Peter joined Veeam in July 2016 and was named co-CEO in May 2017. He is guiding Veeam on its trajectory to become a multibillion-dollar software company. Peter brings his passion for technical innovation and extensive business experience to the role. He is responsible for sales, marketing, finance and human resources.
Before joining Veeam, Peter served as senior vice president and general manager Americas at VMware. While at VMware, he held multiple roles, including VP of end user computing sales and GM for the DaaS business, Americas chief operating officer and Americas enterprise sales leader. He joined VMware through the acquisition of Desktone in October 2013, where he was president and CEO. Peter’s experience also includes roles as CEO at Watchfire and eCredit, two successful venture-backed companies.
Ratmir Timashev possesses a rare combination of proven business savvy, forward-looking technical knowledge and market vision. Ratmir brings more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience building, advising and investing in successful technology companies. As Veeam® Software’s co-founder and senior vice president, marketing and corporate development, Mr. Timashev is responsible for strategy and process execution on acquisitions and investments to expand Veeam’s total addressable market (TAM), as well as to build and lead the Veeam global marketing organization in executing the marketing plan and strategy.
As vice president for product strategy, Danny is responsible for envisioning, designing and delivering product strategies and solutions. He partners with enterprise customers and large service providers to assess and ensure long-term industry success. With 20 years of technology experience, he is passionate about solving customer problems and software innovation. Previously, Danny was CTO of Desktone, a software platform for service providers offering hosted desktops, which was acquired by VMware. Earlier in his career, Danny was director of security research at IBM and a member of the Security Architecture Board, where he co-authored the IBM Secure Engineering Framework. He holds multiple software patents in the cloud and security field.
New York Times best-selling co-author of Big Data, Your Definitive Guide to the Coming Digital Revolution and Disruption
Kenneth Cukier is senior editor, digital products and data analytics at The Economist where he oversees data analytics and manages their new digital product development. Prior to this, he was data editor following a decade at the paper covering business and technology. Kenneth’s talks are fast-paced and witty, fact-filled and insightful. And they are packed with real-world examples of how pioneering companies are applying new technologies to reap substantial business advantage. He reveals trends, explains how technologies work and shows what they mean for business. He gives leaders new ideas and inspires teams to do great work.
John Steinmetz is the chief technology officer for SEI as well as a vice president of SEI Global Services. In his role, he is responsible for the Technology Services Unit application development and technology infrastructure to support SEI’s market unit solutions and SEI’s corporate infrastructure.
Mr. Steinmetz joined SEI in 1995 as a product manager. In 1999, he became the technology director for the private banking and investment advisor market units. He was responsible for the market unit’s applications development and support.
From 2005 until 2011, Mr. Steinmetz assumed the additional responsibility of being the executive in charge of the Technology Services Unit development staff and was promoted into his vice president role during that period. Finally, in 2012, Mr. Steinmetz assumed his most current role as chief technology officer.
Prior to joining SEI in 1995, Mr. Steinmetz worked at PECO Energy for 14 years. While at PECO Energy, Mr. Steinmetz held a number of different positions, most recently as group IS manager for the customer service business line. Previously, he was the project manager of large systems implementations and re-engineering technology lead within the information systems division.
Mr. Steinmetz earned his bachelor of science in computer science from Spring Garden College.
David Simpson has influenced national defense and homeland security policy and provided cutting-edge information, communications technology and cybersecurity solutions for over 30 years.
He currently leads Pelorus Consulting Services, specializing in public safety, telecommunications and cybersecurity. He is also a professor at Virginia Tech, integrating cybersecurity risk studies into the Pamplin College of Business graduate degree programs. He previously served as chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau from 2013 to 2017. As Bureau chief, he oversaw public safety, homeland security, emergency management, cybersecurity and disaster preparedness activities for over 30,000 commercial companies in the telecommunications sector. He worked with public and private partners and through the rule-making process to ensure that our nation's networks are accessible, reliable, resilient, secure and ready to meet the public safety needs of Americans during emergencies.
