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Senior Management

BJ Jenkins

BJ Jenkins, a 20-year IT industry veteran, has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Barracuda since November 2012. In November 2013, he led the company's IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Previously, he served as President of EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems (BRS) Division. Jenkins joined EMC in 1998 and held a wide range of EMC senior leadership roles before becoming President of the BRS Division, including serving as Chief of Staff for the division, where he led the highly successful post-merger integration of Data Domain as the foundation for the newly formed division. Under his leadership, the BRS Division contributed significantly to EMC’s growth. Over the years, he also held the positions of Senior Vice President of Global Marketing; Vice President of Telecom, Media and Entertainment and Outsourcing Sales; Vice President of Global Field Marketing and Director of Operations Global Channels. Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned a B.S. degree in general engineering, and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Michael Perone

As Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Barracuda, Michael Perone is responsible for worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. He has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and was a pioneer in delivering free Internet access to users worldwide. Perone co-founded and served as President and Board Member for [6]Address.com, a leading free email and Internet access service that reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). He also co-founded Spinway Inc. (acquired by Kmart Corporation). Additionally, Perone co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP that powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. He also has held systems engineering positions with GE Aerospace. In 2007, he was named by Ernst & Young a “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California” award recipient and today serves on the Board of Directors of Perch, the first hands-free video communication app designed to bring families together regardless of where they are located.

Zachary Levow

Zachary Levow is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Barracuda and has served on Barracuda’s Board since inception of the company. Levow leads the innovation and development of Barracuda’s security and storage solutions. Prior to Barracuda, Levow was Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Affinity Path, a self-service, private label and profitable DSL/dial-up ISP. Prior to Affinity Path, he was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Spinway Inc., which was acquired by Kmart Corporation. During his tenure at Spinway, Levow was the lead developer of the Spinway architecture. Levow has worked as a software development and architectural software design consultant for clients such as Sun Microsystems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, and Motorola Inc. He received a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dustin Driggs

Dustin Driggs brings more than 20 years of global financial leadership to his role as Chief Financial Officer at Barracuda. Driggs joined Barracuda in January 2007 as Director of FP&A, and most recently was VP, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, responsible for the global financial and accounting operations of the company. In his most recent position, he helped scale the finance and accounting operations from $40 million in billings to $375 million, including the company’s initial public offering in November 2013. Prior to Barracuda, he was Corporate Controller at Greenfield Networks, a network infrastructure company, which was successfully acquired by Cisco. Previously, Driggs spent more than 10 years in financial leadership positions at Cisco, including a two-year international assignment for mergers and acquisitions integration, and Controller of the Network Management Technology Group. He started his career in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand. Driggs has a B.S. in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University, and a MBA from Santa Clara University.

Rod Mathews

Rod Mathews serves as SVP & GM, Data Protection Business for Barracuda. He directs strategic product direction and development for all data protection offerings, including Barracuda's backup and archiving products and is also responsible for Barracuda’s cloud operations team and infrastructure. Prior to joining Barracuda, he served as Senior Director of Business Development for the Backup Recovery Systems division at EMC, where he led strategic initiatives and acquisition activities. Previously, Mathews led business development for Data Domain, prior to its acquisition by EMC, where he was responsible for leveraging alliances into revenue growth and for developing new routes to market in multiple geographies worldwide. Mathews has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, spanning product management, product marketing, engineering operations and investor relations positions held at leading companies including Network Appliance, Brocade Communications Systems, Enfish Technology, CyberMedia, and Quarterdeck. Mathews earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School.

Hatem Naguib

Hatem Naguib serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Security Business at Barracuda. In this role, he has global responsibility for Barracuda's complete portfolio of award-winning, cloud-enabled security products that span network, content and application security. He brings more than 25 years of experience in high-tech companies building innovative products in enterprise software, cloud services, data center virtualization, software defined networking, and security. Most recently, Naguib was Vice President of Networking and Security at VMware, where he was responsible for the product, technical marketing and business development teams of VMware NSX, a leading software defined networking and security solution. At VMware, he helped NSX become one of the industry's fastest growing infrastructure software products. Naguib joined VMware in 2006, and held several leadership positions there, including managing the global partnerships with Cisco, EMC and HP. He also served as the VMware executive leader for VCE, the converged infrastructure startup founded by VMware, Cisco and EMC. Prior to VMware, he held engineering and sales leadership positions at several startups and global corporations including CenterRun, GE, The Walt Disney Company and Accenture.

