Pure Storage® is fortunate to be led by some of the brightest and most experienced minds in the storage and flash memory industries. They're focused on building the next great storage company – and transforming the landscape of enterprise storage in the process.

Pure Storage Executive Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Charlie Giancarlo

Charlie Giancarlo has served as CEO of Pure Storage since August 2017.  He has a three-decade track record of driving growth and innovation at leading global technology companies.  Before joining Pure, Charlie served as Managing Director, Head of Value Creation and later Senior Advisor at Silver Lake Partners from 2007 to 2015, where he focused on business improvement and investment opportunities across strategic and operational initiatives for Silver Lake’s portfolio companies.

Prior to Silver Lake, for over a decade Charlie served in senior executive roles at Cisco Systems, including Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer.  At Cisco, Charlie led Cisco’s multi-product growth, and was at the forefront of the Company’s R&D efforts for all product lines, with entry into new markets, including IP Telephony, WiFi, VPNs, TelePresence, and the SMB market.

Charlie received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Brown University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  

Scott Dietzen

Scott Dietzen is Chairman of the Board of Pure Storage and served as the Company’s CEO from 2010 to 2017. Under his leadership as CEO, Pure grew to thousands of employees and completed an IPO in 2015. Dietzen is a four-time successful entrepreneur with WebLogic, Zimbra, and Transarc. Before Pure, he was President and CTO of Zimbra, a vendor of open source messaging and collaboration software. Zimbra (now part of VMware) was a pioneer of the Web 2.0 and Open Core paradigms. Zimbra was originally acquired by Yahoo!, where Dietzen served as interim SVP of Communications and Communities. Prior to Zimbra, Dietzen was CTO of BEA Systems, where he helped craft the technology and business strategy for WebLogic that drove BEA from $61m in annual revenues prior to the WebLogic acquisition to over $1B.

Dietzen came to BEA in 1998 via the acquisition of WebLogic, an innovator in Java and web application server technology. Prior to WebLogic, Dietzen was Principal Technologist of Transarc (acquired by IBM), a developer of distributed transaction and file sharing systems. Dietzen has made appearances on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business and NBC’s Press:Here, among others. He has also been a contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

John "Coz" Colgrove

John "Coz" Colgrove was one of the founding engineers at VERITAS Software (merged with Symantec in 2005), where his 20-year career culminated as Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for the company's Data Center Management Group. Coz was the primary architect for the hugely successful VERITAS Volume Manager (VxVM) and VERITAS File System (VxFS), and later served in various other engineering, management, and consultative roles. During his time at VERITAS Coz became one of the industry's foremost experts on optimizing I/O streams and data structures for the unique idiosyncrasies of rotational hard drives, a challenge he's now re-solving for solid state Flash memory. Prior to VERITAS, Coz was with Amdahl Corporation, where he was a key contributor to the development of the UTS mainframe UNIX operating system kernel. After leaving Symantec in 2008 to pursue personal interests, he joined Sutter Hill Ventures in the role of Entrepreneur in Residence. It was there he observed the growing acceptance of solid-state storage by enterprises that led him to co-found Pure Storage with John Hayes, with the goal of fully exploiting the advantages of the new technology. Coz is a graduate of Rutgers University, and holds over 70 patents in the areas of computer system and reliable data storage design.

Aneel Bhusri

Aneel Bhusri is a Partner at Greylock and Co-Founder and Chief Executive at Workday. Aneel joined Greylock in 1999 from PeopleSoft, where he was named vice chairman after several years as the company's senior vice president in charge of product strategy, business development and marketing. At PeopleSoft, he was responsible for developing and guiding all product strategy, corporate and product marketing. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of science and arts in electrical engineering and economics from Brown University. Aneel currently serves on the Boards of Cloudera, Data Robotics, Pure Storage and Workday. Aneel is the former Chairman of Data Domain (acquired by EMC). In addition to PeopleSoft, Aneel formerly served on the boards of PolyServe (acquired by HP), Corio (acquired by IBM), Outlooksoft (acquired by SAP), Marimba (acquired by BMC Software), Perfigo (acquired by Cisco), SeeBeyond, (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and Vantive (acquired by PeopleSoft). Aneel was named to the Forbes Midas List in 2009 (#8) and 2008 (#16) and to the AlwaysOn Top 100 List of VCs in 2009.

