Kazan Networks was founded by an experienced team of high-tech veterans who trace their roots back to the Systems business at HP in the early 90s. After being part of the team to create the industry’s most widely-deployed embedded Fibre Channel controller (Tachyon and its follow-ons), the team continued to innovate in the areas of iSCSI controllers, FC-to-SATA bridges, SAS controllers, and high-performance networking solutions. The leadership team has been awarded over 60 patents in the areas of storage and networking.

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Margie Evashenk, CEO

Margie has established a proven career in high-tech leadership, focusing on Enterprise Storage and Networking, Artificial Intelligence, and Venture Capital.  She has 25 years of industry experience, from co-founding storage semiconductor start-up Sierra Logic, to overseeing global engineering for Emulex Corporation as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Executive.  She has a passion for growing new businesses.   Margie has a BSEE degree from University of California at Davis.  

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Mike Thompson, Co-founder and CTO

In his 32 years of enterprise storage networking experience, Mike has architected numerous complex and high-performance ASIC solutions: the first generation Tachyon at Hewlett-Packard; an iSCSI controller at Little Mountain Group (which he co-founded in 1999, acquired by qLogic in 2001); the design of 40 and 100Gb rNIC and CNA controllers at Emulex. Mike holds 18 patents for his work on storage and networking controllers and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from California State University at Chico.

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Murthy Kompella, Co-founder and VP of Engineering

Murthy has spent the majority of his 24 years designing and implementing storage and networking controllers. He has led numerous teams from concept to final product on over two dozen ASICs while at HP, Agilent, Sierra Logic, and Emulex. Murthy has been awarded 15 patents for his ASIC design work, and holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Osmania University, India

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Bryan Cowger, VP of Sales and Marketing

In his 22 years in the storage networking industry, Bryan has held positions in R&D, Marketing, and Sales. After roles at HP and Agilent Technologies, he helped co-found Sierra Logic in 2001 (acquired by Emulex in 2006), leading the Sales and Marketing teams there. Bryan holds 4 patents for his architecture work on the Tachyon family. Bryan has a BSEE degree from the University of California at San Diego.

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Christine Davis, VP of Finance

In her 29 years in the technology industry, Christine has held senior positions in Accounting and Finance in venture-backed start-ups to pre- and post-public companies (TCSI, TIBCO, Ask.com, Ravenflow, SynapSense and ioSafe).  She was featured in Sacramento Business Journal’s CFO of the Year 2015 special publication of CFO honorees. Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University East Bay and is a Board member of FEI, Sacramento. 

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Mark Falcone, VP of Operations

In his 34 years in technology, Mark has had roles in Project Engineering, Program Management, and Operations Management, bridging two industries -- rocket propulsion and enterprise computing. His positions included: Director Avionics at United Technologies, Division Manager Enterprise Systems at Solectron, Enterprise Storage Section Manager at Hewlett-Packard, Vice President Operations at Sierra Logic, and Vice President of New Product Introductions at Emulex. Mark has a Masters degree in Industrial Studies/Technology from San Jose State University.