Board of Directors
President & CEO
Michael R. Cote has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director since May 2015. He has served as our General Manager and as Vice President of Dell since our acquisition by Dell in February 2011. Mr. Cote ceased to be a Vice President of Dell in 2016 in order to focus exclusively on leading our company. Before our acquisition by Dell, Mr. Cote served as our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since February 2002. From January 2000 to January 2002, Mr. Cote was Chief Financial Officer of Talus Solutions, Inc., a pricing and revenue management software firm acquired by Manugistics Group, Inc., a public supply chain management software company, in December 2000. From February 1997 until September 1999, Mr. Cote served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of MSI Solutions Inc., a web application development and systems integration company that was acquired in September 1999 by Eclipsys Corporation, a public healthcare software company. From April 1993 to January 1997, Mr. Cote served as the Chief Financial Officer of Medaphis Corporation, or Medaphis (subsequently acquired by Per-Se Technologies, Inc.), a provider of financial and administrative healthcare solutions, where he managed 36 acquisitions and four equity offerings. He served as the Controller of Medaphis from March 1992 until April 1993. Before March 1992, Mr. Cote held various positions at KPMG LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm. The board selected Mr. Cote to serve as a director because of his deep knowledge of our industry and 13 years of experience serving as our principal executive officer.
Director and Chairman of the Board
Michael S. Dell has served as a director and non-executive Chairman of the Board since December 11, 2015. He is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Dell Technologies Inc., a unique family of businesses encompassing Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and Vmware. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Denali Holding Inc. since the closing of Dell Inc.’s going-private transaction in October 2013. He has held the title of Chairman of the Board of Dell Inc. since he founded the company in 1984. Mr. Dell also served as Chief Executive Officer of Dell Inc. from 1984 until July 2004 and resumed that role in January 2007. In 1998, Mr. Dell formed MSD Capital, L.P. for the purpose of managing his and his family’s investments, and, in 1999, he and his wife established the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to provide philanthropic support to a variety of global causes. He is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and is an executive committee member of the International Business Council. He serves as a member of the Technology CEO Council, the U.S. Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the governing board of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India, and is a board member of Catalyst, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women. In June 2014, Mr. Dell was named the United Nations foundation’s first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship.
Egon Durban has served as a director since December 11, 2015. He has been a member of the boards of directors of Dell Inc. and Denali Holding Inc. since the closing of Dell Inc.’s going-private transaction in October 2013. Mr. Durban is a Managing Partner and Managing Director of Silver Lake, a global private equity firm. Mr. Durban joined Silver Lake in 1999 as a founding principal and is based in the firm’s Menlo Park office. He has previously worked in the firm’s New York office, as well as the London office, which he launched and managed from 2005 to 2010. Mr. Durban serves on the board of directors of Intelsat S.A., a communications services provider and Motorola Solutions, Inc., a provider of business and mission critical communication products and services for enterprise and government customers. Mr Durban is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, an entertainment and media company. Previously, he served on the board of directors of Skype Global S.à.r.l., a communications services provider, and was the Chairman of its operating committee, served on the supervisory board and operating committee of NXP B.V., a manufacturer of semiconductor chips, and served on the board of directors of MultiPlan Inc., a provider of healthcare cost management solutions. Mr. Durban currently serves on the board of directors of Tipping Point, a poverty-fighting organization that identifies and funds leading non-profit programs in the Bay Area to assist individuals and families in need. Before beginning his service with Silver Lake, Mr. Durban worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, or Morgan Stanley, an investment banking firm. While at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Durban organized and led a joint initiative between the Corporate Finance Technology Group and the Mergers and Acquisitions Financial Sponsors Group to analyze and present investment opportunities in the technology industry. Previously, Mr. Durban had worked in Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Finance Technology and Equity Capital Markets groups. The board selected Mr. Durban to serve as a director because of his strong experience in technology and finance, extensive knowledge and years of experience in global strategic leadership and management of multiple companies, and his current service as a director of Dell Inc. and Denali.
Pamela Daley is retired. Before her retirement in January 2014 from General Electric Company, or GE, one of the world’s largest infrastructure and financial services companies, Ms. Daley served with GE in a number of roles, including Senior Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Chairman from April 2013 to January 2014, Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development from August 2004 to March 2013 and Vice President and Senior Counsel for Transactions from 1991 to July 2004. As Senior Vice President for Corporate Business Development, Ms. Daley was responsible for GE’s merger, acquisition and divestiture activities worldwide. Before she joined GE in 1989 as Tax Counsel, Ms. Daley was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, an international law firm, where she specialized in domestic and cross-border tax-oriented financings and commercial transactions. Ms. Daley also serves as a director of BlackRock, Inc., a global asset management company traded on the New York Stock Exchange . She was a director of BG Group plc, an international gas and oil company traded on the London Stock Exchange, until BG Group was acquired by Royal Dutch Shell plc in February 2016. The board selected Ms. Daley to serve as a director because of her significant experience in the areas of leadership development, international operations, transactions, business development and global strategy gained through her over 35 years of transactional experience and over 20 years of service as an executive with GE.
