INVESTORS

Board of Directors

  • David Richards

    DAVID RICHARDS Chairman, President, CEO and 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 20 years of 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 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.

  • Erik Miller

    ERIK MILLER Chief Financial Officer

    Erik E. Miller was the Chief Financial Officer of Envivio, Inc., a NASDAQ listed provider of video transcoding software from February 2010, to January 2016, following its acquisition by Ericsson AB. From January 2008 to July 2009, Mr. Miller served as Chief Financial Officer at SigNav Pty. Ltd., a component supplier to the wireless industry, where he was responsible for finance and administration functions; and from March 2006 to January 2008, Mr. Miller served as Chief Financial Officer at Tangler Pty. Ltd., a social networking company, where he was responsible for finance and administrative functions. Mr. Miller received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Grant Dollens

    GRANT DOLLENS Non-Executive Director

    Grant founded Global Frontier Investments, LLC  a long-term oriented global equities fund, in 2010, and serves as its portfolio manager.  Previously Grant was an investment analyst and member of the investment committee for Ayer Capital, a long/short equity healthcare fund, where he was focused on medical devices, diagnostics, healthcare services, biotechnology and pharmaceutical investments. Prior to Ayer, Grant was an associate in the healthcare group at BA Venture Partners (now Scale Ventures) where he sourced, evaluated and invested in private medical device, biotechnology, specialty pharmaceutical and healthcare service companies.  Before BA Venture Partners, Grant was an investment banking analyst in corporate finance at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown focused on the technology sector. 

    Grant received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, with majors in Analytical Finance, Management & Strategy, and Accounting. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. Grant is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.

  • Karl Monaghan

    KARL MONAGHAN Non-Executive Director

    Karl Monaghan is currently Managing Partner at Ashling Capital LLP, which he founded in December 2002, to provide consultancy services to both quoted and private companies.

    Prior to founding Ashling Capital, Mr. Monaghan has worked in Corporate Finance for Robert W Baird, Credit Lyonnais Securities, Bank of Ireland, Johnson Fry and BDO Stoy Hayward. Additionally, he trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Dublin and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin.

    Mr. Monaghan brings a wealth of capital markets and board experience and is currently a Non-executive Director of AIM companies CareTech Holdings plc and Sabien Technology Group plc.

  • Dr Yeturu Aahlad

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

    Dr. Aahlad is a recognized world-wide authority on distributed computing where he currently holds 28 patents. It was Dr. Aahlad's vision and years of 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.

Board Responsibilities and Committees

Board

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.

Board Committees

Audit Committee

Members: Karl Monaghan (Chair), Grant Dollens

The Board has established an audit committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities. It meets formally at least two 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

Remuneration Committee

Members: Karl Monaghan (Chair), Grant Dollens

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

Nomination Committee

Members: Karl Monaghan (Chair), Grant Dollens, David Richards, Erik Miller

The Board has established a nomination committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities. It meets at least twice 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.