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Faye Pairman
President & Chief Executive Officer

Faye brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the storage industry to her role of president and CEO of Panasas. Prior to Panasas she was senior vice president and general manager of the storage business unit at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) after AMCC acquired 3ware Inc., where she had served as president and CEO. At 3ware she overhauled the company’s technology roadmap and operating plan to capitalize on market realignment and leverage advances in disk storage technology. This resulted in revenue growth of over 300%. Prior to 3ware, Faye spent eight years at Adaptec, Inc. in a number of senior marketing and general management positions. While at Adaptec she managed the company’s largest and most profitable controller business with annual revenue totaling more than $600 million. Faye holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Simon Anderson
Chairman, Aptira

Simon has played a major role in the growth of OpenStack globally over the last 5 years. As CEO of DreamHost, a US cloud hosting company, from 2011 to 2015, Simon led the team that contributed significant code to OpenStack and launched the DreamCompute public cloud. He was also a founding Board Director of the OpenStack Foundation, and while at DreamHost he co-founded Inktank, the company behind the open source Ceph storage software that now dominates open source cloud storage, and was sold to Red Hat for US$175M in 2014. Simon is currently co-founder and Chairman of Akanda, the company behind the OpenStack Astara network functions virtualization (NFV) orchestration project. Simon is Australian and moved to California in 2000, where he has been a part of building SaaS, cloud and infrastructure companies over the last 15 years.

Andre A. Hakkak
Founder and Managing Partner, White Oak Global Advisors

Andre has served as co-portfolio manager and Investment Committee member of White Oak since 2007. Andre was previously the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Alpine Global, Inc., a multi-strategy investment management firm which focused on alternative fixed income and real estate investments. He was also the Founder and Portfolio Manager at Suisse Global Investments, an investment management firm that developed investment strategies customized to meet the risk-adjusted return requirements of bank clients in over 30 countries. Andre previously served at Robertson Stephens & Co. as an Investment Banker and Principal in its Investment Company Act platform. He has been a co-founder and board member of several financial platforms that facilitate the distribution of philanthropic and financial products, and has served as a limited partner, general partner or board member of various investment funds and companies. Andre received a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and has held Series 7, 63, and 24 designations from FINRA since 1991.