Zach Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of NetSuite
Evan Goldberg, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer of NetSuite and Chairman of the NetSuite Board
Billy Beane, General Manager, the Oakland Athletics
Deborah Farrington, Founder and General Partner, StarVest Partners, L.P.
Catherine Kinney, Former New York Stock Exchange President
Kevin Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer, SolarWinds
Edward J. Zander, Former Motorola CEO and Sun Microsystems President
Steve Gomo, Former NetApp Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer, NetSuite
Zach Nelson has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the high-tech industry, where he has held a variety of executive positions spanning marketing, sales, product development and business strategy with leading companies including Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and McAfee/Network Associates. Nelson has been CEO of NetSuite since 2002. Nelson led NetSuite's successful IPO in 2007 and its rise from start-up to the industry's leading provider of cloud computing business management software suites in the world. He was named to 2013 Business Insider's 50 Most Powerful People In Enterprise Tech list, and to Fortune magazine's 2012 Businessperson of the Year list. Nelson holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Chairman of the Board, NetSuite
Mr. Goldberg spent eight years at Oracle Corporation, where he served as a vice president. He was involved in a variety of projects, all focused on making powerful database technology more accessible to users. When he left Oracle, he started mBED Software and built groundbreaking Web site technology. He founded NetSuite in 1998. Mr. Goldberg holds a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.
General Manager, the Oakland Athletics
Mr. Beane is the general manager of Major League Baseball, Oakland A's. Known for taking one of the most traditional businesses in America — professional baseball — and redefining its most basic tenets, Mr. Beane has leveraged the power of mathematics to manage his team by using sophisticated statistical analysis in addition to traditional "gut instinct." Mr. Beane's executive talents and the organisation's baseball philosophy were the subject of Michael Lewis' best-selling book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," which opened the eyes of many of the top sports executives and business CEOs from any industry or profession in the nation.
The Oakland Athletics have been a perennial postseason contender since Mr. Beane took over the general manager's duties in 1998, and in 2006 the team continued its winning ways by advancing to the American League Championship Series. The A's have compiled a 825-632- (.573) record over the last nine seasons, which is the second-best record in the American League and third best in all of baseball during that time frame, won three American League West titles (2000; 2002-03) and secured one AL Wild Card spot (2001). And they have done this all while having one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball.
In addition, Oakland A's players have won numerous individual accolades over the last eight seasons, including two American League Most Valuable Player awards, a pair of AL Rookie of the Year honors and one AL Cy Young Award. The organisation's farm system has also flourished under Mr. Beane. The A's have earned Organisation of the Year honors three times under Mr. Beane (1998 Topps; 1999 Baseball America, Topps, Howe Sports Data; 2004 Topps).
Mr. Beane joined the A's front office staff in 1990 as the club's major league advance scout. In 1993, he was promoted to the assistant general manager's position. And in late 1997 he assumed the general manager's duties.
Earlier in his career, he was a first round draft pick (23rd overall) of the New York Mets in the 1980 June Free Agent Draft. He played six major league seasons as an infielder, outfielder and catcher for the Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Oakland A's. His final season in uniform was 1989 when he was a utility player on the A's World Championship team. Mr. Beane retired as an active player in the spring of 1990.
Mr. Beane is a frequent speaker before some of the top companies in the nation. He also sits on the Board of Directors for a number of companies such as Riddell, the official helmet company of the NFL and PROTRADE, a sports entertainment company.
Deborah A. Farrington
Founder & General Partner, StarVest Partners, L.P.
Ms. Farrington is a founder and partner of StarVest Partners, L.P., a New York City based venture capital firm that invests in software, ecommerce and business services. Founded in 1998, StarVest has invested in 25 companies. Having served on the boards of many private and public companies previously, Ms. Farrington currently sits on the Boards of NetSuite, Fieldglass, ComparisonMarket (Insurance.com) and Perquest on behalf of StarVest. She is also a director and chairman of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).
Prior to founding StarVest, Ms. Farrington held positions including: President and CEO of Victory Ventures, LLC, a New York-based private equity investment firm; and Managing Director of Asian Oceanic Group, a Hong Kong-based merchant bank. Earlier in her career she was in management positions spanning international and domestic investment banking and securities analysis with Merrill Lynch & Co. based in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
She is a graduate of Smith College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Former New York Stock Exchange President
Catherine Kinney served as President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of the New York Stock Exchange from 2002 to 2007. Prior to her recent retirement from the NYSE Euronext, Ms. Kinney served as Group Executive Vice President and Head of Global Listings. She joined the NYSE in 1974 and rose steadily through the ranks, holding management positions in several divisions, including managing all client relationships, trading floor operations and technology from 1987 to 1996, and Regulation from 2002 to 2004.
