• Executive Leadership

  • Leadership Team
  • Board of Directors
    • David Hughes

      Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board

      David Hughes founded Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital.

      David Hughes founded Silver Peak Systems in 2004 after a year as Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. Through 2013 Hughes drove innovation as CTO, and then more recently, as CEO he has led Silver Peak beyond WAN optimization into the emerging SD-WAN market.  Prior to Silver Peak, Hughes was a vice president and general manager at BlueLeaf Networks (2000-2002), where his team developed a unique network switching and transmission system. From 1996 to 2000, Hughes held several positions at Cisco Systems, including director of system architecture for the BPX and MGX product lines, and senior director of product management for the Multi-Service Switching Business Unit. Earlier, Hughes was a key engineering contributor at StrataCom, an early pioneer in frame relay and ATM, which was acquired by Cisco in 1996. Before StrataCom, David worked as an engineer for BNR Japan/Northern Telecom Japan Inc.

      Hughes has been awarded more than 50 patents in areas including data acceleration, routing and packet switching, control and scheduling algorithms. Hughes earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wollongong University, Australia, and holds a BE in Electrical Engineering from Auckland University, New Zealand.

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    • Damon Ennis

      Senior Vice President, Products

      Damon Ennis leads the strategy, design, and execution of Silver Peak products. Damon is responsible for the global product organization, including product management, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations.

      Damon Ennis leads the strategy, design, and execution of Silver Peak products. Damon is responsible for the global product organization, including product management, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations. Prior to Silver Peak, he served as senior director of systems engineering and chief technologist at CIENA. Before that, Damon was in senior management and technical roles at FORE Systems. Damon holds an MS in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware.

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    • Chris Helfer

      Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances

      Chris Helfer leads all aspects of leveraging and expanding go-to-market initiatives with strategic alliances and has been with Silver Peak since 2006.

      Chris Helfer leads all aspects of leveraging and expanding go-to-market initiatives with strategic alliances and has been with Silver Peak since 2006. Prior to Silver Peak Chris served as VP Sales and Business Development at Siliquent Technologies (acquired by Broadcom). Prior to that, Chris held sales management roles at both Cisco Systems and StrataCom (acquired by Cisco) leading sales teams to success in both enterprise and service provider sales. Chris is a graduate of Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering with a BS in Industrial Engineering.

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    • Lisa McGill

      Chief Human Resources Officer

      Lisa McGill leads the Silver Peak human resources team and all aspects of the company’s most important resource – it’s people. Lisa is focused on ensuring the ongoing alignment of the company’s culture and business strategy.

      Lisa McGill leads the Silver Peak human resources team and all aspects of the company’s most important resource – it’s people. Lisa is focused on ensuring the ongoing alignment of the company’s culture and business strategy. Prior to Silver Peak, Lisa served as the chief human resources officer at CrowdStrike where she helped grow the company to more than 2,000 employees earned multi-year recognition as a Great Place to Work from Fortune Magazine and was instrumental to the company’s successful IPO. Prior to that, Lisa served as chief human resources officer at Fortinet, Brocade Communications and Foundry Networks where she implemented effective learning and leadership development frameworks, utilizing advanced data analytics and assessment tools. Lisa holds an MBA from Pepperdine University from the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management and a BS in business management from the University of Phoenix.

    • Allen Seto

      Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

      Allen Seto serves as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and is responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Mr.

      Allen Seto serves as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and is responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Mr. Seto brings more than 15 years of experience to Silver Peak, previously providing legal advice to industry leading technology companies including ShoreTel, Inc., Taleo Corporation, Oracle Corporation and SYNNEX Corporation. Mr. Seto started his legal career at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He received his JD degree from UCLA School of Law and received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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    • Rick Valentine

      Chief Customer Officer

      Rick Valentine leads all aspects of customer success, satisfaction and retention, currently representing more than 3,000 customers around the world.

      Rick Valentine leads all aspects of customer success, satisfaction and retention, currently representing more than 3,000 customers around the world. Prior to Silver Peak, Valentine served as chief customer officer at Symantec Inc./Veritas Software leading customer success for the technical support software portfolio spanning consumer and enterprise customers across 11 global locations and 15+ languages, including a team of 1,500 worldwide associates. Prior to that, Valentine served as general manager of employee management solutions at Intuit and vice president and general manager of Sage SaaS and Cloud services at Sage Software. Earlier, Valentine served in various executive assignments at Major Account Payroll Service, National Account Services and ADP. Valentine is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University.

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    • John Vincenzo

      Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

      Leveraging his 20 years of strategic high-tech marketing experience, John oversees all aspects of Silver Peak’s integrated marketing programs.