Simpson served as the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) from 2011 to 2013. In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for planning, developing and providing interoperable global communications for the defense community. He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT).
From 2009 through 2010, as director for communications and information services for U.S. Forces Iraq in Baghdad, he synchronized strategic and operational-level communications for U.S. forces and assisted the government of Iraq in building capacity for the information and communications technology sector. Simpson’s extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for networks, IT and crisis communications for afloat and other deployed forces in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
Simpson is a native of Burbank, California and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned a master's degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a recipient of the Navy's Copernicus Award, Federal Computing Weekly's FED 100 Award and the Next Generation 911 Institute's 2017 Government Leader Award.
Bill Philbin is the Senior Vice President, Global CTO for Hybrid IT where he leads our long-term technology vision for Hybrid IT. This includes advancing the convergence of compute, storage, networking, and integrating Infosight across the entire Hybrid IT portfolio.
Previously he was SVP, General Manager for Storage within HPE’s Hybrid IT Organization. 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.
Before 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.
As the VP of Global Data Center Sales at Cisco, Cynthia Johnson is charged with developing and leading growth strategies that drive revenues and open new markets across Cisco’s compute, cloud, converged infrastructure, software and enterprise application portfolio of solutions. Most recently, Cynthia has led all aspects of sales enablement and strategy for Hyperflex and Metapod, using her experience of successfully launching new products to drive momentum and adoption across both partners and customers. Cynthia has direct line responsibility for Cisco’s field-based sales engagements, accelerating enterprise application sales for SAP HANA, VDI, Big Data and Microsoft Cloud, as well as Cisco’s UCS Converged Infrastructures, HyperFlex, OpenStack and cloud solutions. An expert at enlisting buy-in, Cynthia drives successful outcomes by inspiring others to do more and be more, believing first in themselves.
Cynthia has been proud to lead several product launches, identifying and integrating new business models that drive value for customers and partners from inception and incubation through to launch and global rollout. She has identified and participated in M&A activities — both new acquisitions as well as onboarding strategic technology partnerships. Cisco’s organically grown solutions, such as UCS, have flourished under her leadership. She delivered the strategies that saw explosive market growth of Cisco’s x86 platform into the number one position for the Americas and number two for the world. She is excited about the potential this year holds as Cisco’s wide portfolio of offerings continues to drive value across a diverse group of customers, including Fortune 1000 companies, global service providers, public sector accounts and small to medium businesses.
Known as an effective sales leader who mentors and develops high-performing teams, Cynthia embraces a collaborative and inclusive culture, which has helped her successfully enlist cross-team cooperation for mutual benefit. Innovative and enthusiastic, she encourages new ideas and broad-based thinking, often acting as a catalyst for change aligned to positive business outcomes. Across her career, she has distinguished herself by nurturing and maintaining strong customer and partner relationships, which she credits as a key foundation in her success. She is a passionate supporter of diversity initiatives and an advocate for women in technology communities. Cynthia believes that by enabling a model of inclusion and diversity, she has enabled her teams to think more broadly, providing a fertile ground for thought leadership to flourish.
In her 10+ year tenure at Cisco, Cynthia has held a number of sales leadership positions, including senior director global data center sales & strategy, director of data center sales for the America’s, regional manager, northeast financial services, regional manager, government, education and medical (GEM), regional manager, service provider, and business consultant for Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG). Prior to joining Cisco, Cynthia held sales positions at Merisel, Siebel CRM Systems and Sun Microsystems.
Cynthia’s fresh approach, business experience and candor have made her a compelling speaker at industry events, where she uses real-world experience and storytelling to inspire her audience. Cynthia frequently blogs on the importance of leadership, diversity, mentoring and managing change. She is an advocate of social media and has been featured as a Pulse contributor on LinkedIn, where she enjoys a global following, while actively encouraging discussion and engagement.
Cynthia is a graduate of Simmons College, where she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She currently resides in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys the outdoors, including paddle-boarding, hiking along Cape Cod trails with her golden retriever and coaching her daughters’ soccer teams.
