Paul Hooper is the CEO of Gigamon, and was previously the Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. Paul is a networking and high tech industry veteran who joined Gigamon from Extreme Networks where he held numerous executive positions including Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President and General Manager for the Volume Products Group, and Chief Information Officer. Paul has held a broad range of leadership positions in marketing, product development, business management, and information technology within a range of organizations including Extreme Networks, myCFO, Inc., JDS Uniphase, Netscape Communications, and Sun Microsystems.
Mike Burns is the Chief Financial Officer of Gigamon. Mike brings over two decades of experience in finance, strategic planning, M&A and growth investing in public technology companies. Before joining Gigamon, he served as chief financial officer of Volterra Semiconductor for six years until its acquisition by Maxim Integrated. Prior to Volterra, Mike spent fifteen years at Intel Corporation where he held several senior financial positions. Mike received a bachelor's degree in Economics and a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, as well as an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Shehzad Merchant serves as Chief Technology Officer of Gigamon bringing over 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Shehzad served as the CTO at Extreme Networks, and is the author of several networking and communications patents. He is a frequent speaker at various industry events including Interop and Open Networking Summit, and has been engaged with many standards bodies including the IEEE, IETF and ONF. Prior to Extreme Networks, he was the co-founder and VP of Products at Polytime Systems, following on from various senior architectural and research roles at Allied Telesyn, Nevis Networks and SRI. Shehzad holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from USC and an Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Mumbai.
Peter Finter is CMO of Gigamon and brings more than 20 years of experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Gigamon, Peter served as Vice President of Marketing for Juniper Networks, leading their Worldwide Field Demand Center. He previously led their Americas Marketing and Global Marketing Operations teams. While at Nortel, he also held various Vice President positions, including Americas Marketing & Sales Operations, Global Marketing Strategy & Operations and EMEA Marketing. Peter started his career in Sales, initially with GEC Telecommunications and then BT. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Imperial College, London, and a Chartered Engineer.
Helmut Wilke is Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. He is a veteran in the information technology market and brings with him over 20 years’ experience in global sales. Prior to Gigamon, Helmut served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales leading sales, partners and operations for Ixia’s Visibility Business. Previously, he was the vice president of the US Western Region Enterprise and Partner Group for Microsoft, where he delivered business critical technology solutions to F1000 customers. In addition, he has also held key leadership roles in sales at Extreme Networks and Sun Microsystems. Helmut received a master's degree and doctor of Social Sciences from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.
Dave Cox is Vice President of Worldwide Operations. Dave brings more than 20 years of experience scaling global operations (manufacturing, supply chain, product fulfillment, services & support, IT, new product introduction, order management) for high growth technology companies. Prior to joining Gigamon, he served as Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations at Lytro. Previously Dave was Senior Vice President of Operations at Blue Coat Systems and has held leadership positions at Cisco, Quantum and Pluris. Dave attained his BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, and he holds an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Sachi Sambandan is the Sr. Vice President of Engineering. He brings over 25 years of experience in Cloud, Virtualization and Infrastructure domains at leading technology companies. Prior to joining Gigamon, he served as Vice President for VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services R&D, and before that he was Vice President of engineering at Force10 Networks. Sachi received a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the College of Engineering at Guindy, Chennai and went on to earn a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master's in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.
As Vice President of Human Resources Rich is responsible for shaping Gigamon’s Culture and Employee Experiences. Prior to joining Gigamon in 2013, he served as Vice President of HR for Yahoo’s Worldwide Sales Organization. During his career at Yahoo, he also lead the HR functions for International, Global Products, and the North America Business. In addition to Yahoo, Rich has held significant leadership positions at eBay, Packeteer, and Bay Networks. He holds an MBA in Organizational Studies from Notre Dame de Namur University and a BS in Business from California State University at Chico.
Paul Shinn is the General Counsel for Gigamon and is charged with managing legal issues that include contracts, governance, compliance, merger & acquisitions, employment, and litigation management. Prior to joining Gigamon, Paul served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of HP’s Enterprise Group, where he was responsible for driving legal strategy and support across multiple disciplines. He has also held senior legal roles in commercial and corporate, securities and mergers & acquisitions at HP. Prior to joining HP, Paul was senior counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law.