Board of Directors
Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman
Adrian Ionel is the CEO, co-founder and chairman of Mirantis. He joined the company in 2009 and initiated its investment in OpenStack. Since then, Mirantis grew into one of the most respected companies in open source cloud software. Adrian leads the company’s development, rooted in a culture of customer care, curiosity and technical excellence. Prior to Mirantis Adrian was CEO and founder of eOnline, VP and General Manager EMEA at Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS) and Venture Partner at Trident Capital. He earned a MSEE degree from the University of Erlagen-Nuernberg and started his career in R&D and product management. A Romanian by birth, Adrian has lived in the UK, Germany and Japan and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995. Outside work he loves power yoga, time with his family and the occasional mountain biking ride.
Co-Founder & Board Member
Alex Freedland is Mirantis’ co-founder and a board member. 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.
Insight Venture Partners
Stu Phillips is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners. He joined in 2016 with a successful 20 year technology investing track record and almost 20 years’ experience in corporate operating roles. At Insight he serves on the board of directors, or works with DataSift and Ensighten.
Prior to Insight, Stu was a general partner at Bay Partners where he was a board member or observer with Bay’s investments in Deis (formerly Engine Yard), Envia Systems, MiMoni, Mulesoft, Vaxart, and AMEC. Prior to their exits, he also managed investments in Covestor (acquired by Interactive Brokers), Eventful (acquired by CBS Local Media), Lending Club (NYSE:LC), Oncomed (NASDAQ: OMED), Zenprise (acquired by Citrix) and Paraccel (acquired by Actina).
Earlier in his career, Stu was a founding partner at Ridgelift Ventures and also served as a general partner at US Venture Partners, where he led investments in communications, software and services companies. These included Cacheflow, @Road, Procket Networks, Flyswat, Merlin Networks and Force10 Networks.
Before becoming a technology investor, Stu was VP of Central Engineering at Cisco, responsible for the strategy and development of Cisco’s IOS. He previously held leadership positions at Tandem Computers, Logica, and ICL.
Stu is a Commercial Pilot and an avid participant in RadioSport (the contesting side of Ham Radio). Stu lives with his wife, Barbara, in Woodside, CA, where the hardest decision is whether to turn left or right when they cycle on the many routes in the area. Stu earned a BS Electronic from Cardiff University in Wales, graduating summa cum laude.
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 Salesforce.com 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 Salesforce.com 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.
Independent Board Member
René Bonvanie 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.
Bryan Wolf is a seasoned investment professional and board member with an extensive operational background. He is currently a director for Mirantis and Switch, Inc. (NYSE: SWCH), and serves on both the Audit and Compensation committees for Switch. Previously Bryan was a Vice President of Intel Corporation and Managing Director of Intel Capital, where over two decades he took on progressively responsible investment and leadership roles, built high-performing investment teams and sponsored investments across a broad range of technologies and geographic domains. He also developed and implemented Intel Capital’s Investment Committee, serving as initial Chair and voting member.
Prior to joining Intel Capital Bryan was a Finance Manager for Intel, providing comprehensive finance and operational leadership to a new Server business group that eventually formed the basis for Intel’s current multi-$B Data Center Group. Bryan has been acknowledged by organizations such as Global Corporate Venturing for his investment activities, and speaks at conferences on investing and governance topics. He holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a BS in Political Science from the University of Oregon.