SNIA Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Technical Council Members

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO., November 4, 2020 - The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced its 2020-2021 Board of Directors and Technical Council (TC) members.  As a globally recognized and trusted authority, SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry in developing and promoting vendor-neutral architectures, standards, and educational services that facilitate the efficient management, movement, and security of information.  

“2020 has been a year of change, renewed commitment and investment for the future by the industry” said Michael Oros, SNIA Executive Director. “Taking on the changing world, we have new representatives from several industry companies that have joined the SNIA Board from Cisco Systems, Kioxia, NetApp, and Pure Storage. In addition, Dell has also joined the Technical Council, and together we look forward to the new industry engagements and technical work that is already underway with SNIA’s 2,500 storage industry experts from around the world.”

SNIA has reaffirmed its key vision to be “All Things Storage,” with a focus on responsibility and accountability to its members, its alliance partners, and end users worldwide.  “SNIA is taking the opportunity to strengthen its relationships, both inside and outside the organization,” said Dr. J Metz, Chair of SNIA’s Board of Directors. “We understand the importance of leading by example - creating stronger bonds of communication and technical responsibility. SNIA has the advantage of representing a diverse ecosystem of storage technology, and we are taking steps to maintain its reputation of trust and reliability throughout the industry.”

The SNIA Board sees a need to synthesize several initiatives in 2021. In addition to its award-winning work in standards and specifications, SNIA will address broader themes in Management, Security, and Computational Storage. “The next few years will see a cross-pollination of these areas of technology,” Dr. Metz said, “and SNIA is uniquely positioned to take on the task of managing the inter-relationships of those technology trends.”

The 2020-2021 SNIA Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

  • Dr. J Michel Metz, Rockport Networks – Chair
  • Chris Lionetti, Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Vice Chair
  • Jim Pappas, Intel Corporation – Secretary
  • Sue Amarin – Treasurer, Advisor
  • Wayne Adams – Chair Emeritus, Advisor
  • Michael Oros – SNIA Executive Director

Board Members:

  • P.K. Gupta, Dell EMC
  • Cody Hosterman, Pure Storage
  • Chris Lueth, NetApp
  • Scott Shadley, NGD Systems
  • Shalom Shefa, Cisco Systems
  • Paul von Stamwitz, Fujitsu
  • Michelle Tidwell, IBM
  • Balaji Venkateshwaran, Kioxia Corporation

Board Advisors:

  • Richelle Ahlvers, Intel Corporation
  • Mark Carlson, Kioxia Corporation - Technical Council Co-Chair
  • Bill Martin, Samsung - Technical Council Co-Chair
  • SW Worth, Industry Consultant

The 2020-2021 SNIA Technical Council

SNIA’s Technical Council advances the technical agenda and standards work in the organization. The Technical Council members for the next two years are:

  • Mark Carlson, Kioxia Corporation - Co-Chair
  • Bill Martin, Samsung - Co-Chair
  • Curtis Ballard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Alan Bumgarner, Intel Corporation
  • Glen Jaquette, IBM
  • Fred Knight, NetApp
  • Bill Lynn, Dell
  • Leah Schoeb, AMD
  • Tom Talpey, Industry Consultant
  • Steve Wilson, Broadcom

Technical Council Advisors:

  • Craig Carlson, Marvell Technology Group
  • Arnold Jones, SNIA, Technical Council Managing Director
  • Dave Landsman, Western Digital
  • Alex McDonald, Industry Consultant (SNIA EMEA)
  • Peter Murray, Industry Consultant
  • Yukinori Sakashita, Yahoo Japan (SNIA Japan)
  • David Thiel, Industry Consultant

About SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of member companies spanning the global storage market. SNIA’s mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market.

Elie Georges
Ogilvy Public Relations