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Management Team

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.

Garth Gibson
Co-Founder and Chief Scientist

Garth Gibson received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. While at Berkeley he co-wrote the seminal “Berkeley RAID paper.” He joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 1991 where he founded the Parallel Data Laboratory (, one of the country’s premier academic storage system research labs. He also founded the Network-Attached Storage Device (NASD) working group of the National Storage Industry Consortium (NSIC) and led storage systems research in the Data Storage Systems Center (DSSC), one of the largest academic magnetic storage technology research labs. Garth was a member of the founding technical council of the Storage networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the founding steering committee of USENIX's File and Storage Technology (FAST) conference. ANSI T10's standard for Object-based Storage Devices (OSD), and its sister SNIA OSD technical working group, were seeded by Gibson's CMU and NSIC/NASD research.

Garth’s contributions to computer storage have been recognized by the prestigious 1999 IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Award for outstanding contributions in the field of information storage, inclusion in the Hall of Fame of the ACM Special Interest Group for Operating Systems in 2011, and the 2012 Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing from the IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. He is the winner of InfoWorld’s CTO 25 Award where he was recognized for driving the development and adoption of the Parallel NFS (pNFS) industry standard for data file sharing.

Jim Donovan
Sr. VP Sales & Marketing

Jim Donovan leads worldwide sales, field operations andmarketing at Panasas, where he is responsible for driving new and sustainable revenue growth. Jim leads global accounts and market share growth strategies through sales enablement, product management, brand, global communications, and demand creation initiatives.

Jim brings more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience to his role, with a strong focus on unleashing the potential of data technologies for enterprise businesses globally. Prior to joining Panasas, Jim served as senior vice president of global marketing at Teradata, a data and analytics solutions company, where he was responsible for driving the corporate and vertical marketing efforts that contributed to increased customer acquisitions as well asmarket share growth.

Donovan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Gannon University.

Tom Shea
Chief Operating Officer

Tom brings over 20 years experience in a variety of engineering, general management and executive leadership positions. He led software and hardware teams, in both public and private companies, through periods of transition and dramatic growth including successful public offerings. Most recently, Mr. Shea served as Vice President and General Manager at both Blue Coat Systems and SanDisk.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.