger, Western Digital, making contributions to NVMe, PCI-SIG, JEDEC, SATA-IO, T10, T13, SNIA, SFF, and others.  He is currently WD’s board representative for NVMe, SATA-IO, and the Compact Flash Association.  Dave has over 35 years of experience in the technology/semiconductor industry, having spent his “first career” at Intel, and “second career” in storage, at msystems/SanDisk/WD, with brief hiatus at a startup in between.  He earned a BA in computer science from the University of California, San Diego.

Chris Lueth

Chris Lueth, Member
Technical Marketing Executive
NetApp

In 2003, Chris was so happy as a NetApp customer, he decided to join the company as a Technical Marketing Engineer (TME) now responsible for all ONTAP hardware.  In this role Chris supports sales with technical help, launches new hardware, and helps design next generation AFF and FAS hardware. Chris has almost 30 years of industry experience and prior to NetApp held positions including motherboard chipset design, UNIX system admin work for various financial, high tech and retail companies, designing UNIX servers and underlying infrastructure deployed in ~2000 stores of a major supermarket chain, and a home entertainment start-up. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.

Shalom Shefa

Shalom Shefa, Member
Sr Technical Marketing Engineer - UCS Storage & Security
Cisco Systems

I am currently a Sr Technical Marketing Engineering at Cisco working with the UCS product on storage and security technologies. Born and raised in the US, I moved with my family to Israel 2 years ago and work remotely from my Cisco team and HQ which are based in San Jose, CA. Hobbies include mountain biking, skiing, and fitness. I continue to train in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do, which I am currently a 3rd degree black belt (Kukkiwon, South Korea).

Paul von Stamwitz, Member
Industry Consultant

Paul von Stamwitz has over 35 years of experience in the storage industry where he has had various roles as developer, manager, technologist, and strategist. He formerly had a leadership role in the development and promotion of corporate strategies and roadmaps of Fujitsu’s storage products. He led an advanced development team focused on next generation storage architectures, including Ceph, SPDK, and Software-Defined Storage.

Mark Carlson

Mark Carlson, Board Advisor, Technical Council Co-Chair
Principal Engineer, Industry Standards
Kioxia Corporation

Mark A. Carlson, Principal Engineer, Industry Standards at Kioxia Corporation, 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 co-chair on the SNIA Technical Council.

Nidish Kamath, Board Advisor
Director of Marketing
AMD

Nidish Kamath is a segment marketer at AMD focused on Networking and Storage. He has previously worked in marketing, product management and engineering roles at Kioxia, Avalanche Technologies, Brocade Communications Systems, Qualcomm, Cray Research and Lucent Technologies. At AMD, Nidish drives the marketing push for computational storage and SmartNICs. He serves on the Board of Directors at SNIA, and has previously served on the industry advisory board at the Center for Open Source Software (CROSS), U.C. Santa Cruz. Nidish holds a B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, an M.S. degree from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management, University of California Los Angeles.

Bill Martin

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

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.

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Jim Pappas, Board Advisor
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, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), Open Fabrics Alliance (OFA), The Green Grid, Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and several emerging initiatives in his newest focus area of Solid State Storage.

Mr. Pappas 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.  

Mr. Pappas has over 37 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 dozens of major industry events and holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

SW Worth, Board Advisor
Industry Consultant

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.