Team Bios

 

Experienced.  Hands-on.  Efficient.
Shahin Khan
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A well respected industry figure, Shahin Khan serves on the board of directors of Wizmo (SaaS), Fathym (IoT), and Massively Parallel Technologies (Dev). He is the founder of StartupHPC, is a grass roots community for STEM- and HPC-inspired entrepreneurs.

Shahin was interim VP of Marketing at Avni (cloud), DriveScale (big data), 3Leaf Systems (big memory), and ScaleArc (database infrastructure). He was VP of Corporate Development, Intellectual Property, and Marketing at Silicon Graphics and served in executive positions at Sun Microsystems, including VP/GM of the HPC and Visualization products, Chief Competitive Officer, and VP of Product Marketing & Planning. He was Chief Marketing Officer at Electronics for Imaging, and CMO at Azul Systems. He lived in the UK to lead European Marketing for FPS Computing before its acquisition by Cray Research. He was at Cray Business Systems Division until its acquisition by Sun Microsystems. He started his career at IBM.

Shahin is a thought leader specializing in competitive strategy, positioning, M&A, and marketing/sales alignment. He has been quoted or featured in the media including in the Wall Street Journal, San Jose Mercury News, Wired, BusinessWeek, InformationWeek, The Register, CRN, and Cnet. He was on HPCwire’s list of people and organizations to watch in 2003. Shahin is a graduate of The Hun School of Princeton, and Cornell University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees.

Cindee Mock
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Cindee Mock combines business aptitude with a passion for writing and is a published author in several media outlets, including Harvard Business Review. She is an energetic and resourceful thinker with exceptional positioning/messaging, communications and executive communications skills.

Cindee specializes in transforming complex topics into customer-focused “stories” that help shorten the sales cycle. Realizing that customers have choice, she also stresses the importance of fully understanding the competitive landscape in order to best position, market and sell vis à vis the competition.

Cindee is a self-starter who enjoys fast pace and favors a hands-on, practical approach.  Previously, Cindee held several senior director-level positions at Sun Microsystems, including Message & Evidence Marketing, as well as Worldwide Launch Marketing, Competitive Intelligence, and Sun Laboratories Marketing. Prior to Sun, Cindee worked at two high technology PR agencies and had the opportunity to work with a diverse set of companies ranging from technology start-ups to Fortune-500 enterprises.

Cindee holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Steve Campbell
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Steve Campbell brings a unique blend of expertise to this industry. He has held senior VP positions in Product Management and Product Marketing responsible for all company marketing for HPC and Enterprise vendors.

Steve was most recently Vice President of Marketing and Solutions of the Hitachi Server Group. Previously, Steve served as VP of Marketing at Sun Microsystems Enterprise Systems Products Group responsible for the mid-range and high-end Sun Fire and Sun Enterprise servers. He was executive sponsor for several high profile customers in Asia and was also responsible for Sun’s High-Performance Computing initiatives and the Data Center Insight Programs leading solution programs for data center consolidation and mainframe migration.

Before joining Sun, Steve was a founding partner in a technology consulting company working with early stage technology and Internet start-ups helping to raise over $300M for clients. He also served on the boards of and as interim CEO/CMO of several early-stage technology companies. Steve was Vice President of Marketing at FPS Computing and held executive positions at Convex Computer Corporation and Scientific Computer Systems.

Stephen Perrenod
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Stephen Perrenod is a recognized public speaker, energetic blogger on IT and science issues, and a published author of two well-received books on cosmology and extragalactic astronomy.

He possesses expert knowledge in key market sectors for enterprise computing including Cloud Computing, Big Data, IoT, Deep Learning, and HPC. At OrionX he has worked with Fortune 500 companies, SMEs and startups to develop and enhance their business strategies and extend their market initiatives in each of these areas, and in enterprise computing generally.

He has held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions at Cray, SGI, and Sun Microsystems, as well as for two startup companies. In these roles he has been responsible for business segments in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. At Sun Microsystems he doubled the HPC business for the Asia-Pacific region within a 3 year period.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT and a masters and Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University.

Peter ffoulkes
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On the leading edge of IT transitions since 1980, Peter ffoulkes’ experience has been focused on the technologies required to build the agile, automated and adaptable data center environments that are the essential foundation of cloud-ready data centers for both enterprise and high performance scientific computing.

Peter was most recently a Research Director at 451 Research focusing on how consumers and vendors manage the transition from static and siloed IT organizations to highly dynamic, service-based environments driven by and empowering responsiveness to changing business conditions.

Previously Peter held multiple positions in management, business and product strategy development, product marketing, sales and training. He was Vice President of Marketing at Adaptive Computing, Director of Outbound Marketing at ClearSpeed Technology, Director of Marketing for High-Performance Computing at Sun Microsystems, and Director and Principal Analyst for the Worldwide Workstation Computing program at Gartner Dataquest.

Peter holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Bachelor of Science from the University of Bath, U.K

Dan Olds
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An authority on technology trends and customer sentiment, Dan Olds is a frequently quoted expert in industry and business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Computerworld, eWeek, CIO, and PCWorld.

In addition to server, storage, and network technologies, Dan closely follows the Big Data, Cloud, and HPC markets. He writes the HPC Blog on The Register, co-hosts the popular Radio Free HPC podcast, and is the go-to person for the coverage and analysis of the supercomputing industry’s Student Cluster Challenge.

Dan brings to OrionX his years of experience as founder and principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG), a boutique IT research and consulting firm whose activities are now part of the OrionX offerings.

Dan began his career at Sequent Computer, an early pioneer in highly scalable business systems. He was the inaugural lead for the successful server consolidation program at Sun Microsystems, and was at IBM in the strategically important mainframe and Power systems groups. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a focus on finance and marketing.

Celia Chase
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Celia is an experienced marketing leader with a creative mindset and proven ability to develop and implement strategic campaigns to drive demand generation and broaden awareness. She has successfully lead high performing teams from planning through execution and analysis.  

With over 15 years experience at designing and implementing a broad array of marketing tactics, Celia has deep knowledge of content marketing, digital campaigns, social media, search, messaging, product marketing, launches, and events. A practiced and credible communicator, Celia has been recognized for her skills with a Marketing Excellence Award at Oracle.

Prior to Orion, Celia held a variety of senior director and manager positions at Oracle and Sun Microsystems, in North America Marketing, Global Campaigns, Enterprise Server Marketing, Message & Evidence Marketing, Competitive Intelligence and Workgroup Servers Product Marketing.   In these roles, she has covered both global and regional businesses. Previously, Celia worked at the International Monetary Fund providing economic analysis for the former Soviet countries.

She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor’s degree in International Economies and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley. 

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