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 Brocade Corporate Profile - BRCD


Founded in 1995, Brocade is an industry leader in providing reliable, high-performance network solutions that help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a virtualized world where applications and information reside anywhere.


Today, Brocade is extending its proven data center expertise across the entire network with future-proofed solutions built for consolidation, network convergence, virtualization, and cloud computing.


Headquartered in San Jose, California, the company has approximately 4000 employees worldwide and serves a wide range of industries and customers in more than 160 countries. With a complete family of Ethernet, storage, and converged networking solutions, Brocade helps organizations achieve their most critical business objectives through:


    Unmatched simplicity to overcome today's complexity

    Non-stop networking to maximize business uptime

    Optimized applications to increase business agility and gain a competitive advantage

    Investment protection to provide a smooth transition to new technologies while leveraging existing infrastructure


Brocade combines a proven track record of expertise, innovation, and new technology development with open standards leadership and strategic partnerships with the world's leading IT companies. This extensive partner ecosystem enables truly best-in-class business solutions.


To ensure a comprehensive solution, Brocade also provides a full range of education, support, and professional services offerings.



Worldwide Offices


With approximately 4000 employees worldwide, Brocade serves a wide range of industries and customers in more than 160 countries. Discover how Brocade can help your organization achieve its most critical business objectives. Contact a Brocade office near you to learn more about Brocade, our solutions, partner programs, and service offerings.






Executive Profiles



Lloyd Carney

Chief Executive Officer










Lloyd Carney is the chief executive officer and a member of the Brocade board of directors. As CEO, Carney is responsible for executing the Company’s vision and strategy to lead the networking industry through its next phase of evolution that will be defined by data center virtualization, cloud computing and software networking.


Before joining Brocade, Carney was CEO and member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a technology leader in the data center virtualization market with solutions for cloud computing and software-defined networking. Previous to that, Carney was CEO of Micromuse, Inc., a networking management software company which became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Carney also has extensive experience in the IP networking industry. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Juniper Networks where he oversaw the engineering, product management and manufacturing divisions. Carney also served as President of the Core IP, Wireless Internet and the Enterprise divisions at Nortel Networks, which generated multi-billion dollars in revenue. Before this, Carney was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Business Unit at Bay Networks.


Carney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute and a Master of Science degree in Applied Business Management from Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.



Dan Fairfax

Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer









Dan Fairfax was named Chief Financial Officer and VP of Finance in June 2011 and has responsibility for the company's financial processes and reporting, as well as global real estate and facilities. Fairfax joined Brocade in 2008, as the result of the Company's acquisition of Foundry Networks, where he served as CFO. Fairfax joined Foundry Networks in May 2006, and has more than 25 years of senior financial and operations management experience.


Prior to joining Foundry Networks, Fairfax served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GoRemote Internet Communications. He also served as Chief Financial Officer of Ironside Technologies, Inc.; ACTA Technology; and NeoVista Software. Before that, Fairfax held senior financial management and operations positions at Siemens and Spectra-Physics.


Fairfax holds a BA in Economics from Whitman College and an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a Certified Public Accountant in California with an inactive license.




Ken Cheng

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business









As Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business, Ken Cheng leads Brocade’s technology strategy, software networking solutions, key business initiatives, M&A and investment portfolio as it focuses on the evolving data center infrastructure within enterprises, cloud service providers and Federal markets. Previously at Brocade, Cheng served as Vice President, Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group since 2010. In this role, he drove the overall vision, strategy and execution of the Brocade advanced routing, application delivery and software networking business.


Cheng joined Brocade in 2008 through the company’s acquisition of Foundry Networks where he held various executive management positions during his 12-year tenure. Prior to Foundry, Cheng served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Engineering for DG Systems (now DG FastChannel), a content distribution network company that operates the largest network designed specifically for media distribution. Cheng also held senior engineering management positions at Network Equipment Technologies (NET) and Bell Northern Research (later Nortel Labs).


Cheng has a BS in Applied Mathematics from Queen's University (Canada), an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Certificate in Music from the Royal Academy of Music (England).




Jeff Lindholm

SVP, Worldwide Sales and Field Operations









As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations, Jeff Lindholm owns the development of the company’s overall sales strategy and leads the global sales, services and support organization. He is focused on implementing strategies to expand the company’s customer base and take advantage of new business opportunities in today’s networking industry.


With more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry, Lindholm has held a number of sales and marketing leadership positions at networking and telecommunications technology companies. At Juniper Networks, he served in key executive roles, including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales as well as Chief Marketing Officer. Most recently, Lindholm served as the Senior Vice President of Field Operations at Arbor Networks, a provider of network security and management solutions for enterprise and service provider networks.


