Executive Profiles

Lloyd Carney

Lloyd Carney

Chief Executive Officer

Lloyd Carney is the Brocade chief executive officer and a member of the Brocade board of directors. As CEO, Carney is responsible for executing the company’s vision and strategy to lead the networking industry through its next phase of evolution that will be defined by data center virtualization, cloud computing, and software networking.

Before joining Brocade, Carney was CEO and member of the board of directors at Xsigo Systems, a technology leader in the data center virtualization market with solutions for cloud computing and software-defined networking. Previous to that, Carney was CEO of Micromuse, Inc., a networking management software company which became an integral part of the IBM Tivoli framework. Carney also has extensive experience in the IP networking industry. He served as the chief operating officer at Juniper Networks where he oversaw the engineering, product management, and manufacturing divisions. Carney also served as president of the core IP, wireless Internet, and the enterprise divisions at Nortel Networks, which generated multi-billion dollars in revenue. Before this, Carney was the executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Business Unit at Bay Networks.

Carney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute and a Master of Science degree in Applied Business Management from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ken Cheng

Ken Cheng

Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development and Emerging Business

As chief technology officer and vice president of Corporate Development and Emerging Business, Ken Cheng leads the company’s technology strategy, software networking solutions, key business initiatives, M&A, and investment portfolio as it focuses on the evolving data center infrastructure within enterprises, cloud service providers, and Federal markets. Previously, Cheng served as vice president of routing, application delivery, and software networking, owning the overall vision, strategy, and execution of these business areas.

Cheng joined Brocade in 2008 through the acquisition of Foundry Networks, where he held various executive management positions during his 12-year tenure. Prior to Foundry, Cheng served as chief operating officer and vice president of Engineering for DG Systems (now DG FastChannel), a content distribution network company that operates the largest network designed specifically for media distribution. Cheng also held senior engineering management positions at Network Equipment Technologies (NET) and Bell Northern Research (later Nortel Labs).

Cheng holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Queen's University (Canada), an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Certificate in Music from the Royal Academy of Music (England).

Gale England

Gale England

Senior Vice President, Operations

As senior vice president of Operations, Gale England is responsible for driving operational efficiencies in global programs, manufacturing, global real estate, procurement, and IT services. He is tasked with improving customer advocacy, streamlining internal processes, and leveraging company resources for the effective delivery of Brocade's world-class products and services.

With more than 35 years of experience in the technology industry, England has held leadership and executive leadership roles across numerous departments, including engineering, customer service, and operations. Most recently, he was senior vice president of Global Operations and Quality at Grass Valley LLC., where he managed the rollout of services and technologies that improved the company’s manufacturing, ordering, logistics, supply chain, and quality processes. He has also held senior positions at Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, Sonus Networks, and Numetrix Technologies.

England holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Chico, as well as Technical and Professional Management Certifications from Boston University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Dan Fairfax

Dan Fairfax

Chief Finance Officer

Dan Fairfax was named chief financial officer of Brocade in June 2011, after serving as vice president of the Brocade Worldwide Service and Support organization. He joined the company as the result of the Company’s acquisition of Foundry Networks, where he also served as CFO.

Prior to joining Foundry Networks, Fairfax served as senior vice president and CFO of GoRemote Internet Communications. He also served as CFO of Ironside Technologies, Inc., ACTA Technology, and NeoVista Software. Before that, Fairfax held senior financial management and operations positions at Siemens and Spectra-Physics.

Fairfax holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Whitman College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Parviz Ghalambor

Parviz Ghalambor

Senior Vice President, Engineering

As senior vice president of Engineering since 2007, Parviz Ghalambor is responsible for the research and development of all Brocade SAN and IP products globally. He was previously senior director of Engineering at Rhapsody Networks, which was acquired by Brocade in 2003.

Ghalambor has over 30 years of engineering management experience, and he has pioneered the design and development of a broad range of technologies, including mainframes, ATM systems, IP networking, and storage networking systems. Prior to joining Brocade, he was senior director of Engineering at AccessLan Communications. He also held technical management positions at Synoptics and Unisys.

Ghalambor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.

Carol Goode

Carol Goode

Vice President, Human Resources

As vice president of Human Resources, Carol Goode is responsible for leading Brocade’s global talent strategies to help create and develop a high-performing organization that focuses on customer success.