      Leveraging his 20 years of strategic high-tech marketing experience, John oversees all aspects of Silver Peak’s integrated marketing programs. He joined Silver Peak from Embrane where he helped the start-up company establish itself as a pioneer in the software-defined networking and application-centric networking space. Prior to Embrane, John was vice president of Global Marketing at 3Com Corporation. John also has held several marketing and communications positions with companies including Verizon Communications, Level 3 Communications and Genuity, a leading managed Internet service provider (formerly BBN).

      John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in communications from Emerson College in Boston.

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    • Eric Yeaman

      Chief Financial Officer

      Eric Yeaman has served as Chief Financial Officer since joining Silver Peak in 2005. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Turnstone Systems.

      Eric Yeaman has served as Chief Financial Officer since joining Silver Peak in 2005. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Turnstone Systems. Eric has held various senior financial positions at Atheros Communications, Atmosphere Networks (acquired by Ditech Communications), Whitetree Networks (acquired by Ascend Communications), and KPMG. Mr. Yeaman became a CPA in 1995.

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    • Ian Whiting

      President, Global Field Operations

      Ian Whiting leads all aspects of global field operations, spanning direct and indirect sales, sales operations and go-to-market with channel and service provider partners.

      Ian Whiting leads all aspects of global field operations, spanning direct and indirect sales, sales operations and go-to-market with channel and service provider partners. Prior to Silver Peak, Ian served as president of Ruckus Networks where he led worldwide sales, marketing, services and support during a time when the business doubled in revenue. Prior to that, Ian served in senior executive roles at Egnyte, Fusion-io, Riverbed and Brocade Communications. Ian holds a B.A. in French and German from the University of Wales and a master’s degree in European business management from Cranfield University.

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    • Andy Rachleff

      Benchmark Capital

      Andy has been at Benchmark Capital for 10 years, evaluating new investments and providing guidance to portfolio companies.

      Andy has been at Benchmark Capital for 10 years, evaluating new investments and providing guidance to portfolio companies. Andy also serves as a lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and serves as a member of the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and as an overseer for its School of Engineering and Applied Science.

    • Roger Evans

      Greylock Partners

      Roger joined Greylock in 1989. His areas of focus include communications hardware, software, systems and services.

      Roger joined Greylock in 1989. His areas of focus include communications hardware, software, systems and services. Roger came to Greylock after a successful career as the CEO of Micom Systems, a Greylock sponsored company he and a partner started in 1976.

    • John Cadeddu

      Duff Ackerman & Goodrich LLC.

      Prior to joining DAG in 1999, John was a Managing Director at Amsterdam Pacific, an investment bank specializing in media and telecommunications.

      Prior to joining DAG in 1999, John was a Managing Director at Amsterdam Pacific, an investment bank specializing in media and telecommunications. While at Amsterdam Pacific Corporation, John worked with BBU Mezzanine Fund I and BBU Mezzanine Fund II, where he sourced, supported and exited mezzanine investments across a number of industries. Previously, John worked at Octel Communications (now Lucent Technologies) and Tandem Computers (now H-P) in Marketing and Strategic Planning roles. He also worked at JP Morgan in both capital markets and corporate finance.

    • Robert J. Finocchio, Jr.

      Robert is a corporate director, private investor, part-time professor, and consultant. Since September 2000, Mr. Finocchio has been a dean’s executive professor at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

      Robert is a corporate director, private investor, part-time professor, and consultant. Since September 2000, Mr. Finocchio has been a dean’s executive professor at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. He currently is a director at Altera, Echelon, Intransa, and CaseCentral Corporation. He previously served as Chairman of the Board and served as President and CEO of Informix Corporation, and held various positions at 3Com Corporation, most recently serving as President.

    • Tim McAdam

      TCV

      Tim joined TCV in 2010 and focuses on investments in the enterprise software, security, and tech-enabled services markets.

      Tim joined TCV in 2010 and focuses on investments in the enterprise software, security, and tech-enabled services markets. His current investments include Alarm.com where he is Chairman of the Board (NASDAQ: ALRM), Avalara (NASDAQ: AVLR), FinancialForce, Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD), and Silver Peak. His prior investments include Splunk (NASDAQ: SPLK) and TOA Technologies (acquired by Oracle).

      Tim was previously a partner at Trinity Ventures, a leading early- to mid-stage venture capital firm, where he focused on investments in the software and security sectors. Prior to Trinity, Tim was a vice president at GTCR in Chicago. He started his career in the early 1990s at TA Associates in Boston.

      Tim received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College.