Ms. Kinney is a member of the board of directors of Georgetown University and Catholic Charities. She served on the boards of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. from 2002 to 2004 and the Depository Trust Company from 2003 to 2007.
Ms. Kinney graduated magna cum laude from Iona College and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Fordham University, and Rosemont College.
President and Chief Executive Officer, SolarWinds
Kevin Thompson brings nearly 20 years of corporate finance, strategic planning and management experience to the NetSuite board. Mr. Thompson currently serves as president and chief executive officer at SolarWinds, a leading provider of Windows-based network management, network monitoring and network discovery software applications. Prior to SolarWinds, Mr. Thompson was senior vice president and chief financial officer at SAS, the largest privately held software company in the world. Before that, he was chief financial officer, treasurer, and an executive vice president of Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHT), the world's leading provider of Linux and open source solutions to the enterprise. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thompson served as a partner in the Global Technology Industry Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he managed operations, debt and equity offerings, and mergers and acquisitions for public and private technology companies.
Edward J. Zander
Former Motorola CEO and Sun Microsystems President
Edward J. Zander has spent more than 35 years in the technology sector. He has played a key role in shaping some of the major paradigm shifts in technology that impact the world today. These include the move from mainframes to minicomputers; minicomputers to workstations; PCs to networking and to the Internet; hardware to software; and the revolution in wireless devices and mobility.
Ed was most recently chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Motorola. During his four-year tenure, he made the RAZR the best-selling cell phone in history and reshaped Motorola's image worldwide with the popular "Hello Moto" campaign. He sharpened Motorola's edge in technology innovation; delivered on 12 consecutive quarters of revenue growth; streamlined the business to increase operating efficiencies worldwide; significantly improved the balance sheet and acquired and divested businesses to strengthen the company's competitive position. During his tenure, the company doubled its revenue and achieved double digit earnings for the first time in over a decade.
Prior to Motorola, Ed was president and chief operating officer of Sun Microsystems until 2002. During his 15 years at the company, he grew Sun to $18 billion in revenues; established the company as number one in the server market; and built it into the pre-eminent supplier of network software infrastructure with Solaris and Java. In addition, Ed was responsible for developing the "dot in dot com” campaign establishing Sun as a leader in Internet computing. Before Sun, Ed worked at Apollo Computer as vice president of marketing and at Data General in a number of marketing and engineering positions.
Ed was also managing director at Silver Lake Partners, a leading private equity fund, in 2003, and has served on the board of directors for several technology companies. Today he is a director of Netezza Corp., Seagate and NetSuite. Ed also served as chairman of the Technology CEO Council in Washington D.C. and has been on a number of civic and philanthropic boards. Ed is a member of the Board of Trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the School of Management at Boston University.
Ed received an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a master's degree in business administration as well as an honorary Ph.D. from Boston University.
Former NetApp Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Steve Gomo has more than 35 years' experience as a senior finance executive in the technology sector. Mr. Gomo was most recently the CFO and Executive Vice President of NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP), serving at the company from August 2002 until his recent retirement in December 2011. While at NetApp (formerly called Network Appliance), Mr. Gomo was instrumental in strengthening the company's financial performance and leading the company through exponential business growth and expansion, resulting in $5.1 billion in revenues in FY2011, more than 11,000 employees worldwide, and status as a Fortune 1000 company.
As the CFO of NetApp, Silicon Graphics and Gemplus International, Mr. Gomo was instrumental in strengthening financial performance, optimising the business model, and building credibility with the investor community. During his tenure at NetApp, Mr. Gomo helped guide the leading provider of innovative storage and data management solutions through strong growth, including a number of significant acquisitions and expansion to more than 130 offices worldwide.
In his 24 years at HP, Mr. Gomo served in various positions in finance, financial management, manufacturing and general management. One of his key positions during this period was as a sector controller for HP's hard-copy, mass-storage business, and PC business which generated revenues of $20 billion.
Mr. Gomo is currently serving on the board of directors of SanDisk, Enphase Energy, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation at Oregon State University. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.