Alex Freedland

Co-Founder & CEO

Alex Freedland is Mirantis’ co-founder and CEO. With more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience, Alex brings a unique combination of business acumen and intimate understanding of the OpenStack community and technology. Alex serves on the Board of the OpenStack Foundation and was recently recognized by Business Insider as one of the “Most Important People in Cloud Computing”.

A serial Entrepreneur, Alex co-founded RSI Group, Inc., one of the world’s principal providers of Receivables Management Software, which sold to London Bridge Software PLC (now part of Fair Isaac Corporation–NYSE: FICO) at 800% return to the investors. Alex’s previous experience includes a wide range of technical and management positions with Tektronix, IBM, ADP, Netscape, and KLA-Tencor.

He holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University in California.

Jeff Horing

Insight Venture Partners

Jeff Horing has been a co-founder and managing director at Insight Venture Partners since 1995. Under his leadership Insight has become a premier venture capital and private equity firm with over $8 billion in committed capital for growth investments in software and internet businesses. Jeff’s areas of focus include data, analytics, mobile, and infrastructure and SaaS software in Europe and North America.

Jeff has invested in more than 30 companies, notably AirWatch (acquired by VMware), Greenfield Online (IPO, later acquired by Microsoft), Shutterstock (IPO), Teamviewer (acquired by Permira), and WIX (IPO Nasdaq: WIX).

Prior to founding Insight, Jeff worked at Warburg Pincus and Goldman Sachs. Jeff graduated from M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dharmesh Thakker

Independent Board Member

Dharmesh focuses on Cloud Infrastructure, Big Data and Embedded Software investments, and led Intel’s investment in 10gen, DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), ElasticBox, Enlighted, and Guavus Analytics. He joined Intel Capital from Advanced Technology Ventures.

Dharmesh brings strong entrepreneurial and operating experience in cloud software and SaaS to support his portfolio companies. At Keynote Systems (KEYN), he launched performance management solutions for many of the world’s leading video, mobile and web apps, and helped grow recurring SaaS revenue from 0 to $20mm in 2 years. He was also an early team member at InterNetwork (acquired by FinePoint) and Peakstone (acquired by Entrust) leading OEM and channel sales with HP, Exodus, and IBM. He received his MBA from Wharton and a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He is on the Advisory Board for The University of Texas Commercialization Office as well as other industry groups including TiE Angels and VentureBeat.

Jim Dvorkin


Jim Dvorkin has 15 years of technology and operational experience building companies in the cloud computing space.

Previously, Jim served as CTO at Five9 – a market leading cloud-based call center software company, where he was managed software development, data center operations, customer support and implementation, with a team of over 300 employees across 3 continents. Prior to that Jim has been a Vice President of Call Center Technology for where Jim created their Call Center Edition; today it has hundreds of thousands of users and generates a significant revenue stream for the company.

Prior to Jim launched a series of innovative cloud computing offerings, with technology leadership roles at a number of successful companies he co-founded: HipBone, an early provider of cloud-based web collaboration tools, was acquired by Kana; WhitePJ, a cloud-based provider of customer service and call center technology, was acquired by Contactual; NextAge Technologies, a leading skills-based workforce optimization solution for call centers, was acquired by Genesys/Alcatel. Products Jim helped develop have have enjoyed industry recognition through awards for innovation and excellence. He also holds multiple patents related to cloud deployment technologies.

When not thinking about technology, Jim enjoys playing golf and tennis.

René Bonvanie

Independent Board Member

René Bonvanie is the CMO of Palo Alto Networks. He has more than 25 years of executive management and marketing experience in enterprise technology. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing, SaaS, and IT at Serena Software, and was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at SAP. Earlier, as CMO at Business Objects, René was responsible for all marketing activity, including corporate communications, field marketing, and product marketing. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at VERITAS Software Corporation. In his 10 years as Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle Corporation, he managed the Oracle database product line, had editorial responsibility for Oracle Magazine and Profit Magazine, and co-founded Oracle’s developer program, Oracle Technology Network.

Lisa Davis

Intel Capital

Lisa Davis is vice president in Information Technology (IT) and general manager for supply chain IT for Intel Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for leading and developing the IT architecture and integrated technology solutions supporting Intel’s world-class supply chain.

Prior to joining Intel, Davis served as vice president for Information Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Georgetown University. She was responsible for all aspects of the university’s domestic and international information technology.

Before that, Davis had a 26-year career in the federal government, and as a member of the Senior Executive Service served in a variety of technology leadership roles including CIO of the U.S. Marshals Service in the Department of Justice, as well as CIO of the Counterintelligence Field Activity in the Department of Defense.

Throughout her career, Davis has been a champion for women in technology and leadership – channeling that passion into leading professional development initiatives for women.

Davis holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in human resources management from Golden Gate University. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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