Unitrends’ advisors are leaders in technology, management, and finance
Carol Meyers › Chief Marketing Officer, Rapid7
Carol Meyers has delivered more than $1.5B in market value for investors through 3 IPOs. She is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Rapid7, an IT security intelligence software leader and board member or advisor to several venture backed software companies. As former chief marketing officer of LogMeIn (Nasdaq: LOGM), Meyers launched the company’s social marketing initiatives and iPhone application, making it the top grossing business application in the iTunes app store. She optimized paid search marketing and the “freemium” model saving millions of dollars, nearly tripling revenue and paving the way for a successful IPO in 2009. Prior to LogMeIn, Meyers was chief marketing officer for Unica Corporation (Nasdaq: UNCA). At Unica, Meyers played a pivotal role in growing the company's revenue from $3M in 1999 to over $100M in 2007 and establishing the new category of marketing automation software. During Meyers’ tenure, Deloitte and Touche ranked Unica one of the fastest growing technology companies in North America each year and CRM Magazine named Unica the leader in marketing software for four consecutive years (2004–2007).
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Awareness, Inc. and on the advisory boards of SocialRep and WordStream.
Michael Cristinziano › Corporate Vice President, Strategic Development, Citrix Systems, Inc.
Michael Cristinziano has served as corporate vice president of strategic development at Citrix Systems, Inc., since 2003 and is responsible for several corporate functions, including M&A strategy and execution, technology licensing and venture capital investments.
Prior to joining Citrix, Cristinziano was managing director at Harris Nesbitt, where he covered the networking and software industries. Cristinziano’s work as an equity research analyst has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and StarMine. A research analyst turned investment banker, Cristinziano has participated in M&A and financing transactions totaling over $2 billion in cumulative deal value since 1995. Before joining Harris Nesbitt in 1997, Cristinziano started his Wall Street career as a research analyst at Needham & Co.
Cristinziano earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Temple University, a Master of Science in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate studies in information networking at Carnegie Mellon University. Michael serves as an independent director on the boards of Untangle, Inc., Bridgewater Systems Corporation and SourceFire, Inc.
James Foster › CEO & Founder, Riskive
James C. Foster is the Founder and CEO of Riskive, The Next Generation Threat Management Company.
Foster is an industry veteran and a world-renown thought leader on cyber security. He’s published over a dozen books, is a patent-holder, has spoken on Capital Hill about the increase in international cyber threats, and is a recognized keynote speaker. In 2006, Foster founded the cyber security firm, Ciphent. Ciphent grew to almost 100 employees with 1000 customers by 2010 when it was acquired by Accuvant. With a three year growth rate of 8900+%, Ciphent was recognized as the #16th fastest growing private company in the US by Inc. Magazine and #1 in Maryland. As Chairman of the Advisory Board and SVP while at Accuvant, Foster lead the successful acquisition of V3rity while the company achieved 50% year-over-year growth in 2011 with revenues in excess of $325M. Additionally, Foster has had the privilege of working with several other high growth cyber security organizations such as Booz Allen and Hamilton and Computer Sciences Corporation and executing on exit strategies for companies including: Foundstone (acquired by McAfee for $86M), Guardent (acquired by Verisign $135M), and Information Security Magazine (acquired by Tech Target Media for an unpublicized amount). Foster started his career as a civilian in the United States Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2005, Foster became a Fellow from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has received his Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Capitol College.
Todd Gresham › Senior Vice President, Network Storage Systems Division, Xyratex International
Todd Gresham brings over 25 years of executive management experience in both publicly traded and privately held companies. His experience includes organizational leadership and development, interaction/communication as related to investor relations, global market strategies and implementation, private equity fund raising and marketing acumen.
Gresham is currently a senior vice president for the Networked Storage Systems Division of Xyratex International, a company providing storage solutions to global OEM’s. Since joining Xyratex, the division has grown from approximately $408 million to in excess of $1.3 billion. Prior to Xyratex, Gresham was president and CEO of nStor Technologies, Inc., and before that, Gresham founded Meritage Associates. Meritage guided over 100 firms, including several Fortune 50 companies, in the areas of product strategy, market development, product definition and capital acquisition. Gresham also served as vice president of global OEM and reseller sales. While with Data General’s CLARiiON Storage Division, Gresham held several positions including general manager of Asia/Pacific operations and vice president of worldwide sales. Prior to CLARiiON, Gresham held various executive positions with Philips Laser Magnetics (LMSI). Gresham currently serves on the board of directors for Glasshouse Technologies and is on the National Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Anna Hall-Lloyd › Business Technology Executive, Bank of America
Anna Hall-Lloyd is a business technology executive for Bank of America. She is responsible for delivering midrange infrastructure services for shared technology that support transactional (online), database, OS, capacity planning and application hosting securely across Bank of America. Some of the services she delivers include design, implementation, deployment, refresh, compliance and optimization for the global environment.
Prior to Bank of America, Hall-Lloyd spent 25 years in the computer industry in a wide variety of leadership roles. During her eight-year tenure at Dell, she launched Dell’s Product Lifecycle Management initiative to consolidate legacy IT applications into an integrated solution. She also led product development for OpenManageTM, delivering products that were key to Dell’s growth in the server market. Previously, Hall-Lloyd was at Compaq and Data General where she led a wide range of functions for desktop, laptop and server products, including vendor management, sales consulting, product development and product test.
Hall-Lloyd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from North Carolina State University in 1983.
Jay Kidd › Senior Vice President, Data Protection and Manageability Group, NetApp
Jay Kidd is the senior vice president of the Product Strategy and Development, Data Protection and Manageability Group at NetApp where he is responsible for the company’s product strategy, delivery and technical alliance relationships. He is a member of the executive staff and the Strategy Council.
Kidd also has extensive cross-functional experience in storage, networking and high-performance systems. Previously, Kidd was the chief marketing officer at NetApp, and he also ran the Emerging Products Group. Prior to joining NetApp, he held the position of chief technology officer and vice president of Product Management at Brocade, where he was vital to developing and implementing the Brocade product road map.
Before joining Brocade, Kidd was vice president of marketing for Omneon Video Networks, Inc., a supplier of storage and networking equipment for video broadcasters, and Multigen, a 3D simulation software company.
Prior to working at Multigen, Kidd spent seven years at Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), where he directed product management and marketing efforts. He also worked at Hewlett Packard, where he held key engineering and product management positions in the Information Networks Group.
Kidd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.
Robert Soderbery › Senior Vice President and General Manager, Unified Access Business Unit, Cisco
Robert Soderbery is senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Unified Access Business Unit.
In this role, Soderbery is responsible for managing the strategy, engineering and marketing direction of Cisco’s family of enterprise Ethernet switching solutions. He leads a large team of global employees and is responsible for over $7 billion in product revenue.
Soderbery is active with customers ensuring that Cisco’s campus networking solutions effectively enable business solutions. Prior to joining Cisco, Soderbery was a senior vice president and general manager at Symantec Corporation, where he led a $1 billion storage and availability management business supplying key technologies to the enterprise data center. Soderbery joined Symantec through the company’s merger with Veritas Software. At Veritas, he held a wide variety of executive roles, including serving as vice president of product management and vice president of strategic alliances. Prior to Veritas, Soderbery was an entrepreneur in the semiconductor industry with two successful startups to his credit as a founder and early employee.
Soderbery holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from California Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.