Lindholm holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.




Tyler Wall

Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary









As Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Tyler Wall is responsible for all aspects of the company's legal department functions, practices, and policies. His executive experience includes a focus on technology licensing and distribution agreements; mergers and acquisitions; financing; commercial transactions and agreements; domestic and international corporate affairs; and public company reporting.


Prior to Brocade, Wall served at Chordiant Software, Inc. as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Before that, he worked at Oracle Corporation as Corporate Counsel for the Commercial Licensing and Distribution group in Oracle's Legal department.


Wall has a BS in Economics from the University of Utah, a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and an MBA from Santa Clara University School of Business.





Paul Martin

VP, Worldwide Systems Engineering, Support and Services









Paul Martin has been with Brocade since October 2010 and currently holds the title of Vice President, Worldwide Systems Engineering, Support and Services. Prior to this role, Martin served as Brocade's Vice President of Worldwide Global Services, and Vice President of Technical Support Operations.


He has more than 25 years of engineering and technical support experience, including serving as the VP of Engineering at CNT and McData following that company's acquisition of CNT. Prior to this, Martin served as Executive VP of Engineering and Support Operations at Calabrio, a VoIP company, where he was responsible for providing support and services for a worldwide installed base of over 750,000 IP-based voice and networking solutions. He has been awarded two patents in the area of VoIP.


Martin has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana and Executive MBA from the University of Minnesota.




Carol Goode

Vice President, Human Resources









As vice president of Human Resources, Carol Goode is responsible for leading Brocade’s global talent strategies, to help create and develop a high-performing organization that focuses on making our customers successful.


Goode has more than 20 years of business experience in human resource management, serving in executive leadership and consulting roles for all types of companies, from high-tech start-ups to divisional and corporate leadership roles in four Fortune 100 companies. She previously served as VP Human Resources at Bay Networks/Nortel Networks, and led World Wide Human Resources at O.R. Technology and Seagate Technology.


At various stages of her career, Goode has worked in and managed nearly every HR discipline, with demonstrated experience crafting compensation and incentive plans to expedite product development cycles and create customized performance management systems for motivating engineering teams and entire organizations. She is adept at reengineering organizations and creating the optimal infrastructure to help organizations scale efficiently for growth.


Goode has an MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.




Parviz Ghalambor

Senior Vice President of Engineering









Parviz Ghalambor is responsible for the research and development of all Brocade SAN and IP products globally, a position he has held since 2007. He was previously Senior Director of Engineering at Rhapsody Networks, which was acquired by Brocade in 2003.


Ghalambor has over 30 years of engineering management experience, and he has pioneered the design and development of a broad range of technologies, including mainframes, ATM systems, IP networking and storage networking systems. Prior to joining Brocade, he was Senior Director of Engineering at AccessLan Communications. He also held technical management positions at Synoptics and Unisys.


Ghalambor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.



Jason Nolet

Vice President, Data Center Switching and Routing









As Vice President of Brocade's Data Center Switching and Routing business, Jason Nolet is responsible for defining the company's vision, strategy and execution plans to drive the company's business results for all IP/Ethernet data center switching and routing products, as well as network management and cloud orchestration solutions. He joined Brocade in 2009, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in the networking industry.


Prior to Brocade, Nolet held a variety of executive positions at Cisco during a 13-year period. He was most recently Vice President of Engineering, leading product development for a wide range of security products and solutions. Prior to Cisco, Nolet spent more than a decade in engineering leadership roles at Stratus Computer, AT&T Global Information Systems, and NCR Corporation.


Nolet has a BS in Business Administration and Information Systems from San Diego State University.




Gale England

Senior Vice President, Operations









As senior vice president of Operations, Gale England is responsible for driving operational efficiencies in global programs, manufacturing, global real estate, procurement and IT services. He is tasked with improving customer advocacy, streamlining internal processes and leveraging company resources for the effective delivery of Brocade's world-class products and services.


With more than 35 years' experience in the technology industry, England has held leadership and executive leadership roles across numerous departments, including engineering, customer service, and operations. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Global Operations and Quality at Grass Valley LLC., where he managed the rollout of services and technologies that improved the company’s manufacturing, ordering, logistics, supply chain and quality processes. He has also held senior positions at Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, Sonus Networks and Numetrix Technologies.


England holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from California State University, Chico, as well as Technical and Professional Management Certifications from Boston University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.




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