Mark Garrett

Mark Garrett is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Adobe Systems Incorporated. With more than 25 years of financial management experience in the technology sector, Garrett has worked with many of the industry's leading companies. Before joining Adobe in 2007, Garrett served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Software Group of EMC Corporation. From 2002 to 2004 and from 1997 to 1999, Garrett served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Documentum, Inc., including throughout its acquisition by EMC in December 2003. Garrett currently serves on the board of directors of Model N, Inc. He earned a BS in accounting and marketing from Boston University and an MBA from Marist College.

Anita Sands

Anita Sands has served on our board of directors since July 2015. From April 2012 to September 2013, Dr. Sands served as Group Managing Director and Head of Change Leadership and a member of the Wealth Management Americas Executive Committee of UBS Financial Services, a global financial services firm. From April 2010 to April 2012, Dr. Sands served as Group Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Wealth Management Americas at UBS Financial Services. From October 2009 to April 2010, Dr. Sands served as Transformation Consultant at UBS Financial Services. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Sands served as Managing Director, Head of Transformation Management at Citigroup’s Global Operations and Technology organization.

Prior to that, Dr. Sands also held several leadership positions with RBC Financial Group and CIBC. Dr. Sands currently serves on the board of directors of Symantec Corporation, ServiceNow, Inc. and a non-profit organization. Dr. Sands earned a B.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Frank Slootman

Frank Slootman has served on the ServiceNow board of directors since May 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since October 2016. Mr. Slootman served as Chief Executive Officer and President of ServiceNow from 2011 to 2017. From January 2011 to April 2011, Slootman served as a partner with Greylock Partners, and served as an advisor to EMC Corporation from January 2011 to February 2012. From July 2009 to January 2011, he served as President of the Backup Recovery Systems Division at EMC. From July 2003 to July 2009, Slootman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Data Domain, Inc., which was acquired by EMC in 2009. Prior to joining Data Domain, Slootman served as an executive at Borland Software Corporation from June 2000 to June 2003. From March 1993 to June 2000, Slootman held consecutive general management positions for two enterprise software divisions of Compuware Corporation. Slootman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics from the Netherlands School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Mike Speiser

Mike Speiser is currently a Managing Director at Sutter Hill Ventures. Mike joined Sutter Hill in 2008 from Yahoo!, where he was vice president of community products including Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Profiles and Bix. Mike joined Yahoo! in February 2007 through the acquisition of Bix, where he served as president and CEO. Prior to co-founding Bix, Mike served as vice president and technical advisor to Symantec Chairman & CEO, John Thompson. Previously, he was vice president of product marketing and product management at VERITAS, which was acquired by Symantec. Mike also co-founded Epinions.com, worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and was an analyst with CS First Boston. Mike holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar, and a B.A. from the University of Arizona.

Mike Volpi

Mike Volpi is a Partner at Index Ventures in the San Francisco office, focusing on investments in the Enterprise Software and Consumer Internet companies. He also contributes to the firm's later stage growth fund and he currently serves on the boards of Path, Sonos, Lookout, Hortonworks, Soundcloud, Big Switch Networks, Zuora, Foodily, and Storsimple. Mike is also on the board of Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC). Mike was previously a Director of Cloud.com (now part of Citrix).

Mike began his career at Hewlett Packard's optoelectronics division. He then moved to Cisco Systems where he was Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Routing and Service Provider Technology Group, where he led Cisco's business for the Service Provider market, and was also responsible for all of Cisco's routing and access products. In 2007, this was an $11 billion business for Cisco. Mike also served as the company's Chief Strategy Officer, where he was responsible for Cisco's corporate strategy as well as business development, strategic alliances, advanced Internet projects, legal services, and government affairs. During this tenure, Mike was instrumental in the creation of the company's acquisition and investment strategies, as Cisco acquired more than 70 companies during his tenure.

He has master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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