Sanjay Poonen joined VMware in August 2013 and is responsible for worldwide sales, services, ecosystem and alliances, global marketing and communications, and cross-portfolio product marketing.
Previously, Poonen held the role of executive vice president and general manager for the end-user computing business unit at VMware. In this role, he was responsible for strategy, products, engineering, marketing and sales across all of VMware's end-user computing offerings.
Before VMware, Poonen was president and corporate officer of platform solutions and the mobile division at SAP AG. During his more than seven years at SAP, Poonen held several executive-level roles in product development and sales, including leading SAP’s analytics, big data, mobile and all industry business units, driving many solutions to industry-leading market positions.
Prior to SAP, Poonen held executive roles at Symantec, Veritas and Informatica. He began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft and then worked in the same position for Apple. Poonen holds two patents, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he graduated a Baker Scholar. He has a master's degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in computer science, math and engineering from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Mark Russinovich is chief technology officer for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s global enterprise-grade cloud platform.A widely recognized expert in distributed systems and operating systems, Mark earned a doctorate in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later co-founded Winternals Software, joining Microsoft in 2006 when the company was acquired. Today, he remains the primary author of the Sysinternals tools and website, which include dozens of popular Windows administration and diagnostic utilities. Mark is a popular speaker at industry conferences, such as IP Expo, Microsoft Ignite and Build, and RSA Conference. He has also authored several nonfiction and fiction books, including the Microsoft Press Windows Internals book series, as well as fictional cyber security thrillers “Zero Day,” “Trojan Horse” and “Rogue Code.”
As senior vice president of global data center / virtualization and enterprise networking sales at Cisco, Frank Palumbo is responsible for growing the company’s unified fabric data center architecture and enterprise networking sales, while helping customers achieve positive business outcomes. The portfolio under Palumbo’s purview encompasses servers, security, switches, management and automation and multi-cloud orchestration solutions, as well as networking, including storage, virtual, application and enterprise networking.
For the past five years, Palumbo has been instrumental in creating Cisco’s data center business and growing it into the market leader that it is today. Prior to joining Cisco 20 years ago, Palumbo held a number of sales and marketing roles at Wang Laboratories. Palumbo holds a degree in business administration from Rutgers University and has a passion for marathons, triathlons, Giants and Yankees.
Bill Philbin is the senior vice president and general manager for storage and big data segment solutions within HPE’s Data Center Infrastructure Group. Prior to this role, Bill was responsible for data protection, data retention and software-defined storage products.
He has over 30 years of high technology experience with P&L responsibility, managing engineering, services, marketing and business development functions.
Prior to joining HPE, Bill was senior vice president and general manager of core storage at NetApp. In this role, he was responsible for the complete storage systems portfolio. Before joining NetApp, he was vice president of product development at IBM. He has also had senior executive leadership positions at Telelogic and several pre-IPO and publicly held software companies.
Bill attended the University of Scranton, where he majored in computer science.
He is based in Denver.
General session speakers
Ratmir Timashev possesses a rare combination of proven business savvy, forward-looking technical knowledge and market vision. As Veeam® Software’s co-founder, Ratmir brings to bear more than a decade of entrepreneurial experience building, advising and investing in successful technology companies.
In 1997, he founded Aelita Software, provider of award-winning Windows Server systems management software. In 2004, Aelita was acquired by Quest Software, and after ensuring the successful continuation of Aelita’s products and strategy at Quest, Ratmir founded Veeam Software to provide similar systems management solutions for virtualized server infrastructures. Over the last decade, Ratmir’s vision and drive has seen Veeam grow into a $500 million company and the innovative provider of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™.
Ratmir earned a master’s degree in chemical physics from the Ohio State University in 1995. He continues to share his knowledge and ideas to fuel innovative IT solutions around the world.
As president, chief operating officer and member of the board of directors, Peter is responsible for the sales, sales operations, marketing, finance and human resources at Veeam®, and his charter is to drive the company’s accelerated growth into the enterprise.
Prior to Veeam, Peter held a number of senior leadership roles within VMware's Americas organization. He joined VMware as vice president sales, end-user computing, Americas. From this position, he was promoted to Americas chief operating officer, responsible for optimizing the alignment and integration of all go-to-market functions, then to senior vice president, Americas enterprise, and then ultimately to senior vice president and general manager, Americas.
Peter joined VMware through the acquisition of Desktone, where he was president and CEO from 2010 to October 2013. Prior to Desktone, Peter was president and CEO of two other successful venture-backed companies: Watchfire, a security solutions provider (acquired by IBM in 2007), from 2001 to July 2008 and eCredit (acquired by Internet Capital Group) from 1998 to 2001. He also served as executive-in-residence at Insight Venture Partners.
Paul Mattes currently leads Veeam’s® Global Cloud Group, which is responsible for accelerating the company’s strategic growth in Availability solutions, leveraging private, managed, hybrid and public clouds.
Paul has over 25 years of experience in a diverse set of disciplines, including enterprise sales / services leadership, strategic business consulting, software architecture and engineering, and data center operations. Through the years, he has worked across a wide range of industries, including health care, pharmaceutical research, financial services, retail and manufacturing.
Prior to joining Veeam, Paul was the general manager for cloud and enterprise sales for the Americas at Microsoft. His teams delivered advanced workload solutions for Azure, big data and analytics, the internet of things (IoT) and Azure Site Recovery. During his 13+ years at Microsoft, he held positions of increasing responsibility across the company in groups that included developer and platform evangelism, enterprise sales, industry solutions development and R&D.
Veeam technical experts
Michael Cade is a Technical Evangelist for Veeam Software. Based in the UK, an IT Professional with over 14 years of industry experience with a key focus on Data Center technologies including Virtualization, Storage and Data Center. Michael is very active around the social media sphere blogging and tweeting relevant technical content. He has seen many different areas of how IT works, from the Helpdesk to the Datacenters. Michael is a member of several community programs including VMware vExpert, NetApp A-Team and Cisco Champions.
Michael is a member of several community programs, including VMware vExpert, NetApp A-Team and Cisco Champions.