Michael Hughes

As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Barracuda, Michael Hughes is responsible for the strategy, direction, and execution of global sales and sales operations for the company’s diverse product portfolio. He previously served as Barracuda’s Vice President of EMEA Sales, and since taking on his current role in 2010, he has successfully grown revenue across multiple product lines. He continues to build enterprise, channel, commercial and specialist sales teams, and helps shape a culture of execution and accountability. Prior to joining Barracuda, Hughes served as Vice President of Sales for Asempra Technologies, a data protection innovator (acquired by BakBone). He also served as a sales and business development leader in Europe and America for McDATA Corporation (acquired by Brocade), Invio Software (acquired by Symantec), and publicly-traded Marimba (later acquired by BMC). A recognized industry leader, Hughes has been honored as CRN’s Channel Chief (2014, 2015, 2016), 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs (2016), 20 Chiefs to Watch (2014), and Top Midmarket Vendor Exec (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). In addition, he leads Barracuda’s engagement with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), an adopted Barracuda charity that provides opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can live active lifestyles. He is the Chairman of the CAF NorCal Back-to-Back event and leads other cycling and dinner events which have raised >$1M in the last few years. Hughes holds a B.S. degree in Marketing from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Ken Grohe

Ken Grohe is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Emerging Products at Barracuda. Grohe brings more than 27 years of technology experience to Barracuda, where he has responsibility for CudaCam and SignNow, and for driving Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 via Barracuda’s extensive partner network. Grohe joins Barracuda from Virident/HGST, where he served as Vice President of Worldwide Customer Operations since April 2013. While at Virident, he expanded the sales and partner teams, and acquired new customers and OEMs, which directly contributed to its $685 million acquisition by HGST, a division of Western Digital. Previously, Grohe was at EMC for more than 25 years. While at EMC, he held a number of executive sales and partner positions and led several internal “start-up” disruption technologies that helped grow the company from its initial listing on NYSE to $22 billion in revenue.

Brian Babineau

Brian Babineau serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Intronis MSP Solutions, for Barracuda. In this role, he is responsible for the company's managed services business, a dedicated team focused on enabling partners to easily deliver affordable IT solutions to customers. Babineau oversees the research and development, sales, marketing and support efforts of data protection, network and security products that leverage ECHOplatform - a purpose-built platform for MSPs to streamline and optimize their businesses. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President of Product Marketing, where he was responsible for analyzing and promoting the competitive advantages and value propositions of Barracuda's entire line of security and data protection solutions. Before joining Barracuda, he was Senior Director of Field Operations Strategy at NetApp, supporting M&A diligence efforts and driving long-term go-to-market resource planning. Previously, he spent over a decade with Enterprise Strategy Group, a leading IT market research and industry consulting firm. As the Vice President of Research and Analyst Services with ESG, he led a variety of advisory engagements with various technology vendors and investors. After earning his bachelor of science degree in business from Boston College, Babineau began his career as a product manager with EMC.

Fleming Shi

Fleming Shi currently serves as Senior Vice President of Technology at Barracuda, where he leads the company’s cloud-enabled microservices technology innovation and integrations across the entire security and data protection portfolio. Fleming joined Barracuda in 2004 as the founding engineer for the company’s web security product offerings. He has 20+ patents granted or pending in the areas of network and content security. As one of the early engineers at Barracuda, he paved the way for Barracuda’s expansion into new content security product areas for the company’s web gateway security and data protection businesses, and helped create the first version of the company’s message archiving product. Fleming is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he received a B.S. degree in Computer Science.

