2018/2019 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.

Jim Williams

Jim Williams, Secretary and Executive Committee
Product Manager, Automatic Storage Management
Oracle Corporation

Jim Williams is Senior Principal 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.


Rob Peglar, Treasurer and Executive Committee
Advanced Computation and Storage LLC

Robert Peglar is currently the President of Advanced Computation and Storage LLC, after a distinguished 40-year career serving the compute and storage technology industries, spanning six companies. His most recent post was Senior Vice President and CTO of Formulus Black, leading development efforts in next-generation software for persistent in-memory computing. Before that, he was Vice President of Advanced Storage at Micron Technology, where he led efforts in advanced storage systems strategy, led the CTO function and executive-level planning with key customers and partners worldwide for Micron’s Storage Business Unit, and defined future storage portfolio offerings.

Prior to joining Micron in February 2015, Mr. Peglar was Chief Technology Officer, Americas at EMC Isilon for four years. Prior to EMC, he was a Senior Fellow and Vice President of Technology at Xiotech for 11 years. Prior to Xiotech, he held key technology specialist and engineering leadership positions over a 10-year period at StorageTek and its subsidiary, Network Systems Corporation. Prior to StorageTek, he held engineering development and product management positions for a decade at Control Data and its supercomputer division, ETA Systems.

Mr. Peglar serves on the Board of Directors of the SNIA, is the former co-chair of the SNIA Analytics and Big Data Committee and the SNIA Tutorials, and is the former director of the SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative. He also serves as an advisor to the Flash Memory Summit. Mr. Peglar has extensive experience in persistent memory architecture, data management and analysis, high-performance computing, nonvolatile systems, distributed cluster architectures, filesystems, I/O performance optimization, cloud storage, replication and archiving strategy, networking protocols, and storage virtualization. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist at leading storage and computing-related seminars and conferences worldwide. Mr. Peglar is a four-time EMC Elect honoree, 2014-2017. He was also one of 25 senior executives worldwide selected for the CRN Storage Superstars Award in 2010.

Mr. Peglar holds a 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, filesystems and storage networking protocols, clustering algorithms and virtual systems communication.


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 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.

Richelle Ahlvers, Member
Storage Management Architect

Richelle has been engaged with SNIA for many years. She was involved in an early working group in the ‘90s (the NWM-WG) that helped set the future direction for SMI-S, evaluating different potential technologies including WBEM-CIM.  More recently, she served as the SNIA Technical Council Chair from ’09 – ‘11, and has been engaged across a breadth of technologies ranging from storage management, to solid state storage, cloud, and green storage. She currently leads the SSM Technical Work Group developing the Swordfish Scalable Storage Management API, as well as serving as the SMI Conformance Chair.

Sue Amarin, Member
Senior Business Development Manager
Micron Technology

An industry veteran with about 24 years in the semiconductor industry, Sue Amarin graduated with a BSEE degree from San Jose State University in 1993 and worked as an analog design engineer at Intel, designing PLLs, IO-Buffers, SRAMs, circuits that were used on the Pentium class chipsets throughout the 90s and early 2000s. Sue was an active member of JEDEC for many years, advancing DRAM technology and enabling its adoption in the market place, all the way from DDR1-266 through DDR4. While at JEDEC, she coauthored the DDR2 specification. In 2010 Sue graduated with an MBA from Tulane University, co-founded an Oil and Gas services business which is still thriving, and then joined Micron as a Business Development Manager. Her current focus has been on Storage and Flash Technologies in the capacity of a technology Evangelist that works closely with customers on flash adoption and internally on focusing the products to solve customer workload issues.

PK Gupta, Member
Senior Director, Global DPS Presales Lead
Dell EMC

Founded SNIA India in the end of 2003, grew membership to 100 companies in 18 months and was chairman till 2006. Moved to Singapore in July 2005 and joined SNIA South Asia in 2006 as vice chairman then became chairman multiple times till 2017 end before moving to Santa Clara in Oct 2017.  Also started SNIA Malaysia. Promoted SNIA storage courses and general storage education across Asia in organizations and universities.  Represented and spoke in 100+ events in last 15 years across Asia for SNIA and chaired sessions for SNIA.  Organized Storage Networking World (SNW) in Singapore and India 4 times.  I am also part of few universities international advisory board.  For contribution to SNIA International, was awarded SNIA Industry Impact Award in 2012.  Was first person in Asia to get this award.  Attended SNIA Board calls most of the time by webex and couple of times in person in last 15 years.  Participated in few Technical Councils also like ILM, Data Protection, 100 year archive etc. between 2004 to 2006.

Tau Leng

Tau Leng, Member
Senior Vice-President of Technology

Dr. Tau Leng is the Senior Vice President of Technology at Supermicro, responsible for the developments of emerging technologies and innovation projects. Tau has been working in the server and storage industry for more than 25 years. His area of technical expertise resides in High Performance Computing and Datacenter solutions. Prior to joining Supermicro in 2004, Tau managed the HPC Engineering team at Dell Computer; he and other pioneers built the HPC group and the business in 1999.

Tau holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the Fu Jen University in Taiwan, a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Houston. Tau is currently also serving as the Vice-Chair and a board member of Server System Infrastructure (SSI) Forum.

Tau believes that system level design and development experiences from companies like Supermicro is vital to bringing the continuous enhancements in storage technologies to reality. Supermicro’s participation in the SNIA will help not only in advancing the technologies but also the actual implementation in the real-world applications.

Chris Lionetti, Member
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.


J Michel Metz, Member
R&D Engineer
Cisco Systems

J is currently an R&D Engineer for Advanced Storage in the Compute and Server Group for Cisco Systems, but has a broad and eclectic background of both academic, corporate, and industry experience. He is an award-winning public speaker, author, and contributor to industry trade publications. He has been active in industry standards, with membership on the Board of Directors for the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA), Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), and the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Promoter’s Board. He received his Ph.D from the University of Georgia.

Paul von Stamwitz, Member
Senior Storage Architect

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 currently has a leadership role in the development and promotion of corporate strategies and roadmaps of Fujitsu’s storage products. He leads an advanced development team focused on next generation storage architectures, including Ceph, SPDK, and Software-Defined Storage.

Tatsuya Tanaka, Member
Vice President SSD Technology Strategy
Toshiba Memory

Tatsuya Tanaka, Vice President, SSD Technology Strategy at Toshiba, has more than 30 years of experience with application engineering of memory devices (DRAM / NAND / SSD) and 2 years of experience with Corporate Audit. He participated in DRAM standardization at JEDEC, NAND Flash specification & product planning, and is now in charge of SSD standardization at Toshiba.

Michelle Tidwell

Michelle Tidwell, Member
Program Director, Global Offering Manager, Software Defined Storage, IBM

Michelle Tidwell is Program Director, Global Offering Manager, 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.

Mark Carlson

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

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 co-chair on the SNIA Technical Council.

Bill Martin

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

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.


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.


Remembering Allan Zmyslowski
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Fujitsu America

SNIA colleagues and friends were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of fellow SNIA member Allan Zmyslowski on March 28, 2019. Known affectionately as “Al Z”, he was a valued volunteer at SNIA who served on the SNIA Board of Directors for over 10 years as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee.

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

Allan had 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 was the inventor of 12 U.S. patents. He held a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Kettering University and a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. Read more about Al's many valued contributions to SNIA over the last 10 years.