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Panasas Leadership Team

Faye Pairman

President and Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Directors

Faye Pairman has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the storage industry. Prior to joining Panasas in 2010, she was senior vice president and general manager of the storage business unit at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, which acquired 3ware, where she had previously served as president and chief executive officer.

While at 3ware, Faye overhauled the company’s technology roadmap and operating plan to capitalize on market realignment and leverage advances in disk storage technology—resulting in revenue growth of more than 300 percent.

Before joining 3ware, she spent eight years at Adaptec in a number of senior marketing and general management positions. 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 University of the Pacific and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jim Donovan

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Jim Donovan has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience, driving new and sustainable revenue growth with a focus on unleashing the potential of data technologies for enterprise businesses globally.

At Panasas, he leads global accounts and market-share growth strategies through sales enablement, product management, brand, global communications, and demand-creation initiatives.

Prior to joining Panasas in 2014, Jim served as senior vice president of global marketing at Teradata, a data and analytics solutions company, where he led corporate and vertical marketing efforts that contributed to increased customer acquisitions as well as market-share growth.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Gannon University.

Tom Shea

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Shea is responsible for overseeing the global engineering, supply chain, IT, and customer service resources that support the Panasas product and solutions portfolio.

In his more than 20-year career in the storage industry, Tom has held a variety of engineering, general management, and executive leadership positions; led software and hardware teams in both public and private companies; and managed teams through periods of transition and dramatic growth, including successful public offerings.

Before joining Panasas in 2014, Tom was vice president and general manager of software solutions at SanDisk. He also worked as vice president and general manager for WAN optimization at Blue Coat Systems and was president and chief executive officer at Gear6.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from University of California, Berkeley.

Elliot Carpenter

Chief Financial Officer

Elliot Carpenter manages all elements of the financial operations at Panasas, including investments, cash flow, profitability, and growth.

In his more than 25 years in business, he has led the financial management of private and public companies, including Roxio’s spin out and initial public offering. He has driven merger and acquisition processes and the related integration; developed multiyear business models and analytics tools; and managed all elements of corporate accounting, tax, risk management, and employee benefits.

Prior to joining Panasas in 2016, Elliot held various officer-level roles at NanoConversion Technologies, Gear6, Sonic Solutions, Roxio (acquired by Rovi), and Adaptec, among others. He has also provided executive-level finance and accounting consulting services.

Elliot is a certified public accountant and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in business economics and Germanic languages from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Board of Directors


Faye Pairman

President and Chief Executive Officer, Panasas

Faye Pairman has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the storage industry. Prior to joining Panasas, she was senior vice president and general manager of the storage business unit at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) after it acquired 3ware, where she 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—resulting in revenue growth of more than 300 percent.

Prior to 3ware, Faye spent eight years at Adaptec 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 University of the Pacific and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Simon Anderson

Chairman, Aptira

Simon Anderson was a founding board director of the OpenStack Foundation and has played a major role in the growth of OpenStack open source software globally since 2012. As CEO of DreamHost, a U.S. cloud hosting company, from 2011 to 2015, he led the team that contributed significant code to OpenStack and launched the DreamCompute public cloud.

While at DreamHost, he co-founded Inktank, the company behind the open source Ceph storage software that now dominates open source cloud storage. Red Hat purchased Inktank for $175 million in 2014. Simon is currently co-founder and chairman of Akanda, the company behind the OpenStack Astara network orchestration project. Originally from Australia, Simon moved to California in 2000, where he has been a part of building software-as-a-service, cloud, and infrastructure companies since 2002.

Andre A. Hakkak

Founder and Managing Partner, White Oak Global Advisors

Andre Hakkak has served as co-portfolio manager and investment committee member of White Oak Global Advisors since 2007. He was previously the founder and chief investment officer of Alpine Global, a multistrategy investment management firm that focuses 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 develops investment strategies customized to meet the risk-adjusted return requirements of bank clients in more than 30 countries.

Andre previously served at Robertson Stephens 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 Bachelor of Science degree in finance and marketing from Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, and has held Series 7, 63, and 24 designations from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority since 1991.