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LEADERSHIP

Our Leadership

The WekaIO leadership team has a long legacy of storage expertise. With the rapid adoption of cloud computing, the team seized an opportunity to reinvent how storage is provisioned in the datacenter.

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Liran Zvibel

Co-Founder & CEO

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Omri Palmon

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

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Richard Dyke

VP of Sales

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Barbara Murphy

VP of Marketing

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Maor Ben-Dayan

Co-Founder & Chief Architect

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Nir Makovski

VP of Engineering

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Mujahid Malik

Chief Financial Officer

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Liran Zvibel

Co-Founder & CEO

As Co-Founder and CEO, Mr. Liran Zvibel guides long term vision and strategy at WekaIO. Prior to creating the opportunity at WekaIO, he ran engineering at social startup and Fortune 100 organizations including Fusic, where he managed product definition, design and development for a portfolio of rich social media applications.

Liran also held principal architectural responsibilities for the hardware platform, clustering infrastructure and overall systems integration for XIV Storage System, acquired by IBM in 2007.

Mr. Zvibel holds a BSc.in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

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Omri Palmon

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Dr. Omri Palmon, a technology veteran for more than 30 years, brings his extensive background in software development, research and product management to WekaIO. Previously he was VP of Marketing and Product for XIV, a storage start-up, until its acquisition by IBM in 2008. Later he served as part of the IBM/XIV team until it reached half a billion dollars in sales.

Before that Dr. Palmon held various technical and product-centric positions in telecommunications and embedded software development.

Dr. Palmon earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University and MSc. and BSc. degrees in pure mathematics from Tel Aviv University.

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Richard Dyke

VP of Sales

As Vice President of Sales, Richard is responsible for overseeing all sales and go-to-market activities worldwide for WekaIO.

Richard is a veteran of the storage industry, bringing more than 25 years of sales experience. Richard started his career at EMC during its infancy where he remained for 15 years, eventually running EMC’s entire West Coast sales operations. Richard has held leadership positions at Hedvig Inc., Violin Memory, Riverbed, Storage Networks, and medical startup Stentor (Acquired by Philips).

Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Massachusetts.

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Barbara Murphy

VP of Marketing

Barbara Murphy brings over 20 years of marketing leadership for storage systems to her role as Vice President of Marketing for WekaIO. Prior to joining the company, she was VP of Marketing for the Converged Infrastructure business unit at HGST where she led the marketing efforts for HGST’s emerging cloud infrastructure products.

Prior to that, she was the Chief Marketing Officer for Panasas, a leading provider of high performance scale-out storage systems targeting media and entertainment, life sciences and computer aided engineering. Ms. Murphy was part of the 3ware team who pioneered Serial ATA in enterprise storage. After the successful acquisition by AMCC, Ms. Murphy served as a Senior Vice President for its Storage Division.

Murphy holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Limerick, Ireland, an MBA from Santa Clara University and a Masters in International Relations from Victoria University, New Zealand.

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Maor Ben-Dayan

Co-Founder & Chief Architect

As a co-founder at WekaIO, Maor Ben-Dayan, brings a wide ranging skillset to the opportunities facing the company, skills won over nearly 20 years of deep technical experience in startup and large corporate environments.

As project lead for IBM’s XIV Storage System, Mr. Ben-Dayan led a team of engineers developing future capabilities for the IBM XIV Storage platform. Maor also led development of state-of-the-art collision avoidance technology at segment leader Mobileye and led a team developing Unix kernel code through all stages of development from requirements through research, development and intensive testing under severe schedule pressure and very high quality standards for the Israeli Defense Forces.

He holds Master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BSc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

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Nir Makovski

VP of Engineering

Nir Makovski joined WekaIO as a seasoned software executive with broad global experience and proven track record of inventing and developing complex high volume products. He has developed deep domain expertise in mobile devices, wireless communication systems and telecommunications.

This expertise was acquired in part over ten years as a senior member of the technical staff at Intel, where Makovski led complex projects adroitly across organizations and geographies where he developed a reputation as an execution-driven manager with a strong sense of urgency and strong leadership, mentoring and communication skills.

Prior to Intel, Nir served as a Group Manager with the rank of Major in the Israeli Defense Forces with responsibility for technology development in the areas of highly reliable systems, networking, security and operating system internals.

He holds an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University and a BSc. Computer Engineering from the prestigious Technion-Machon Technologi Le’Israel.

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Mujahid Malik

Chief Financial Officer

Mujahid Malik has gathered more than 18 years of progressive experience in start-ups and publicly traded high tech companies. He has a track record of developing highly effective business partnerships with senior and executive level management and delivering trusted, credible processes and results in both startup, high-growth and turn-around environments, from pre-revenue to over $3B in annual sales. He has also contributed to raising multiple rounds of private equity and debt in excess of $200M and negotiated supply agreements, JDAs, and OEM contracts with Fortune 500 companies.

Mujahid has also played key roles in merger and acquisition scenarios, negotiating and supporting term sheets, due diligence and definitive agreements, most recently as Vice President of Finance at Tidal Systems, acquired by Micron and prior to that as Corporate Controller of SandForce acquired by LSI.

Mujahid received a MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration and has been credentialed by the International School of Choueifat.

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