Board of Directors

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    DAVID RICHARDS President, CEO & Co-Founder

    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 WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE) and shortly after the acquisition of AltoStor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market.

    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 and successfully exited several highly successful silicon valley technology companies. David was the founder & CEO of Librados, an application integration software provider, and led the company’s acquisition by NASDAQ listed NetManage, Inc. in 2005.

    David currently serves as a non-executive director and interim non-executive chairman of London Stock Exchange listed 1Spatial plc.

    David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. David holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Huddersfield.

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    JAMES CAMPIGLI COO, Head of Marketing & Co-Founder

    James has over 25 years of software industry experience at both early-stage and public companies. In his current role James is responsible for overseeing WANdisco's product strategy. 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.

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    PAUL HARRISON Chief Financial Officer

    Prior to joining WANdisco in September 2013, Paul spent over 16 years with The Sage Group plc; the world’s largest provider of business software to SME’s 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 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. Paul is also a Non-executive Director of Ascential plc, an international business-to-business media company. He joined in January 2016 and chairs Ascential’s Audit Committee.

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

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    DR. YETURU AAHLAD Chief Scientist, Inventor & Co-Founder

    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.

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    ROBERT BUDAS VP Big Data Engineering

    Rob has over 31 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 Big Data Engineering at WANdisco.

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

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    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.

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    KEITH GRAHAM SVP Worldwide Sales

    Keith has over 25 years international experience in the enterprise software industry.

    Prior to joining WANdisco in June 2014, he spent nine years with TIBCO Software in Asia Pacific including serving for over five years as Regional Vice President & Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand. Keith worked at Librados as Vice President EMEA where he was part of the founding team from start-up until the acquisition by NetManage. Before Librados, he was a Regional Director at Reuters Plc. where he was responsible for Reuters $100m+ software solutions business across over 20 countries within Europe.

    Keith holds an MA in Management Science and Information Systems Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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    PETER SCOTT SVP Business Development

    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.

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    MARK KELLY SVP Global Support

    Mark Kelly joined WANdisco in 2012 and has over 10 years’ experience leading Corporate and Enterprise Service organisations. Mark was a senior member of the UK ISP Plusnet, building and managing their Business and Corporate Services function. Following the acquisition of Plusnet in 2007 by the UK's biggest telecoms provider BT, Mark headed the hugely successful Business and Corporate team, delivering multimillion £ technical services to FTSE 100 companies across BT Group.

    Prior to joining BT, Mark spent 23 years with the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC in Northern Ireland. He was awarded the RUC Service Medal and the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Board Responsibilities and Committees


The role of the Board is to provide leadership of the Group and to set strategic aims but within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be managed. The Board has agreed the schedule of matters reserved for its decision which includes ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place to meet its obligations to its shareholders and others. It also approves acquisitions and disposals of businesses, major capital expenditure and annual financial budgets and recommends interim and final dividends. It receives recommendations from the Audit Committee in relation to the appointment of the auditor, its remuneration and the policy relating to non-audit services. The Board agrees the framework for Executive Directors’ remuneration with the Remuneration Committee and determines fees paid to Non-executive Directors. Recommendations for the appointment of new Directors are received from the Nomination Committee.

Members: Ian Duncan (Chair), Paul Walker

The Board has established an audit committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities. It meets formally at least four times a year and otherwise as required. It is responsible for monitoring the financial integrity of the Company, ensuring that the financial performance of the Group is properly reported on and monitored, including reviews of the annual and interim accounts, results announcements, internal control systems and procedures, risk management and accounting policies, advising on the appointment of external auditors, reviewing the effectiveness and objectivity of the external audit and the Auditor’s independence and reviewing and monitoring the extent of the non-audit services undertaken by external auditors.

View our Audit Committee Terms of Reference
Members: Paul Walker (Chair), Ian Duncan

The Board has established a remuneration committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities. It meets not less than four times a year and at such other times as required. Executive Directors may attend meetings at the committee’s invitation. It is responsible for setting, reviewing and recommending overall remuneration policy and strategy and reviewing and approving remuneration arrangements for executive directors and senior management including, where appropriate, bonuses, incentives, pension rights and compensation payments. The remuneration of Non-executive Directors is a matter for the Board. No Director is involved in any discussions as to their own remuneration.

View our Remuneration Committee Terms of Reference
Members: Paul Walker (Chair), Ian Duncan

The Board has established a nomination committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities. It meets not less than once a year and at such other times as required. It is responsible for reviewing the structure, size and composition of the Board and its Committees including the balance of skills, knowledge and experience and the state of the business and its leadership needs, and gives full consideration to succession planning. It also has responsibility for identifying and recommending new appointments to the Board and keeps under review the time commitment expected from the Chairman and non-executive Directors.

View our Nomination Committee Terms of Reference.