WANdisco management team

The WANdisco management team

WANdisco is led by a seasoned team of software executives who have served on the boards and advisory boards of a number of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. The team consists of individuals who have built companies from inception to successful exit and people who are regarded as worldwide authorities in the field of distributed computing, network protocols and Java development.


David Richards

President, CEO & Co-Founder
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David Richards


David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies.

Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of AltoStor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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David has become recognized as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth.

With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognized as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards.

David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

David holds a BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Huddersfield, England.

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Paul Harrison

Chief Financial Officer
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Paul Harrison

Prior to joining WANdisco in September 2013, Paul spent over 16 years with The Sage Group plc; the world’s largest business software provider and a member of the FTSE 100. Paul joined Sage in 1997 becoming its CFO in 2000. During that time, Sage grew its revenues from £152m to £1,340m, its profit before taxation from £38m to £356m, its employee base from 1,900 to 13,500 and its country presence from 4 to 25. It also supplemented organic growth with the conclusion of over 100 acquisitions.

Paul is also a non-executive director of Hays plc; one of the world’s largest specialist recruiters. He joined Hays in 2007 becoming its Senior Independent Director in 2011. He also chairs Hays’ Remuneration Committee.

A chartered accountant, Paul’s earlier career was spent in professional practice latterly with PwC where Paul was a Senior Manager.


James Campigli

Chief Marketing Officer & Co-founder
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Jim Campigli

James has over 25 years of software industry experience at both early-stage and public companies. In his current role James is responsible for WANdisco's operational management, including oversight of marketing. In his previous role as a founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Librados, an application integration software provider, James was responsible for overall product strategy and product messaging. James was also a member of the management team that led the company’s acquisition by NetManage, Inc. Following its acquisition, James joined NetManage as CTO for the Librados products group.

Prior to Librados, James was the vice president of product management for Insevo, a middleware company specializing in enterprise application integration. James also held senior product management, product marketing and consulting management positions at BEA Systems and SAP AG. James holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.


Yeturu Aahlad

Chief Scientist, Inventor & Co-Founder
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Yeturu Aahlad

Dr. Aahlad is a recognized world-wide authority on distributed computing where he currently holds 3 patents. It was Dr. Aahlad's vision and persistence that led to the invention of technology that many thought was impossible - that of active-active replication (WANdisco's patented DConE technology). Prior to WANdisco, Dr. Aahlad served as the distributed systems architect for iPlanet (Sun/Netscape Alliance) Application Server. At Netscape, Dr. Aahlad joined the elite team in charge of creating a new server platform based on the CORBA distributed object framework.

Prior to Sun/Netscape Dr. Aahlad worked on incorporating the CORBA security service into Fujitsu's Object Request Broker. Dr. Aahlad designed and implemented the CORBA event services while working on Sun's first CORBA initiative. Earlier in his career, Dr. Aahlad worked on a distributed programming language at IBM's Palo Alto Scientific Center.

Dr. Aahlad has a Ph.D in distributed computing from the University of Texas, Austin and a BS in EE from IIT Madras.


Karen Geary

Chief People Officer
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Karen Geary

Karen joined WANdisco in February 2014 and is responsible for Human Resources and Internal Communications.

She has more than 20 years of international HR and business transformation experience across a variety of industries, managing organisations through periods of large scale change, acquisition and integration.

Karen spent 15 years at The Sage Group plc, a FTSE 100 business and the world’s largest provider of business software to SME’s, where she was Group Human Resources Director and a member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to Sage, Karen was HR Director of Stena Line, the Swedish transport and leisure operator and her early career spent in blue chip global businesses.

In 2012, Karen appeared at number 26 in the UK’s ‘HR Most Influential’ list.


Robert Budas

Vice President of Product Management
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Robert Budas

Rob has over 28 years of experience within the software industry, and has been focused on the Software Configuration Management sector for the last 17 years. In 1995, Rob joined Atria Software as a Principal Engineer and worked through its acquisition by Rational Software in both Engineering and Sales roles. At the beginning of 2001, Rob became a Senior Product Manager for Rational ClearCase. Rational was acquired by IBM in 2003, and Rob left IBM in 2004. Prior to joining WANdisco in 2007, Rob was Senior Systems Engineer at mValent, Inc, and Senior Sales Engineer at Ketera Technologies. He is currently Vice President of Product Management at WANdisco.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Communications Science from the University of Michigan.


Peter Scott

Vice President of Worldwide Sales
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Peter Scott

Peter Scott has over 10 years of direct sales and sales management experience in both early stage startup and mature public technology companies. Prior to WANdisco, Peter was a member of the sales management team at Empirix's highly successful Web Business Unit, which was acquired by Oracle. Prior to Empirix, he was part of the sales management team at Vecta Software, a CRM and Business Intelligence software vendor, recognized as EMEA’s leading on-demand Sales Intelligence company. He began his career with Sales Dynamics a sales and marketing consulting company, helping early stage venture backed technology companies establish sales processes that enabled them to achieve aggressive revenue targets.

Prior to his career in technology sales, Peter spent six years in the British Army with the Royal Engineers. He was awarded the accumulated campaign service medal for serving over 1000 days in Northern Ireland.


Richard Fletcher

SVP of Engineering
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Richard Fletcher

Richard (or Fletch as he is known) has 20 years of experience in the software and telecommunication industry, and for the last 10 years in senior leadership roles.

Prior to joining WANDisco, Fletch spent 5 years with BT in a variety of leadership roles in its wholly owned businesses. He was Chief Operating Officer of Plusnet and led Sales, Product, Engineering, and Service Operation as the business doubled revenue over three years. Most latterly he was CIO at BT’s collaboration business BT Conferencing, and served as President of the US subsidiaries. At BT Conferencing he led on the selection, and integration of Dolby Voice into the product portfolio re-imagining the way audio meetings take place.

