Chief Executive Officer
Expertise: Company Strategy
Lloyd Carney is the chief executive officer and a member of the Brocade board of directors. As CEO, Carney is responsible for executing the Company's vision and strategy to lead the networking industry through its next phase of evolution that will be defined by data center virtualization, cloud computing and software networking.
Before joining Brocade, Carney was CEO and member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a technology leader in the data center virtualization market with solutions for cloud computing and software-defined networking. Previous to that, Carney was CEO of Micromuse, Inc., a networking management software company which became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Carney also has extensive experience in the IP networking industry. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Juniper Networks where he oversaw the engineering, product management and manufacturing divisions. Carney also served as President of the Core IP, Wireless Internet and the Enterprise divisions at Nortel Networks, which generated multi-billion dollars in revenue. Before this, Carney was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit at Bay Networks.
Carney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute and a Master of Science degree in Applied Business Management from Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business
Expertise: Technology Strategy
As Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business, Ken Cheng leads Brocade's technology strategy, software networking solutions, key business initiatives, M&A and investment portfolio as it focuses on the evolving data center infrastructure within enterprises, cloud service providers and Federal markets. Previously at Brocade, Cheng served as Vice President, Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group since 2010. In this role, he drove the overall vision, strategy and execution of the Brocade advanced routing, application delivery and software networking business.
Cheng joined Brocade in 2008 through the company's acquisition of Foundry Networks where he held various executive management positions during his 12-year tenure. Prior to Foundry, Cheng served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Engineering for DG Systems (now DG FastChannel), a content distribution network company that operates the largest network designed specifically for media distribution. Cheng also held senior engineering management positions at Network Equipment Technologies (NET) and Bell Northern Research (later Nortel Labs).
Cheng has a BS in Applied Mathematics from Queen's University (Canada), an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Certificate in Music from the Royal Academy of Music (England).
Vice President, Data Center Switching and Routing
Expertise: Portfolio Strategy
As Vice President of Brocade's Data Center Switching and Routing business, Jason Nolet is responsible for defining the company's vision, strategy and execution plans to drive the company's business results for all IP/Ethernet data center switching and routing products, as well as network management and cloud orchestration solutions. He joined Brocade in 2009, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in the networking industry.
Prior to Brocade, Nolet held a variety of executive positions at Cisco during a 13-year period. He was most recently Vice President of Engineering, leading product development for a wide range of security products and solutions. Prior to Cisco, Nolet spent more than a decade in engineering leadership roles at Stratus Computer, AT&T Global Information Systems, and NCR Corporation.
Nolet has a BS in Business Administration and Information Systems from San Diego State University.
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Expertise: Financial Strategy
Dan Fairfax was named Chief Financial Officer and VP of Finance in June 2011 and has responsibility for the company's financial processes and reporting, as well as global real estate and facilities. Fairfax joined Brocade in 2008, as the result of the Company's acquisition of Foundry Networks, where he served as CFO. Fairfax joined Foundry Networks in May 2006, and has more than 25 years of senior financial and operations management experience.
Prior to joining Foundry Networks, Fairfax served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GoRemote Internet Communications. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Ironside Technologies, Inc.; ACTA Technology; and NeoVista Software. Before that, Fairfax held senior financial management and operations positions at Siemens and Spectra-Physics.
Fairfax holds a BA in Economics from Whitman College and an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant in California with an inactive license.
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