Buno Pati is a Partner of Centerview Capital Technology. He is an entrepreneur and company builder who brings more than 20 years of experience growing, leading and investing in technology companies. He had previously served as an Advisor to the firm since 2014.
Prior to joining Centerview, Mr. Pati founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Numerical Technologies, a company that redefined how integrated circuits are designed and manufactured. He led the company for eight years, from inception through an initial public offering and eventual acquisition. He helped launch Nexus Venture Partners, a pioneer in Indian venture capital and founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Sezmi Corporation, a company that developed and marketed video services offerings for telecom services providers.
Mr. Pati holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and was a Senior Research Associate at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard University early in his career.
Mark J. Hawkins is currently the President and Chief Financial Officer of Salesforce.com, Inc., a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions with a focus on customer relationship management. Before joining Salesforce.com, Mr. Hawkins served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Principal Financial Officer of Autodesk, Inc., a provider of three-dimensional design, engineering and entertainment software, from April 2009 to July 2014. From April 2006 to April 2009, Mr. Hawkins served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance & Information Technology at Logitech International S.A., a global provider of personal computer and tablets accessories. From January 2000 to March 2006, Mr. Hawkins served as Vice President of Finance for Dell’s Worldwide Procurement and Logistics organization, as well as Vice President of Finance for Dell’s U.S. Home Segment. Before joining Dell, Mr. Hawkins spent nearly 19 years at Hewlett-Packard Company, a global information technology company, where he held a variety of finance and business management roles. Mr. Hawkins serves as a director of Plex Systems, Inc., a leader in cloud-based enterprise resource planning for manufacturers. The board selected Mr. Hawkins to serve as a director because of his experience of more than 30 years with leading finance organizations at global software and technology companies, as well as his expertise in finance, information technology and global operations.
William R. McDermott has served as Chief Executive Officer of SAP SE (formerly SAP AG), or SAP, a business software company that provides collaborative business solutions to companies of all sizes, since May 2014 and as Executive Board Member of SAP since 2008. He served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of SAP from February 2010 to May 2014 and, before his service in that position, as President of Global Field Operations and Chief Executive Officer of SAP Americas & Asia Pacific Japan. Before joining SAP in 2002, Mr. McDermott served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Operations at Siebel Systems, an e-business software company, and as President of Gartner, Inc., an information technology research and advisory firm. He spent 17 years at Xerox Corporation in various senior management positions, including President of the U.S. Major Account Organization and Senior Vice President/General Manager of Xerox Business Systems. Mr. McDermott serves as a director of Under Armour, Inc., a performance apparel company dedicated to technologically advanced products, and ANSYS, Inc., a provider of engineering and simulation software and technologies. Mr. McDermott served on the board of directors of PAETEC Holding Corp., a competitive broadband communications company, from February 2007 until its acquisition by Windstream Corporation in November 2011. The board selected Mr. McDermott to serve as a director because his experience serving in top positions with large leading global software and technology companies for more than 20 years will permit him to contribute significant leadership, finance, international and operational expertise and insight to the board.
Jim Whitehurst is President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT software solutions and services. Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments.
Whitehurst has grown Red Hat and its influence on a variety of industries, by reaching key milestones—the most notable in 2012 when Red Hat became the first $1 billion revenue open source software company. Since joining Red Hat, Whitehurst has grown revenue from more than $500 million at the end of February 2008, to more than $2 billion for the company's 2017 fiscal year. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2012; added to Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 stock index in 2009; and named one of the best places to work by Glassdoor in 2016, 2014, and 2013.
In June 2015, Whitehurst published a book with Harvard Business Review Press entitled "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance," showing how open principles of management—based on transparency, participation, and community—can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced connected era. To date, the book has sold more than 42,000 copies; been featured in more than 130 unique press articles including articles from Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company; and named one of the top 10 creative leadership books of 2015 in Forbes.
During his six-years at Delta Air Lines, he drove significant international expansion and as Chief Operating Officer, oversaw all aspects of airline operations—from sales to strategy. At The Boston Consulting Group, where he began his career in 1989, he held several corporate development leadership roles, working in the Chicago, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, and as a partner in the Atlanta office with numerous clients across a wide range of industries.
A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, Whitehurst also holds a General Course degree from the London School of Economics. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1994. Whitehurst lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and twins.