Founded on the premise that every business is challenged to deliver cognitive, data-intensive applications, Vexata delivers 10x performance AND efficiency improvements at a fraction of the cost of existing all-flash storage solutions.


Zahid Hussain
ZAHID HUSSAIN Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Zahid Hussain

Zahid Hussain

Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Zahid Hussain is Co-Founder and CEO of Vexata Inc. Previously he was at EMC where he served as SVP/GM of the Flash Products Division which included the XtremIO all-flash array and other flash-based products. Zahid holds 41 patents in the areas of computer graphics, computer systems, storage systems, and networking systems. Zahid holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.
Surya Varanasi
SURYA VARANASI Chief Technology Officer, Founder
Surya Varanasi

Surya Varanasi

Chief Technology Officer, Founder
Prior to co-founding Vexata, Surya was vice president of R&D at EMC where he was responsible for the VIPR data platform, SRM (storage resource manager), AppSync (snapshot management), UIM (VCE) and Smarts network management. Before EMC, Surya was VP of R&D at VMware where he managed ESXi, vCenter and the Graphics teams. He has 30+ patents in the fields of networking, storage and video stream processing. Surya has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Ashish Gupta
ASHISH GUPTA Chief Marketing Officer
Ashish Gupta

Ashish Gupta

Chief Marketing Officer
As CMO for Vexata, Ashish heads up Product Management, Marketing and Alliances. Most recently Ashish was VP of Marketing for Springpath, a Sequoia Capital company, where he successful launched the company from stealth leading to the strategic relationship with Cisco Systems. Ashish holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, MSEE from SJSU and BSEE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Surya Turaga
SURYA TURAGA VP of Business Operations and Support
Surya Turaga

Surya Turaga

VP of Business Operations and Support
Surya is the VP, Operations at Vexata. He brings more than 25 years of product development, manufacturing, finance and operations experience to Vexata. Prior to that, he was in senior management roles at Hitachi Data Systems and Brocade. Surya holds an MSEE as well as a Master's in Engineering Management.
Charles Leeming
CHARLES LEEMING Chief Sales Officer
Zahid Hussain

Charlie Leeming

Chief Sales Officer
Charlie is Vexata’s Chief Sales Officer, leading all of the global sales and business development activities bringing over 25 years of experience in enterprise data center environments. Previously Charlie was COO & SVP of Business Development of an early stage In-Memory platform company. He also held senior executive positions at Brocade Communications, Toshiba and IBM. During his time at Brocade, Charlie hired, developed and managed top global OEM teams enabled the company’s growth while maximizing profitable revenue growth. Charlie holds a bachelors in business economics from Brown University and an MBA from UC Irvine.


VENKY NAGAPUDI VP of Product Management

Venky Nagapudi

VP of Product Management
Venky Nagapudi, VP of Product Management brings 20 years experience in engineering, product marketing and business development in the storage, networking and computer industries. Venky led product management at EMC and Applied Micro. Venky also held engineering leadership roles at Intel, Brocade and holds 10 patents with an MBA from Haas business school at UC Berkeley, an MSEE from North Carolina State University, and a BSEE from IIT Madras.
RAMKUMAR VADIVELU VP of Software Engineering

Ramkumar Vadivelu

VP of Software Engineering
As part of the founding team, Ramkumar Vadivelu, the VP of Software Engineering, brings 25+ years of design and development for enterprise/cloud products, in the storage and networking industries. Prior to Vexata, Ramkumar worked at EMC, VMware, Brocade and consulted at HP, SGI and Intel. He holds 8 patents with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Technology from Coimbatore Institute of Technology.
SATSHEEL ALTEKAR VP of Platform Engineering

Satsheel Altekar

VP of Platform Engineering
As part of the founding team, Satsheel Altekar, the VP of Platform Engineering brings deep knowledge in silicon and systems that involve high speed protocols. Prior to joining Vexata, he has held senior management positions at EMC, VMware and Brocade building high caliber teams that delivered enterprise grade storage and networking products . He holds several storage and networking patents and has a BSEE from the College of Engineering, Pune, India
VINODH RAVINDRAN Chief Software Architect

Vinodh Ravindran

Chief Software Architect
As part of the founding team, Vinodh Ravindran, the Chief Software Architect brings 25+ years of experience in product development in storage and networking. Prior to joining Vexata he has had leading technical roles at EMC, Brocade and HP. He holds a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.
RICK WALSWORTH VP of Product and Solution Marketing

Rick Walsworth

VP of Product and Solution Marketing
Rick Walsworth, VP of Product and Solution Marketing brings over 25 years of experience into mainstream IT and service provider markets. Rick was previously Vice President of Marketing at Formation Data Systems, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at EMC and Vice President of Marketing at Kashya (acquired by EMC in 2006). Rick has held executive management roles at Maranti Networks, SAN Valley Systems Com21 and GTE with a BSEE from San Jose State University.
FARZAD HAGHIGHI VP of WW Support and Services

Farzad Haghighi

VP of WW Support and Services
Farzad is VP of Service and Support, with over 20 years of leadership experience across Enterprise, Government and IT Managed Services accounts worldwide. He is responsible for the vision, strategy, implementation and execution of Vexata Customer Experience, Training and Professional services. Prior to Vexata Farzad has held several senior positions in organizations such as HP, Oracle and EMC. Farzad holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from San Jose State University.



Nicolas Giuli

Nicolas is Partner at Redline based in London. Nicolas brings more than 16 years of experience across technology, from engineering and operations to finance, M&As and IPOs, and in various tech segments including communications equipment and enterprise software. Prior to Redline, Nicolas was Vice President at Morgan Stanley, associate at Merrill Lynch, Product Manager and engineer at Corvis Corporation (USA) and analyst at Alcatel-Lucent (France). Nicolas holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Sloan), and a Master of Engineering from Telecom Bretagne (ENSTB).

Navin Chaddha

Navin Chaddha leads Mayfield. During his venture capital career, Navin has invested in over 40 companies, of which 13 have gone public and 15 have been acquired. Navin was one of the earliest Silicon Valley investors to leverage the promise of tech in India. Navin holds an MSEE degree from Stanford University and a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi.

Igor Taber

Igor Taber is a Director at Intel Capital Datacenter Investment group leading Big Data, Analytics and Cloud investments. Prior to Intel Capital, Igor was Director for Business Development in Intel Broadband Wireless Group where he led engagements with major telecom operator around the world. He was also Chief of Staff to VP and GM of the group. Igor has an MBA from Wharton Business School and a Computer Engineering degree from University of Kansas.


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