A 28-year veteran in the industry, Russell recently joined Veeam as its new Vice President of Enterprise Strategy, responsible for driving strategic product and go-to-market programs, spearheading industry engagement and evangelizing Veeam’s vision for the Hyper-Available Enterprise at key events across the globe, and working with the Executive Leadership team in accelerating the company’s growth in the enterprise.
Russell most recently held the role of Vice President and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. His research focus at Gartner was on storage strategies and technologies, with an emphasis on backup/recovery, snapshot and replication, SSD/flash optimization software, software-defined storage (SDS) and storage management. He was also the lead author of the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup & Recovery Solutions. Prior to joining Gartner, Russell spent 15 years at IBM in storage product development as a Software Engineer in mainframe storage and as a manager of product development, architecture and strategy teams for distributed systems storage solutions.
Session guest speakers
Duncan Epping is a chief technologist working for VMware in the Office of CTO of the Storage and Availability business unit. In that role, he serves as a trusted adviser to VMware’s customers, primarily in EMEA. His main responsibilities are ensuring that VMware’s future innovations align with essential customer needs and functioning as the global lead evangelist for storage and Availability. Duncan specializes in software defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructures and BC / DR solutions.
Veeam technical experts
Anthony Spiteri is a Global Technologist, vExpert, VCIX-NV and VCAP-DCV working in the Product Strategy team at Veeam. He currently focuses on Veeam’s Service Provider products and partners. He previously held Architectural Lead roles at some of Australia's leading Cloud Providers. He is responsible for generating content, evangelism, collecting product feedback and presenting at events. Anthony can be found blogging on anthonyspiteri.net or on Twitter via @anthonyspiteri.
As senior vice president, product management at Veeam Software, Anton is responsible for strategic planning and technical direction for Veeam products. He is well known in the virtualization community for leading Veeam Community Forums, which have over 23,000 registered members. Before joining Veeam, Anton spent over five years at Aelita Software (later acquired by Quest Software), where he was responsible for the program management of multiple enterprise Windows management solutions. Anton’s IT background includes various positions in software development (six years), software analysis and program management (six years), and now product management (five years and counting).
As Veeam’s global evangelist, product strategy, David is responsible for delivering Veeam’s long-term technology vision and ensuring the customer voice is represented internally to R&D. David has held senior leader roles within companies such as OpenVision (Veritas), NetApp, Seagate and Dell EMC. During his time as the data protection analyst for ESG, along with his 30+ years in the industry, he has authored thousands of articles, blogs, research briefs and reports, as well as a book on backup, DR and business continuity. He is a regularly sought-after presenter on Digital Transformation and business-centric IT initiatives.
Jason Buffington joined Veeam in January 2018 as a senior director of product strategy. He comes to the position with 30 years of data protection / Availability, BC / DR and systems management subject-matter expertise — including field engagement, sales / marketing and product management experience across multiple ISVs and channel partners, and most recently served as an industry analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG).
Melissa Palmer is Product Strategy Technologist at Veeam and a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-236). Melissa has been focused on the full infrastructure stack in her career and started out as a VMware engineer for a number of enterprise environments. You can find Melissa on twitter @vMiss33 or at her blog http://vMiss.net.
Michael Cade is a Global Technologist 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 the data center. Michael is very active around the social media sphere, blogging and tweeting relevant technical content. Michael is a member of several community programs including VMware vExpert, NetApp A-Team and Cisco Champions.
Niels Engelen (VMware vExpert, VCP-DCV, CCNA, VMCA) is working as a Global Technologist in Product Strategy for Veeam Software based in Belgium. Niels is a blogger and active member of the virtualization community. He has over eight years of IT experience, mostly focusing on virtualization, automation and cloud technologies. Follow Niels on Twitter @nielsengelen.
Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP) is a director of product strategy and leads the technical evangelist team for Veeam Software based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick’s IT experience includes system administration and IT management with virtualization being the central theme of his career recently.
IT certifications and recognitions include: VMware VCP, MCITP, MCSA, MCP, VMware vExpert.