Ken Martin

Ken Martin serves as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing Operations for Barracuda. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring a world-class operation with timely response to both customer orders and engineering needs. He joined the company in 2006, seamlessly growing manufacturing and logistics from running two product lines to more than 12 unique product lines. Martin has 20+ years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, operations, logistics and facilities, in both contract manufacturing and OEM environments. Prior to joining Barracuda, he was with Aspect Communications where he began as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer and was promoted through and ultimately achieved the position of Director of Manufacturing Operations and Engineering. He also worked at Harmonic Lightwaves and Symtron Corporation. Martin received a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from San Jose State University. Additionally, he served in the United States Army Corp of Engineers, achieving the rank of Captain.

Hossein Ghazizadeh

As Senior Vice President of Customer Support and Success, Hossein Ghazizadeh leads Barracuda’s global team of 300+ support engineers dedicated to helping customers in maximizing the value of their Barracuda products and services. With more than 25 years of experience in customer service and support, he has developed and implemented feedback loops to capture customer response to improve technical support and ensure that quality and service exceed customer expectations. His experience and training have given him the unique ability to develop critically acclaimed systems for earning rock solid customer loyalty and enhancing Barracuda’s reputation with customers by creating a culture where customer service is the foundation for success in any business. In 2013, 2014 and 2016, his team was awarded the SC Magazine Excellence Award for Best Customer Service and Support. Prior to joining Barracuda, he held management positions within customer support at companies such as Darden Enterprise, Savvis, Cable & Wireless, Exodus and National Integration Technology. Ghazizadeh received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northern Arizona University, and an Associate degree in Computer Science from CTA.

Diane Honda

Diane Honda serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Barracuda and oversees worldwide legal matters including intellectual property, transactions, subsidiary management, employment, regulatory compliance, strategic alliances and litigation. Prior to Barracuda, Ms. Honda was Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Extreme Networks, a publicly traded network infrastructure provider. Prior to Extreme Networks, Ms. Honda held senior legal leadership positions at both public and private technology companies. She started her career as a software engineer at Hewlett Packard, and in addition to her legal roles, has held management positions in product development, customer support, and information technology. Ms. Honda holds a J.D. from Santa Clara Law School (cum laude) and a B.S in Applied Math Computer Science and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon.

Marc Wolfe

Marc Wolfe serves as Vice President of Marketing for Barracuda. In this role, he is responsible for global marketing strategy and execution; corporate branding, media development, and partner programs. Prior to joining Barracuda in 2006, he served as Director of Marketing and Operations at a Los Angeles-headquartered law firm, where he was instrumental in growing the company from startup to national prominence. Previously, Wolfe served as Vice President of Marketing for ADAPT Software Applications (acquired by SYSPRO) where he was responsible for worldwide marketing and channel development. Wolfe has 25 years of experience in various marketing and operations leadership capacities with Southland Micro Systems, Magic Software Enterprises, The Walt Disney Company (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) and OMNIVAR (acquired by CompuCom). Wolfe also spent several years honing his creative/copywriting skills at two national advertising agencies: Davis Ball & Colombatto, and Grey Advertising. Wolfe earned his bachelor of arts degree in Mass Communications from Arizona State University.

Board of Directors

Jeffry Allen

Jeffry Allen has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since June 2007. Prior to his role on the board, Jeffry Allen was the Executive Vice President of Business Operations at NetApp. He managed manufacturing operations and took responsibility for content delivery and NearStore business lines as well as strategic initiatives for the SAN market. Allen joined the company in 1996 as CFO and Vice President of Finance and Operations. From July 1990 through December 1996, Allen was responsible for various operations and manufacturing roles at SynOptics Communications, Inc., a computer communications company, and subsequently at Bay Networks, the company created via the merger of SynOptics and Wellfleet Communications, Inc. Previously, Allen had a 17-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in a variety of financial, information systems, and financial management positions, including controller for the Information Networks Group. Allen holds a B.S. degree in accounting from San Diego State University.