Prior to BT, Fletch was responsible for worldwide engineering at software and solutions provider SDL, and helped process a number technology acquisitions.

Fletch holds a degree in Politics from the University of Sheffield, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Management. He lives in San Ramon with his wife Ruth and three young children.


Jagane Sundar

CTO and VP Engineering, Big Data Products
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Jagane Sundar

Jagane Sundar has extensive big data, cloud, virtualization, and networking experience and joined WANdisco through its acquisition of AltoStor, a Hadoop-as-a-Service platform company. Before AltoStor, Jagane was founder and CEO of AltoScale, a Hadoop and HBase-as-a-Platform company acquired by VertiCloud. His experience with Hadoop began as Director of Hadoop Performance and Operability at Yahoo! Jagane has such accomplishments to his credit as the creation of Livebackup, an open source project for KVM VM backup, the development of a user mode TCP Stack for Precision I/O, the development of the NFS and PPP clients and parts of the TCP stack for JavaOS for Sun MicroSystems, and the creation and sale of a 32bit VxD based TCP Stack for Windows 3.1 to NCD Corporation for inclusion in PC-Xware. Jagane is currently a Member of the Technical Advisory Board of VertiCloud. Jagane received his B.E. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Anna University.


Dr. Konstantin V. Shvachko

Chief Architect
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Dr. Konstantin V. Shvachko

A veteran Hadoop developer and well-respected industry author and speaker, Konstantin Shvachko is a technical expert specializing in efficient data structures and algorithms for large-scale distributed storage systems. Konstantin joined WANdisco through the acquisition of AltoStor, a Hadoop-as-a-Service platform company, and prior to AltoStor, he was founder and Chief Scientist at AltoScale, a Hadoop and HBase-as-a-Platform company acquired by VertiCloud. Before AltoScale, Konstantin played a lead architectural role at eBay, building two generations of the organization’s Hadoop platform. Prior to eBay, as Principal Hadoop SE at Yahoo!, he worked on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Dozens of publications and presentations to Konstantin’s credit include those in the fields of Big Data Storage, Distributed Computing, Data Structures, Algorithms, Computational Complexity, and Database Theory. He is currently a member of the Apache Hadoop PMC. Konstantin has a Ph.D. in Computer Science and M.S. in Mathematics from Moscow State University, Russia.


Ian Wild

VP of Engineering for Software Development Tools
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Ian Wild

Ian Wild has been working in fast paced start-up businesses for over 15 years. During this time he has held senior roles within software development, customer support, product management and professional services delivery. Ian spent much of the 10 years before joining WANdisco at Plusnet, an Internet Service Provider based in the UK. During this time Ian was involved in an IPO and a number of acquisitions which saw the business grow from a handful of employees to over 200. Plusnet was acquired by BT in 2007 and Ian left early in 2009 to join WANdisco at their newly opened European HQ in Sheffield.


Larry Webster

Corporate Counsel
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Larry Webster

Larry has over 17 years of experience in the legal field, representing clients of all sizes, including numerous emerging growth companies, in a diverse array of industries ranging from hardware, software, semiconductor and telecommunications to new media, petrochemicals and professional services.

He joins WANdisco as its first General Counsel after working for years as outside counsel. Prior to joining WANdisco, Larry was Counsel in the Austin office of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where he provided advice and services to companies ranging from startups to multi-national Fortune 500 entities. His legal experience includes stints at another Silicon Valley firm, Gunderson, Dettmer, the Dallas law firm of Hughes & Luce, 8 years as a solo practitioner and some time at Northern Telecom.

Larry holds BS, BA and JD degrees from Brigham Young University and speaks conversational Cantonese.


Branko Čibej

Director of Subversion
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Branko Čibej

Brane joined the Subversion project in May 2000, after spending several years trying to manage SCM deployments using RCS and CVS, and finally coming to the conclusion that something better was needed. Luckily, he discovered Subversion in its early days and has been a dedicated subversive ever since. Recent excursions into internet video start-ups have reduced his code contributions somewhat, but that hasn't deterred him from sounding off on the development mailing list.

He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and Director of Subversion at WANdisco. He also has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry, which means that he can tell tall stories about the good old days when one could have a cup of coffee whilst waiting for terminal echo, and could slam down the phone without having to worry about warranty coverage.


Liam McLennan

Social Captain - Sheffield
Liam McLennan

We don't believe in the fad of company enforced fun, that stuff makes us cringe, but we do believe that teams that play, socialize and have some laughs together also work better together. So we have a social captain, a position that is open to all employees and is elected each quarter. The serving captain is tasked with organising team outings, social events and out-of-office adventures.

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Liam McLennan

Liam McLennan is a Support Engineer here at WANdisco, where he helps our customers to get the very most out of our products.

As Social Captain, Liam is hoping to organise a trip to a live stand-up comedy show as well as a tour of a local brewery.

In his spare time Liam enjoys dancing to Northern Soul, watching Football and drinking Real Ale which combine neatly into one hobby - going to the pub!

Jesse Feldman

Social Captain - San Ramon
Jesse Feldman

Jesse Feldman

Jesse Feldman, lovingly referred to as the Vanilla Gorilla here in San Ramon, is our Inside Sales Manager, responsible for building and leading the inside sales team as they help WANdisco grow.

As Social Captain, Jesse organized a Halloween costume contest and party, a white elephant Christmas gift exchange, and impressed everyone with his dance moves at the holiday outing in San Francisco.

In his spare time Jesse enjoys softball, snowboarding, fly fishing with his dad, attending Oakland A's, Raiders, and Warriors games, riding his Superhawk motorcycle and driving his classic 1963 Ford Fairlane 500.



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