Goode has more than 20 years of business experience in human resource management, serving in executive leadership and consulting roles for all types of companies, from high-tech start-ups to divisional and corporate leadership roles in four Fortune 100 companies. She previously served as vice president of Human Resources at Bay Networks/Nortel Networks, and led World Wide Human Resources at O.R. Technology and Seagate Technology.

At various stages of her career, Goode has worked in and managed nearly every Human Resources discipline, with demonstrated experience crafting compensation and incentive plans to expedite product development cycles and create customized performance management systems for motivating engineering teams and entire organizations. She is adept at reengineering organizations and creating the optimal infrastructure to help organizations scale efficiently.

Goode holds an MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Christine Heckart

Christine Heckart

Chief Marketing Officer

As chief marketing officer, Christine Heckart leads the Brocade global marketing team to drive preference and support the company’s business strategies to lead in data center networking, Network Functions Virtualization and Software-Defined Networking.

Heckart joins Brocade with more than 25 years of experience in high tech. She has served as a member of the board of directors of Lam Research, a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment to the semiconductor industry since 2011. Prior to joining Brocade, Heckart was executive vice president of Strategy, Marketing, People and Systems at ServiceSource, a SaaS provider in recurring revenue management. She has also held CMO roles at NetApp and Juniper Networks, served as general manager of TV, Video and Music Business at Microsoft, and was president of TeleChoice, Inc.

Heckart graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.

Jeff Lindholm

Jeff Lindholm

Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Field Operations

As senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations, Jeff Lindholm owns the development of the company’s overall sales strategy and leads the global sales, services, and support organization. He is focused on implementing strategies to expand the company’s customer base and take advantage of new business opportunities in today’s networking industry.

With more than 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry, Lindholm has held a number of sales and marketing leadership positions at networking and telecommunications technology companies. At Juniper Networks, he served in key executive roles, including senior vice president of Worldwide Sales as well as chief marketing officer. Most recently, Lindholm served as senior vice president of Field Operations at Arbor Networks, a provider of network security and management solutions for enterprise and service provider networks.

Lindholm holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Paul Martin

Paul Martin

Vice President, Worldwide Systems Engineering, Support and Services

Paul Martin has been with Brocade since October 2010 and currently holds the title of Vice President, Worldwide Systems Engineering, Support and Services. Prior to this role, Martin served as vice president of Worldwide Global Services, and vice president of Technical Support Operations.

Martin has more than 25 years of engineering and technical support experience, including serving as the vice president of Engineering at CNT and McData, following that company's acquisition of CNT. Prior to this, Martin served as executive vice president of Engineering and Support Operations at Calabrio, a VoIP company, where he was responsible for providing support and services for a worldwide installed base of over 750,000 IP-based voice and networking solutions. He has been awarded two patents in the area of VoIP.

Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana and Executive MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Jason Nolet

Jason Nolet

Vice President, Data Center Switching and Routing

As vice president of Data Center Switching and Routing, Jason Nolet is responsible for defining the vision, strategy, and execution plans that drive business results for all IP/Ethernet data center switching and routing products, as well as network management and cloud orchestration solutions. He joined Brocade in 2009, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in the networking industry.

Prior to joining Brocade in 2009, Nolet held a variety of executive positions at Cisco. He was most recently vice president of Engineering and led product development for a wide range of security products and solutions. Prior to Cisco, Nolet spent more than a decade in engineering leadership roles at Stratus Computer, AT&T Global Information Systems, and NCR Corporation.

Nolet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Information Systems from San Diego State University.

Tyler Wall

Tyler Wall

Vice President, General Counsel; and Corporate Secretary

As vice president, General Counsel, and corporate secretary, Tyler Wall is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal department functions, practices, and policies. His executive experience includes technology licensing and distribution agreements, mergers and acquisitions, financing, commercial transactions and agreements, domestic and international corporate affairs, and public company reporting.

Prior to Brocade, Wall served at Chordiant Software, Inc. as vice president, General Counsel; and corporate secretary. Before that, he worked at Oracle Corporation as corporate counsel for the Commercial Licensing and Distribution group in Oracle's Legal department.

Wall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Utah, a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and an MBA from Santa Clara University School of Business.