Jim Goetz

Jim Goetz has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since July 2009. Goetz has been a managing member of Sequoia Capital Operations, LLC, a venture capital firm, since June 2005. His current areas of interest include mobile and enterprise companies. He has helped create and grow a number of technology companies and product lines to market leading positions both as an entrepreneur and as an investor. In 1996, he co-founded VitalSigns Software (ALU) where he assembled and led the team that pioneered end-user performance management with Net.Medic and application performance market with VitalSuite. Prior to VitalSigns, Geotz was the Vice President of Network Management for Bay Networks (Synoptics). He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

David Golob

David Golob has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since December 2005. He joined Francisco Partners as a Partner in 2001 and focuses primarily on investments in the software segment. Prior to joining Francisco Partners, Golob was a Managing Director with Tiger Management, where he was co-head of the global technology group. He spent seven years as a private equity investor focused on the software industry at General Atlantic Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures. Earlier in his career, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and a Product Manager with Newport Systems Solutions, Inc. (acquired by Cisco). Golob holds an A.B. from Harvard College, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

William "BJ" Jenkins

William "BJ" Jenkins, a 16-year IT industry veteran, has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Barracuda since November 2012. Previously, he served as President of EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems (BRS) Division. Jenkins joined EMC in 1998 and held a wide range of EMC senior leadership roles before becoming President of the BRS Division, including serving as Chief of Staff for the division, where he led the highly successful post-merger integration of Data Domain as the foundation for the newly formed division. Under his leadership, the BRS Division contributed significantly to EMC’s growth. Over the years, he also held the positions of Senior Vice President of Global Marketing; Vice President of Telecom, Media and Entertainment and Outsourcing Sales; Vice President of Global Field Marketing and Director of Operations Global Channels. Jenkins is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned a B.S. degree in general engineering, and received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Zachary Levow

Zachary Levow is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Barracuda and has served on Barracuda’s Board since inception of the company. Levow leads the innovation and development of Barracuda’s security and storage solutions. Prior to Barracuda, Levow was Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Affinity Path, a self-service, private label and profitable DSL/dial-up ISP. Prior to Affinity Path, he was Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Spinway Inc., which was acquired by Kmart Corporation. During his tenure at Spinway, Levow was the lead developer of the Spinway architecture. Levow has worked as a software development and architectural software design consultant for clients such as Sun Microsystems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, and Motorola Inc. He received a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Michael Perone

As Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Barracuda, Michael Perone is responsible for worldwide communications and marketing strategies, including corporate brand management and identity. He has more than 25 years of experience in the high-tech industry, and was a pioneer in delivering free Internet access to users worldwide. Perone co-founded and served as President and Board Member for Address.com, a leading free email and Internet access service that reached more than 3.5 million users (acquired by WhitePages). He also co-founded Spinway Inc. (acquired by Kmart Corporation). Additionally, Perone co-founded Affinity Path, a private-label ISP that powered and supported thousands of ISPs throughout North America. He also has held systems engineering positions with GE Aerospace. In 2007, he was named by Ernst & Young a “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California” award recipient and today serves on the Board of Directors of Perch, the first hands-free video communication app designed to bring families together regardless of where they are located.

Gordon Stitt

Gordon Stitt has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since June 2007. Stitt is currently Chief Executive Officer of Nebula, Inc., a provider of hardware and software solutions that enable large private cloud computing solutions. Prior to Nebula, he co-founded Extreme Networks, and served as president and CEO since the company's inception in 1996. Prior to Extreme Networks, Stitt co-founded Network Peripherals and served as Vice President of Marketing and Vice President and General Manager of the OEM Business Unit. He also held executive positions in corporate marketing at Sun Microsystems and was Director of Marketing and Sales at Ven-Tel. Stitt holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Santa Clara University.

Kevin B. Thompson

Kevin B. Thompson has served on the Barracuda Board of Directors since September 2013. Since February 2010, Thompson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SolarWinds. Prior to being named President and Chief Executive Officer, Thompson previously held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Chief Operating Officer, and President. Prior to joining SolarWinds, Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of Surgient, Inc., a software company, from November and was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SAS Institute, a business intelligence software company. Thompson also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat, Inc., an enterprise software company. Thompson holds a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.